11 best Kerala restaurants in Dubai with prices

by Danni B

Dubai is a melting pot of cultures, with people from all around the world calling this bustling city their home. Among them is a significant population from Kerala, India, who have brought with them their rich culture and delicious cuisine.

As anyone who has moved away from home knows, there’s nothing quite like the taste of authentic dishes that remind you of your roots. For those seeking the best Kerala restaurants in Dubai, I’ve put together this guide to help you find the best places to indulge in traditional Kerala cuisine.

From fragrant curries to crispy dosas, get ready to experience all the flavours right here in Dubai!

Even if you’re not from Kerala, this region of India is known for its mouthwatering and tasty cuisine. Especially dishes from the unique Malabar region. Kerala dishes typically incorporate coconut, spices and meat, fish or vegetables.

This list of recommended restaurants is based on the dining-in experience. Take-out orders can vary compared to food fresh inside the restaurant. Many on our list offer both. Prices are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change.

1. Salkara Restaurant – Media City, Qusais & Al Warqa

Salkara Restaurant, with 3 locations in Dubai and 1 in Sharjah, is a must-visit for those seeking authentic and fresh Kerala home-style food. This restaurant prides itself on serving traditional South Indian dishes, each dish is cooked with care and attention to detail. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a full meal, sure to satisfy your cravings for delicious Kerala cuisine.

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Key information & prices:

Location: Dubai Media City, Qusais, Al Warqa 1 & Al Nahda, Sharjah
Timing: Everyday – 7:30 am till 11:00 pm (Other branches vary slightly)
Main dishes start from 17 AED

Rating: 4.1 out of 5

Tel: +971 4 874 7150

2. Calicut Foodies – Muhaisnah & JLT

Calicut Foodies is a highly recommended restaurant that offers a great variety of Kerala food. This restaurant is known for its delicious and flavoursome dishes that are prepared with fresh ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. In addition to the mouth-watering food, Calicut Foodies is also praised for its excellent value for money and top-notch hospitality. The service staff are friendly, helpful and willing to go the extra mile to ensure customers have an enjoyable dining experience.

Key information & prices:

Location: Madina Mall, Muhaisnah 4 & Cluster C, JLT
Timing: Everyday – 10 am till 12 am (JLT 12 pm till 11:30 pm)
Main dishes start from 13 AED

Rating: 4.3 out of 5

Tel: +971 052 763 3100

3. Malabar Express – Karama

Malabar Express is an authentic restaurant that offers delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The unique seating arrangement on the first floor gives you a feeling of being seated on a train while enjoying fast and efficient service.

The menu features traditional Kerala dishes which are tasty and authentic. The train element especially makes it more than just a restaurant but an immersive culinary experience that transports you straight to Kerala.

Key information & prices:

Location: Karama
Timing: Everyday – 11:30 am till 12:30 am
Main dishes start from 13 AED

Rating: 4.2 out of 5

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Tel: +971 4 358 4004

4. Aaraamam Restaurant – Karama, Bur Dubai & Oud Mehta

Craving for some mouth-watering South Indian cuisine in Dubai? Look no further than Aaraamam restaurant! This hidden gem is famous among South Indian nationals and has not one, but two locations in Karama along with Bur Dubai & Oud Mehta.

Serving up authentic Kerala dishes that will transport your taste buds to the streets of India. But be warned, with its popularity comes a downside! You may have to wait a bit before snagging a table at this buzzing eatery and while the food is definitely worth the wait! The service can sometimes fall short due to how busy it gets. But trust us when we say that it’s all worth it once you take your first bite of their scrumptious dishes.

Key information & prices:

Location: Karama, Bur Dubai & Oud Mehta
Timing: Everyday – 6:30 am till 12:30 am (Karama)
Main dishes start from 10.50 AED

Rating: 4.4 out of 5

Tel: +971 4 397 8139 (Karama main branch)

5. Appam Corner Restaurant – Dubai Investment Park & Dubai Silicon Oasis

What sets Appam Corner apart from others on the list is its wide range of dishes, including North Indian and Chinese options. So if one member of your dinner party feels like eating something different it’s the ideal spot!

Appam Corner Restaurant offers a special weekday deal; free Appam with any curry or side dish purchase. Trust us when we say their Appams are soft and oh-so-tasty. It’s no wonder that regulars keep coming back for more! So if you’re looking for a place to satisfy your cravings for delicious food, head on over!

Key information & prices:

Location: Dubai Investment Park (DIP) & Dubai Silicon Oasis
Timing: Everyday – 7 am till 12 pm (DIP)
Main dishes start from 14 AED

Rating: 4.1 out of 5

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Tel: +971 4 881 6464

6. Golden Sands – Mankhool

Just on the borders of Mankhool close to the historic district of Dubai, Golden Sands is a hidden gem of Dubai. Tucked away inside a building and waiting to be discovered by foodies. One of the highlights of this restaurant is the affordable weekend breakfast buffet.

