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Authentic and comfy Indian food in Abu Dhabi with unmatched views
If like us you absolutely can’t resist warm butter naans, dal makhani and traditional Indian food, then read on.
Located in Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Ushna is an award-winning Indian restaurant that we were keen on trying out. So, of course when we received an invitation to experience the spot, we were ready to give it a go. Upon entering we couldn’t help but admire the unbeatable view of Sheik Zayed Mosque from the outdoor terrace and the indoor dining hall.
Diners are usually welcomed with the Chef’s appetizers that keep changing on a daily basis throughout the week. Our meal started with the lentil soup that came along with a mashed potato dumpling topped with ginger.
We adored the flavorful starter called Chemeen Polichattu, chunky tiger prawns flavored with spices, fresh tomatoes and caramalized onions, cooked together in banana leaves, an ancient and traditional wrapping method from South India.
Before the main course arrived, the attentive staff brought us an almond and lemon drink to cleanse our palate (something they also keep changing the flavors for).
We enjoyed sharing different combinations such as Chicken Ghee Roast, a Mangalorean classic stir-fry chicken with caramelized coconut shreds and spices – and Ghost Khada Masala, lamb cooked with whole garam masala, cherry tomatoes, butter onions and fresh garlic-you can always request the spice level you prefer for each dish.
Our favorite dish was the Murgh Makhani that we enjoyed with butter naan; the chicken was cooked in a tandoor and simmered in a tomato-based gravy and finished with cream, butter and dried fenugreek. For our accompanients, we went for a Dal Makhani and Subz Dum Byriani that was interestingly served with different veggies such as mushrooms and green peas.
The desserts were quite heavenly -the flourless chocolate cake was divine. We will however definitely try the Rasmalai again-a typical Indian dessert it is a soft milk dumpling served chilled with saffron and cardamon flavored condensed milk. The dish was topped with chewy and fried thin pan salad and a cotton candy bite on the side, adding different colors, textures and tastes together.
The staff is really focused on making you experience an authentic Indian culinary journey and is eager to share their knowledge to help you understand Indian food traditions.
USHNA Restaurant in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi – Between Two Bridges
Souk Qaryat Al Beri
Tel : +971 2 558 17 69
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