Today was a visit to the Gold Souk in Deira then again onto the largest mall in Dubai – Dubai Mall, to view the famous Dancing fountains.
Getting into Deira, the vibe had a dramatic change from the Jumeriah area. Lots more people on the roads, more kaos and the streets were lined with hagglers.
Every 5th person was trying to sell us fake watches, handbags, and everything else, this was very foreign to Neha & Pooja – both felt very uncomfortable.
An endless line of gold stores, showcasing gold designs from very simple to very very crazy! Did find one showcasing a GOLD boot – this could do well for the Khatri Soccer best boot award – now to find a sponsor for this!
Walking through to the Spice markets, nothing much of interest and girls were not enjoying it at all, time for next stop – Dubai Mall. Getting out of the Spice markets was a challenge and an even bigger challenge was finding a Taxi!
Finally got to Dubai mall, first was to find a place to have lunch. Walking around the Souk area in the mall, we stumbled across Patiala Indian restaurant – could not resist Indian for lunch, decided to try that and it was the best decision. The place had a very nice interior and great service. The staff were super helpful in suggesting the dishes and the perfect mocktail for Nita.
Ordered Butter chicken and their signature Patialashail Meat – Lamb curry, along with Garlic naans. The butter chicken was very nice, but it was the LAMB that stole the show, it was to die for. The best Lamb curry we have had to date!! If you are a fan of Lamb, you need to try this.
The Garlic naans were made to perfection, not too doughy with the right amount of garlic. What a meal, the best Indian to-date! The only negative was the prices, they are on the steep side – but it seems most of Dubai is on that pricing .
Highly recommended restaurant – Patiala Indian @ Dubai Mall.
Lunch done, now for some pics with the Burj Khalifa off the bridge connecting to the Souk with the Dubai mall – this bridge has a great views to the Khalifa.
Nita and Neha then hit the girly stores, whilst Pooja was with me roaming about.
Was around 5pm, good time for a coffee break, we all met up at Laduree. Nice place to relax and kill time for the dancing fountains which start at 6:30pm. Whilst mine and Nita’s coffees were good, Neha’s Ice Chocolate was a big disappointment, it seemed they had simply mixed Milk with some cocoa and forgot the ice cream!
Whilst there, Pooja headed to the Apple store near by to play with the Ipads.
When I finally did catch up with Pooja in the Apple store, she had managed to create her sketches on the iPad, was very impressed with the work. She was hooked to this gadget and was now on top of her wish list.
The Apple store provided a great unobstructed views to the fountains, much better than being on the crowded bridge.
Whilst the view from here was great it was not the same without the music. We all met up at 5 guys burger joint around 7:30pm, this placed offered great views to the fountains and was not too crowded. Had a great vantage point from here.
The dancing fountains were nice, and done very well. It had been a long day, time to head back to the hotel.