Restaurant Review: Asha’s, Wafi

Get an education in Indian classics, culinary as well as Bollywood
Tuesday , 08 May 2012
The most striking dishes on the menu are lost classics
The most striking dishes on the menu are lost classics

Location: Wafi Mall
Tel: 04 324 4100
Dress code: Smart-casual
Cuisine: Indian
Times: 12.30pm to 3pm and 7pm to midnight, daily
Price Range: $$$

Much like the iconic Indian singer Asha Bhosle who owns the restaurant, Asha’s strength lies in combining top talent with a penchant for versatility. Between the 79-year-old songstress and Chef Saleem Qureshi, whose family traces its roots to India’s royal kitchens, there’s a treasure trove of recipes so unique that they don’t make ‘em like that anymore. 

Asha’s tagline says, “contemporary Indian cuisine”, but the most striking dishes on the menu are lost classics really, all fine examples of the astounding variety that makes up the country’s culinary history. Kebab sultanpuri from Uttar Pradesh creates mincemeat magic, chingli chaap from the North East makes for finger food wholesomeness and Khandesh brinjals in peanut sauce revives the earthy flavours of Maharashtra.         

Indulge in celeb spotting of the photowall kind when you’re in Asha’s – check out pics of Asha Bhosle with everyone from Oscar winner A R Rahman to Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan. From dishes on the menu courtesy of the owner’s many A-list friends to the melodic film music that plays soulfully in the background, the restaurant is as fulfilling for fans of Indian cinema as it is for followers of Indian food.

On the Menu

Chingli chaap, Dhs85
Kebab sultanpuri, Dhs75

Monaji’s same old chicken curry and rice pulao, Dhs75
Saleem’s dal makhni, Dhs57

Rasmalai, Dhs45
Apple jilebi, Dhs45

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