Welcome to the world of Vada Pao – Mumbai’s famous street food in Dubai with some fusion of different flavors of the world. A quirky, colorful, cute and small restaurant in the busy lanes of Karama, Dubai will spoil your taste buds with many varieties of Indian sliders with western fusion. The specialty of this cute and small restaurant is Vada Pao or Vada Pav which is also a fusion street food from Mumbai. This weekend, I and my family was invited to O’Pao Indian sliders, Dubai for lunch and hence presenting my review of O’ Pao Indian Sliders, Dubai – Explore the Best Vada Pao in Dubai. Read this post that why all foodies should try this place for amazing flavors of Vada Pao.
The origination of Vada Pao or Indian Burger dates from the 1960’s in Mumbai from the colonies of textile mill workers. The person behind to start this new dish is Ashok Vaidya in 1966 and he brought the unique concept of assembling the dumplings of potato fritters known as Vada into Portuguese style of bun known as Pao with some coriander dips, spices and fried peanuts and selling it at very nominal price so that common man can afford and have full meal too. Earlier it was popular among the common man, but now from common man to celebrities, this Vada Pao is popular Mumbai style street food in international food markets too. Even McDonalds too have created a similar concept of Mc Aloo Tikki Burger to compete with Vada Pao in Indian markets. But you can never beat the spicy flavors of Vada Pao(Indian street style burger). Now you can see how popular and favorite is Vada Pao and therefore O’Pao too has brought the same Mumbai’s flavors to Dubai and also added many unique variations and twists to authentic Vada Pao. O’ Pao Dxb serves 16 varieties of Vada Pao. This will surely tickle your taste buds and also many of you will enjoy some unique and authentic flavors too.
Note – Though I was invited by O’Pao Indian Sliders Restaurant, the views and opinions are my own and not influenced by anyone. Being vegetarian I have reviewed only vegetarian dishes.
Let’s take an overview of O’ Pao Indian Sliders, Dubai
O’Pao has a quirky menu with authentic Vada Pao and also many fusion varities of Vada Pao. So you can have a unique fusion of Indian and western foods makes it a perfect choice to dine in Dubai. A perfect combination of home flavors with a blend of western flavors and on top of it, they are served in a very interesting concept to your tables. Now I am taking you to a virtual tour of O’Pao Indian Sliders with many flavors of famous street food from Mumbai.
AMBIANCE / DÉCOR OF O’ Pao Indian Sliders, Dubai
As the concept of this restaurant is desi(authentic) street food from Mumbai and so are the interiors. The walls are adorned with huge Mural art from Mumbai’s street culture and local Mumbai’s life which is very colorful and interesting too. This makes this place a perfect Instragrammable spot. The seating arrangements are not much but they have two kinds of choices like bar stool types and eat at ease on sofa style of arrangement. You can say, this restaurant has a typical fast-food joint type of seating with colorful wall art and that makes the place very lively.
The tiny cashier or reception of this restaurant has some quirky items sold like street style candies, Rusks, snacks from Maharashtra (state of India) which resembles the street selling joint of Mumbai and this took me to nostalgic lanes of my fun memories associated with my living in Mumbai.
So let’s get soak into the quirky vibes of this place which has Mumbai styled interiors with many flavors of Vada Pao in O’Pao Indian Sliders, Dubai.
WHAT I ORDERED AT O’ Pao Indian Sliders, Dubai
As I have earlier said that the specialty of this restaurant serves many types of Vada Pao(Indian burger) with unique fusion inspired by western flavors. You would find interesting items on the menu which you might not have tasted before. I too have tasted some fusion flavors for the first time.
We were warmly welcomed by a staff member of O’Pao’s team – Mr. Mintu who took our order very patiently explaining all the details of the menu.
Onion fritters made with onion dipped in Gram Lentils or chickpea flour, spices and then deep fried in oil. Served hot with Green coriander dip.
JALAPENO CHEESY POPPERS
Spicy Jalapeno filled with cheese and coated with chunky flour and then deep fried is served hot. This is really hot and the filling remains hot till the end. So eat with caution or else you will burn your tongue.
