If you’re from North India, especially New Delhi or Punjab, then you too, like us, would associate Sagar Ratna, with mostly South Indian fare, including but not limited to the range of dosa, idli, and uthappam. So, it was quite a surprise for us when at Sagar Ratna, Dubai, we were told we’d be sampling authentic Marwari cuisine.

Ghee, bring it on! As we sample an authentic Marwari meal at Sagar Ratna, Dubai, we vouch for the fact that there’s nothing known as too much ghee. Sit back, soak in the Rajasthani folk music, and eat on…

– The Indian Trumpet’s Summer Special Edition

We learnt from the people behind the team, who happen to hail from Jodhpur, that whilst they did borrow the name when they bought in the entity, they decided to stick to the name, yet offer a Rajasthani meal. They do offer North Indian fare as well. With the ‘turban’scape on the walls and the food mats on our tables, and the servers adorning colourful turbans as well, we knew we were in for a treat.

We also learnt that the chefs were from the land too, and hence looked forward to an authentic meal. Fun fact: During the last IPL hosted in the UAE, the restaurant claims to have prepared many meals for the players of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Delhi Capitals. Let’s dig in, shall we?

When: On a recent Saturday afternoon

Where: Sagar Ratna, Oud Mehta Road, Dubai

And we recommend.

What we loved and why?

Jodhpur Pyaaz Kachori, think their version of Samosa or Vada Pav.
Soya Chaap Ke Sule, well, even the meat-eaters ‘agreed’ this was as close as it can get to the meaty-snack, in terms of texture and marination.
Dal Baati Churma (of course!), eat in peace, keep adding ghee and dal, as you go along.
Bikaneri Gulab Jamoon ki subzi ever heard of that? We loved the gulab jamoon in the gravy version. Move over, sweet syrup, we say.
Jodhpuri Makhaniya Lassi, which was close to biting into a dessert, as our glasses came with spoons to scoop out the malai.

And no meal is complete without meetha, and if there is ghewar on offer, no one can have just one! Go on, indulge.

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