AriO'Rotti – Mutton Biriyani – Dhs 20 – Madina Mall Dubai

Ariorotti interiors
Ariorotti interiors
Biriyani - chicken(dhs 15), mutton(dhs 20) and fish(dhs 19)
Biriyani – chicken(dhs 15), mutton(dhs 20) and fish(dhs 19)

So here I am at one of the most hyped keralite restaurant this month called Ariorotti. Ariorotti claims to deliver some of the best Thalassery dishes onto your plate. To some of you, Thalaserry(currently known as Tellicherry) is located in the northern part of kerala and is very famous for their tantalizing dishes. So here’s a restaurant trying to breath and bring the spirit of Tellicherry to Dubai which has been started by a bunch of entrepreneurs. The restaurant was inaugurated few weeks back and the marketing has done a good job in getting the reach to their audience. Now let’s see if the restaurant can stay up to their hype.

Telicherry - The Paris of Kerala
Telicherry – The Paris of Kerala
Ariorotti interiors
Ariorotti interiors
Ariorotti interiors
Ariorotti interiors

It’s my first visit to Madina Mall. Out of the restaurants located in Madina Mall food court, Ariorotti had an elegance to it with its interior design of beautiful wallpaper along with pictures, frames, chandeliers and colored windows. The history of Thalasssery is told well on their walls and you can actually begin to feel the spirit in them. Their menu had some very interesting dishes which you might not find else where and we decided to try a little of everything. The disappointment came when the restaurant informed us that they could only offer us biriyanis, 2 types of curry and only porottas for saturday lunch. Too late, I’ve driven all the way to Madina mall so bring what you have!

Biriyani - chicken(dhs 15), mutton(dhs 20) and fish(dhs 19)
Biriyani – chicken(dhs 15), mutton(dhs 20) and fish(dhs 19)
Fish Biriyani - Dhs 19
Fish Biriyani – Dhs 19
Mutton Biriyani - Dhs 20
Mutton Biriyani – Dhs 20
Chicken Biriyani - Dhs 15
Chicken Biriyani – Dhs 15

The first came the biriyanis and they came with the expected bells and whistles such as the pickles, curd and pappads. The biriyanis tasted impressive. The mutton biriyani was my favourite out of the lot. The biriyani taste did take me back to Thalassery. Surely they got that one right. I also specifically enjoyed their pickle, it tasted more like a homemade pickle and making pickles at home is quite trendy in Tellicherry. Mind you the portion size of the biriyani is limited to one person only, I felt the portion size was a little less compared to other restaurants.

Alsa - Dhs 10 - Traditional dish based on wheat grain and chicken
Alsa – Dhs 10 – Traditional dish based on wheat grain and chicken

Then I tried their Alsa which is normally the starter at any Thalassery weddings before the maincourse. You pour sugar and have it licking. It looked pretty but we really couldn’t feel the wheat grain and chicken in it. This one could have been better. My guests that accompanied me had the same impression.

RIGHT - Fish Mulakitttah - Dhs 15 and  LEFT- Chicken Malli Curry - Dhs 20
RIGHT – Fish Mulakitttah – Dhs 15 and LEFT- Chicken Malli Curry – Dhs 20

The only 2 curries that were available for the afternoon were impressive enough. I was specially happy with fish mulakittah cause not all restaurants get it right. Normally they just throw lot of color and spice in it but the one here was well prepared and definitely went well with the hot and crispy porotas. By the way I loved their porotas and unfortunatley I missed taking pictures of it 🙁 We did get some complimentary sweet called mambayaram payasam at the end which needed improvement. I’ve had better ones from Thalassery and I am sure they can work on it.

complimentary sweet
complimentary sweet

Overall I am happy with their maincourse and it does taste homemade. This restaurant is definitely worth a visit specially those who are not from Thalassery. The one downside is that they still can’t offer all that they mention on their menu. Even the basic milk tea is not available. Right now they have an excuse of newly opened restaurant but not sure how long they can keep that excuse. Otherwise I’d like to visit them again specially if they can deliver what they mention on their menu. Click pictures below to view the full screen view:

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