MASALA THUMS UP
An aerated drink with fusion of Lemon Mint water(Jal Jeera). This fusion drink with Thums Up is very unique. Though I do not drink aerated drink but this drink is really a worth try.
COKE FLOAT (FLOATING VANILLA ICE-CREAM ON COKE)
An aerated drink with vanilla ice-cream topping. This fusion is also adorable, especially with kiddos.
AUTHENTIC ORIGINAL VADA PAO
Dumplings of Boiled Potato mashed with many Indian spices coated with chickpea flour and then deep fried. These dumplings are like patties and then they are placed in special square shaped buns which are again coated with Indian spices, Green coriander dip and peanuts. So it resembles like burger but with some twists with flavors. O’Pao has also put their signature on each bun with their brown markings which you can spot at the top of buns. This flavor is authentic one which is similar to Mumbai type of Vada Pao.
O’ PANEER MAKHNI PAO
Paneer Makhani is special Indian gravy which is found very common in North Indian cuisine and so with this they have created slightly dry version of Paneer Makhni dish and then assembled it in Buns. If you are cottage cheese lovers then you would truly relish it.
O’ MANCHURIAN PAO
Manchurian Pao is a fusion of Indian flavors with Chinese flavors. Veggie Manchurian balls with thick Chinese style gravy is assembled into Buns with fried noodles. This is the most awesome fusion Pao, according to me. You must include this in your order as it is the most tasties Vada Pao.
O’ TRIPLE SCHEZWAN MAGGI PAO
Famous Maggi noodles and Cheese with Schezwan spicy sauce are stuffed into Buns. If you love Maggi then go for it.
O’ CHILLI CHEESY PAO
It is open toasted buns with cheese and red chilli flakes. Famous snack at Bombay Gymkhana. You can relate it to Garlic bread type but it is infused with spices and chilli.
CHOCO MOUSSE CRUNCH
Eggless chocolate mousse with crunchy Kit Kat sticks.
MY VERDICT –
Ambiance – 4 out of 5 (Small but Cute)
Food – 5 out of 5 (many varieties of fusion food)
Service – 5 out of 5
Cleanliness – 4.5 out of 5
Presentation – 5 out 5
Features – Review of O’ Pao Indian Sliders, Dubai – Explore the Best Vada Pao in Dubai
- Various kinds of Indian burger (Vada Pao) with many innovations
- Tasty food with unique flavors
- Colorful and Bright interiors
- Welcoming and Courteous staff
- Kids Friendly
- There is a lot of parking space in front of a restaurant
- Located in the busy and foodie lane of Old Dubai – Karama.
- A budget-friendly option with tasty food
- They home deliver it too.
- You can book them for special catering or party orders.
- Featured in many listings and have a high rating on social media sites – Zomato by their patrons.
- WiFi available
- Opens from 11AM to 12 Midnight.
TIPS – Review of O’ Pao Indian Sliders, Dubai – Explore the Best Vada Pao in Dubai–
- It is a newly, popular and quirky hangout of Karama, Dubai and so you may find it full on weekends.
- Try some new and unique flavors which you had never before.
- If you are having meals like lunch or dinner at this place then more than one Vada Pav/pao with sides, drinks and dessert is recommended for fulfilling meals. For snacks you can have one also.
RECOMMENDED FOR – Theme Parties, Family Outings, Youngster Eat-out, Kitty Parties, Ladies Lunch Meet over, Budget foodie eaters, Foodies digging for unique flavors.
USEFUL INFORMATION –
PRICE – AED 55 approximately for 2 people
CUISINE TYPE – Indian Street food, Fast food style.
GOOGLE MAP LOCATION – Click here to reach this location.
PHONE NO:- +971 43496726
Address – Shop 14, 2B Street, Ground Floor, Behind Park Regis Hotel, Karama, Dubai.
Enjoy your special family time or fun with friends at authentic & quirky O’Pao which is located in the busy streets of Karama, Dubai. The colorful, vibrant interiors with fusion flavors of Vada Pao will really make your mealtimes more special and memorable.
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