It’s all about the eggs at Raju Omlet restaurant, thats quickly managed to become one of the best spots in Dubai for breakfast. Come for the Indian- style eggs, however you like them and stay for the chai (tea). Great value for money too!
If you were to find a common thread between every country, cuisine and culture across the world – eggs for breakfast would certainly be one of them. Everyone has a style they favour (whether runny, hard-boiled or cooked) and most of us tend to eat within our comfort zones. That is where Raju Omlet as a concept comes in nicely – for Indians who grew up with eggs, a trip here takes you down memory lane. For those that didn’t, this is a truly unique proposition – one of exploratory nature where you find a brand new way of taking your eggs!
The interiors of this cosy space are eye-catching, within seconds they transport you to Mumbai. The life-size Bollywood art (whats chai without a side of superstar Amitabh Bacchan), quirky egg puns, traditional Indian tiffins, kettles and other very retro memorabilia. Busy-body staff dressed in whites with Gandhi topis (hats – see here), take down orders briskly. Its all very no-muss no-fuss Indian cafeteria style.
One of the biggest reasons we keep returning to Raju (besides their eggs of course) is the Indian-style Kadak masala chai (not the karak tea) and Adrak chai (ginger tea). Served in classic street-sy cups, this is the closest thing to authentic Mumbai road-side chai, the one that wakes the city up. What makes me (the non-chai drinker) happy is the Instant coffee – strong and frothy, just as I remember.
When it comes to the food, all those breakfast excursions means we’ve practically tried most of the menu and now have favourites. The Crush Half Fry – eggs cooked sunny side up (runny, just as I like them) topped off with boiled egg shavings, onions, green chillies, tomatoes and a “secret” spice mix that I’d absolutely love to uncover. With a side of generously slathered and lightly toasted buttered pav. The joy of mopping up the gloriously runny egg with bits of spice and bread is everything!
For days when I feel all Green-Goddess like I opt for their light and fluffy power omelette cooked with paste of pureed spinach, capsicum, onion with spices – never bitter from the spinach, the proportions are just right. Don’t go expecting french-style omelettes – this is a very Indian-take on how omelettes are made in homes and on that parameter, they shine!
If you’re throwing caution to the wind being weekend and all or nursing a hangover, go straight for the bowl of Eggs Gotala – grated boiled eggs cooked in a curry with the classic onion-tomato-ginger-garlic base. The curry isn’t hot (spicy) but the ginger brings just the right amount of warmth. Even the way the eggs are shredded is rather unique so you’ll be pleasantly surprised at its moreish bite.
A sneaky little show-stopper (you blink you miss) is strangely their green chutney. Its this ubiquitous condiment thats usually on most restaurant tables but I guarantee you the one at Raju Omlet is nothing like the regular suspects. The green chilli hit isn’t over-powering to begin with, which means you can eat it with most dishes without feeling the burn. It has this beautiful fresh lingering tart-ness that just sets it apart. So do me a favour make sure you enjoy this little treat when you are there.
For paratha lovers, their Pahadi Chicken & Egg roll and the Egg and Cheese Roll are stalwarts. Paratha cuddling the combination of boiled egg, spices and generous portion of cheddar cheese, I mean whats not to love about that!
Even a glass of fresh orange juice comes “Raju” style with some serious punch (rock salt in this case), you’d be crazy not to venture here for a true taste of eggs Indian-style. With a bit a spice, a little chilli-kick and a whole lot attitude! Thats your weekend morning sorted.
Location: Raju Omlet, Near Noor Islamic Metro Station, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz, Dubai