Asha Bhosle, the world-renowned Indian singer and actress, has brought music to the menu with her award-winning Indian restaurant chain. With 19 locations across the globe, Asha’s at Wafi is all set to celebrate the festival of lights in their unique style. Treat your taste buds to North-West Indian cuisine including signature dishes such as butter chicken, dal makhani and kesar biryani. Done the traditional way, guests dining between October 25 to October 27 will be offered a welcome drink and sweet box. Choose the terrace seating for maximum fab views. Call 04 324 4100 to make reservations.

[More dining choices: Diwali restaurant guide]

[More dining choices: Diwali restaurant round-up]



With a focus on Nawabi flavours, the restaurant at Movenpick Hotel and Apartments Bur Dubai highlights Indian fine-dining done with simplicity and flair. Classical instrument music in the form of Ghazals and a special decoration set especially for the festival ensure some serious festive vibes. Celebrate this Diwali in true Lucknowi style with biryanis, kebabs and pistachio and saffron dumplings all on the menu, cooked with techniques used in the royal kitchen of Awadh. From October 26-28; lunch/dinner for Dh120. For reservations call 04 310 4340.



The only replica of its famous original branch in New Delhi, Bukhara in Ajman Hotel is a great spot if you like both your trends and tradition. The eatery specialises in various methods of Indian cooking, with a slant to north Indian origins. Once there, do try the chef’s favourite – lobster cooked in a tandoori oven and garnished with grilled vegetables. This Diwali, you have the option to choose between a vegetarian menu priced at Dh200 and a non-vegetarian menu for Dh250, followed by chef’s special dessert, from October 25 to October 31. The veg dishes include subz Rampuri seekh, a mix of seasonal vegetables minced with an array of spices cooked in tandoor and served skewered. Non-vegetarians can look forward to rawa machchi, king fish marinated with cumin and chillies, crumbed with fine semolina and shallow-fried to perfection. Lunch from 12.30pm to 3pm and dinner from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. For reservations email or call

06 714 5582.

Chor Bazaar


Step inside the ‘thieves market’ to take a gastronomic tour inspired by the ancient spice route. Chor Bazaar at Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai has three traditional tandoor ovens burning bright at the very entrance, giving the restaurant its signature aroma. Enjoy a selection of authentic Indian favourites straight from its tandoor ovens including signature lamb chops, chicken tikka and some traditional naan to go with it along with a wide range of sweets unique to the festival. Vegetarian-friendly options are also available. From Dh185 per person between October 24

and November 1. Call 04 444 5613 for bookings.



Gharana, meaning family, already sounds like the perfect spot to dine with your loved ones. The regal heritage-themed restaurant in Al Barsha houses a traditional Chandi Jhula (silver swing) and is inspired by some of the famous gharanas of Punjab, Lucknow, Jaipur and Hyderabad. Music plays a pivotal role in enhancing the experience too, with ghazals and classical tunes creating the perfect ambience – plus finger-clicking, feet tapping rhythms produced by the resident quartet is on offer too. Signature dishes include murgh ghazala – a clay oven delicacy, and dal gharana – dal makhni slow-cooked overnight. Specially recommended sweet treats are malai ghewar and gajar ka halwa. Try their special set menu running for Diwali week for Dh125 per person. Call 04 323 4333.