The restaurant offers a variety of Kerala-style dishes that are sure to please any palate. From fluffy idly to spicy curries, Golden Sands serves up some of the best South Indian cuisines.

Key information & prices:

Location: Mankhool
Timing: Everyday – 8 am till 11:30 pm
Main dishes start from 12 AED

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Tel: +971 4 351 6633

7. Paragon – Karama & Al Nahda

For those who want to experience the authentic taste of Kerala cuisine, Calicut Paragon in Dubai is a must-visit. This restaurant is part of the Paragon chain, which originated in Kozhikode (Calicut) in India and now has branches in Dubai and across Kerala.

Serving up a variety of traditional dishes that will transport your taste buds straight to Kerala. However, it’s worth noting that prices at Calicut Paragon are on the more expensive side compared to other Indian restaurants on the list. But for those willing to splurge on quality, it’s worth it.

Key information & prices:

Location: Al Karama & Al Nahda
iming: Everyday – 7:30 am till 12:30 am (Karama)
Main dishes start from 16 AED

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Tel: + 971 4 335 8700

8. Nellara Restaurant – Qusais

If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Malabar in Dubai, Nellara Restaurant is yet another great option. With over a decade of experience serving the residents of Dubai, this restaurant offers delicious dishes with an emphasis on the flavours we know and love.

The ambience is also noteworthy, providing a pleasant and comfortable dining experience. Don’t forget to try their chai, which is particularly good! As anyone who knows me will tell you, what a fussy Karak chai connoisseur I am! Despite its quality, the prices at Nellara are moderate; making it an accessible choice for those on a budget.

Key information & prices:

Location: Al Qusais
Timing: Everyday – 8 am till 12 am
Main dishes start from 15 AED

Rating: 4.1 out of 5

Tel: +971 52 506 8231

9. Dhe Puttu Restaurant – Karama

If you’re a fan of traditional Kerala cuisine, Dhe Puttu in Dubai is a must-visit. As the name suggests, this restaurant specialises in Puttu – a popular breakfast dish made from steamed rice flour and coconut. The menu features a variety of delicious Puttu flavours, as well as other classic Kerala dishes. Be prepared for some spice and possibly a wait due to the restaurant’s popularity. With branches in Southern India and Dubai, Dhe Puttu is definitely worth checking out for an authentic taste of Kerala cuisine.

Key information & prices:

Location: Al Karama
Timing: Everyday – 12 pm till 12 am
Main dishes start from 13 AED

Rating: 4 out of 5

Tel: +971 4 347 7774

10. Kairali – Barsha Heights

Located in the Ramee Rose Hotel, Kairali Restaurant is easily accessible in the middle area of Dubai Barsha Heights. Making it convenient for Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai residents alike!

With its focus on Kerala cuisine and comfortable ambience, it’s no wonder that this restaurant has become a popular choice for those seeking a taste of back home. Whether you’re looking to try new dishes or indulge in your favourite Kerala classics, Kairali’s menu has something for everyone. You can even go enjoy a Bollywood night in the same location after you’ve finished!

*One of the only locations that serve alcohol

Key information & prices:

Location: Barsha Heights
Timing: Everyday – 12 pm till 4 am
Main dishes start from 16 AED

Rating: 4 out of 5

Tel: +971 4 450 0111

11. Saarangaa Bhojan Shala – Dubai Marina, Discovery Gardens, Business Bay & Bur Dubai

Exclusively offering vegetarian food, the restaurant has both Tamil and Kerala chefs. YouTubers and social media influencers flock to their various locations to try the biggest Dosa in Dubai! Another option that offers North Indian and Chinese options alongside South Indian for those desiring more variety to choose from.

I visited their Dubai Marina branch when I first moved to Dubai in 2013 and greatly enjoyed my meal. When I went to the Business Bay branch a few years ago, I sadly didn’t enjoy it as much as the first time. However, it’s definitely one of those Dubai bucket list restaurants to show off your humungous dosa!

Key information & prices:

Location: Dubai Marina, Discovery Gardens, Business Bay, Bur Dubai & Al Khan, Sharjah
Timing: Everyday – 7:30 am till 11:30 pm
Main dishes start from 12 AED

Rating: 4 out of 5

Tel: +971 55 83 42 560 (Dubai Marina branch)

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If you’re looking for a taste of Kerala in Dubai, there is certainly an amazing variety of restaurants to choose from that offer authentic and delicious cuisine. For a truly unique experience, be sure to check out Malabar Express with it’s first floor set inside a traditional Kerala train.

For those mouth-watering authentic favourites, Aaraamnam Restaurant is the perfect spot for you to eat among Kerala nationals. Finally, if you’re looking for an evening of fun and entertainment along with delicious food, Karali is the place to be with evening options available in the same spot. No matter which restaurant you choose, one thing is certain!

You’re in for a treat when it comes to Kerala cuisine in Dubai! Don’t forget to check Cobone.com before you go!

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