Farzi Cafe: Bringing Indian Cuisine back “in-Vogue”

Infusing a generous dose of Indian flavours, Farzi Café presents Indian cuisine where culinary art meets the alchemy of modern presentations and cooking techniques like molecular gastronomy to absorb the guest into the ultimate gastronomic illusion. With a vision of bringing Indian Cuisine back “in-Vogue”, Farzi Café endeavours to showcase a unique, modernist approach to Indian food, where guests not only enjoy culinary innovations as part of its tapas style menu but also offers a high energy space, perfect for a relaxing dining experience. This is the vision of Farzi Cafe, as mentioned in their website.

There have been so many good reviews about Farzi Cafe since they’ve first opened their doors in Dubai, and I’ve read so many food bloggers gushing about the food, the presentation, the ambiance, and the service. Yet, it was only a few days ago that I was finally able to see what the fuss is all about.

I have only good words and praise for the quality of their service, food presentation, creativity, and taste. As you scroll down this page, you’ll notice I haven’t done much beyond sharing the pictures and listing down the ingredients. I’ve run out of adjectives to describe how good each dish was! The only downside was their table; they’re too narrow and cramped. Farzi Café, please do something about them!

Amuse Bouche:

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These cute, little pots of yogurt and berry compote are pop-in-the-mouth delicious.

Starters & Main Course:

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Aubergine Quesadillas 

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Tempura Dynamite Prawns
Batter fried prawns, chili mayonnaise atop lemon and chili foam, tobanjan tobiko

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Cottage Cheese Scramble Tarts.
Fresh cottage cheese and pepper scrambled to perfection, encased in a tart.

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Raj Kachori with Crisp Okra Salad and Chutney Foam
Crispy shells containing tangy pumpkin and sweetened yogurt, with crisp fried okra salad on the side, and chutney foam on top.

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F.F.C – Farzi Fried Chicken
Fried and seasoned chicken drumsticks, barbecue cream, and crispy lotus chips.

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Braised lamb chops

Fall off the bones lamb chops marinated well with maple and kokum glaze sprinkled with micro popcorn.

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Dal Chawal Arancini

Countryside lentil risotto balls, pickled mayo, and poppadum rolls. I loved this! 

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Chermoula Crusted Paneer Tikka, Couscous Salad, San Marzano Mankhni
Barbecue roasted fresh cottage cheese, cashew coated with Chermoula spices, bed of masala couscous, tomato gravy.

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Farzified Shwarma Biryani
8 hours cooked leg of lamb, dum biryani, kachumbar labneh.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

A traditional classic dish that’s composed of tender chicken morsels and mixed with San Marzano Curry. This dish was served in a red telephone booth because the dish has been famed as a favorite food in London.

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Mutton Pepper Fry, Layered Flaky Paratha
Lamb morsels, traditional spices, flaky gourmet bread.

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Cayenne Spiked Prawns, Lemon Fried Rice
Peppered prawns with lemon fried rice.

Dessert:

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Warm Semolina and Banana Syrup Cake, Saffron and Pistachio Ice Cream.

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Lotus Biscuit Cheesecake, Milk Custard, Cookie Dough Essence.

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Rissoto Phirni Oxide
This was made right at our table using liquid nitrogen and mixing it with a very popular Indian dessert, called Phirni, which was cooked with Italian risotto rice with saffron milk, mawa crumble, nuts, frozen sugar, and rose petals. 

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Legendary Karak Chai Ice Cream, Fresh Baked Cinnamon Cookies.

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Rasmalai Tres Leches, Carrot Cream, Rose Petal Net.

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The reason why there’s so much food is because this was lunch with my colleagues, and we’ve had so much fun sampling each other’s food. Unlike Tresind—another exceptional modernist Indian fine dining establishment, but with a formal setting and much higher price tag—Farzi Café is casual and affordable.

Take a look at the cute menu photographed by Al John Mangahas. Ruchi loved the cold Irish coffee with vanilla foam (something I’d like to try next time!). Krishna Marie tried and recommends the tandoori mushroom chaat. See Zeyna enjoying her Farzified Piña Colada! Are you a vegetarian? Check out The Vegetarian Soul’s review about the place and see if Farzi Café is for you. Oh, and the bill comes in a typewriter! Take a look at this picture by Pickle My Fancy.

Farzi Café
Building No.5, City Walk Phase 2, Al Safa, Dubai
Phone: +971 526892036 | +971 43942556

There is a huge underground parking in City Walk. There are very nice and modern-looking prayer rooms in the area. I went with my colleagues for lunch on a weekday and the place was abuzz with professionals, families and children. We were a group of ten and the total bill came up to AED 1,300.

6 comments

  1. The chef is very artistic. He must have really love his work. I would really want to try this restaurant when I’ll come to visit

    1. The restaurant scene here has changed so much since you visited us! You should plan for a brief stopover in Dubai on your next trip to wherever 😀

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