Reviewed: Little Lahore
We’ve all enjoyed those experiences when the food in a particular restaurant is so good, all conversation during the meal is put on hold. All that matters, for those few moments, is what’s in front of us, and how quickly we can get get it from the plate to
That’s precisely how we feel during our trip to Little Lahore, a Pakistani-inspired restaurant located in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. The setting is perfect and having opted for an outside table, we are able to enjoy a lake-facing view while we dine. Attentive waiting staff can’t do enough for us and given the fact the venue is relatively quiet, we receive their full, undivided attention.
Families around us are tucking into their various plates and as the food is moved from kitchen to table, the smell and aromas of the various dishes only serve to remind us of just how hungry we actually are.
One quick glance at the menu and we know it’s going to be a difficult choice, but the gola kebab and aloo tikki (spicy potato cakes served with tamarind sauce) are the pick of the starters.
Having impressively devoured the cheese naan in record time (we reckon), the mains arrive a little prematurely, but the butter chicken, which is tender and boneless, doesn’t disappoint. In truth, satisfying flavours which leave you feeling full, but somehow still craving more, are a recurring theme throughout our visit. With barbecue and vegetarian options, there is something for everyone at Little Lahore, and while a selection of desserts is genuinely the last thing we need, well, it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?
You can opt for global picks, such as chocolate mousse and pecan pie, or alternatively step out of your comfort zone and give more traditional dishes such as shahi tukray, a desi version of bread pudding, or mutka kulfi, ice cream churned with full cream milk and infused with saffron, a bash, which is precisely what we do. The verdict: Well, let’s just say Little Lahore have more than enough credit in the bank courtesy of the wonderful starters and mains to ensure we are heading home deeply satisfied and, to put it bluntly, in need of a lie down.
Where: Cluster J, JLT
Contact: +971 4 441 4270
Three to try
Gajar Ka Halwa
A traditional carrot pudding with butter and cream. Heaven to taste, bad for the waist.
A beef shank curry which is slow cooked with taditional herbs and spices. Delightful.
Steak and cheese quesadilla
Steak. Cheese. Quesadilla. Three words we’re always grateful to see next to each other. With tomatoes and olives also involved, you know you’re onto a winner.