Gabbar’s Grill is themed according to a famous fictional character named Gabbar from Bollywood’s movie – “Sholay” which is India’s one of the biggest hit and favorite film. This film was released in 1975 and was based on India’s countryside life where dacoits used to create havoc in their life. This simple story is a huge hit and also watched until now for its unique characters, dialogues, and settings. Generally, a hero or lead role in the film is famous but in the film, the character of Gabbar which is ruthless and violent dacoit is the most famous. If you love the character “Gabar” and his famous dialogues which are still acted then go for this Gabbar themed, Dhaba (mainly a roadside Punjabi cuisine eatery for truck drivers) restaurant in the peaceful residential lanes of Discovery Gardens, Dubai. Presenting you my candid reviews of Gabbar’s Grill Restaurant – Explore restaurants in Discovery Gardens, Dubai.
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Gabbar’s Grill offers spicy Punjabi (Punjab – a state from northwestern India) food. The food menu, interiors, and everything are inspired by the Sholay movie settings and its famous character Gabbar. When you will visit this restaurant, then you would surely recall this movie’s characters like Jai, Veeru, Basanti, Dhanno, Radha, Hari Ram, Thakur, Kalia, Samba, Mausi and many more as all of them are featured at this cute, little, quirky restaurant.
AMBIANCE / DÉCOR of Gabbar’s Grill Restaurant – Explore restaurants in Discovery Gardens, Dubai
As I have said this restaurant is based on Sholay movie so all ambiance or décor is inspired by this movie. You will find Gabbar’s photo on each of its walls with his famous dialogues written. One of his famous dialogue – “Jo day gaya who mar gaya” which translates to – “Those who live in fear are considered as dead” is the highlight of this restaurant. You will also see kites and lanterns hanging from the ceiling to create the Indian countryside atmosphere. As this movie is based on a rural lifestyle, so the interiors of this place are based on village life of India. Embroidered seat covers, tables with hand painted bottles & traditional woven cots are some peculiarities and innovative decorations of this place. Rich yellow colored walls with dim lights give the feeling of mud painted homes which you commonly find in Indian villages.
You will also find miniature handcrafted wooden trucks which adorning the walls. Trucks stop at Dhaba (Indian roadside eatery) for food and rest and as this restaurant specializes in Dhaba styled food, so are the interiors depicting the trucks.
Reviews of Gabbar’s Grill Restaurant – Explore restaurants in Discovery Gardens, Dubai
I went to this restaurant for a casual dine out with my family and were welcomed by one of the staff members with great courtesy and also he took the order with great patience.
WHAT I ORDERED AT
FOR STARTERS – I ordered Veg Platter and Masala Papad.
VEG PLATTER – It consists of vegetarian Tandoori items like Paneer Tikka, Hara Bhara Kebab, Sheekh Kebabs and Grilled Paneer with Mint dip and salad.
MASALA PAPAD – Crispy Papadum topped with spicy chopped tomatoes, onions, coriander and lemon juice.
PANEER BUTTER MASALA – Cottage cheese cubes dipped in semi-spicy, rich creamy & buttery tomato based gravy.
SHABNAM CURRY – Peas and mushroom dipped in butter red-orange gravy.
SABJ MILONI MIX – Mix vegetable in Green spinach gravy.
BREAD BASKET – 5 different types of Indian bread like Tandoori Roti, Butter Naan, Plain Naan, Malabari Parantha, Stuffed Kulcha.
Overall I am satisfied with
- Serving size
- The temperature of food &
- Serving Time You can read more reviews about them on Zomato –
- Authentic Punjabi cuisine
- Sholay themed interiors
- Welcoming & Courteous staff
- Rustic countryside décor
- Kids friendly
- Vegetarian & Non-vegetarian both are served here.
- Located in a peaceful residential area
- Can be reached through taxi or drive on your own. There are many parking slots near the restaurant.
- Look out for famous dialogues of the movie – “Sholay” and recall when it appeared in the movie.
- It is located behind the building and so to locate it, you need Google maps or GPS.
RECOMMENDED FOR – Small Get together, Kitty Parties, Ladies Lunch out, Family eating out and Budget-friendly Dine out.
PRICE – AED 95 approximately for 2 people
GOOGLE MAP LOCATION – Click here to reach this location.
PHONE NO:- +971 4 4259223
ADDRESS – Ground Floor, Building 5, Garden Building, Discovery Gardens, Dubai
Click here to contact them through their Facebook Page and also check ongoing deals and discounts as they run many offers from time to time.
Enjoy your special family time with filmy memories at Gabbar’s Grill. The rustic, cute little place with some action filled dialogues from Bollywood will really make your meal times more special and memorable.
If you love to know more about the movie – “Sholay” then watch it below… Full three hours action-filled adventure with emotional drama….
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I have never been to Dubai (YET!) but when I do visit, I know exactly where to go! I am also a slight Bollywood fan so I think this would suit me nicely. I would also love to sample quite a few dishes from Gabbar’s Grill as there seems to be a nice variety of dishes to try. I have actually tried Punjabi food before (since I have a friend who made me try his home cooked meals) and it was delicious!
Gabbar is a famous character for all Bollywood fans. Here in Delhi we have Garam Dharam on actor Dharmendra. Good to see that we have a restaurant on a filmy villain. The interiors look quirky. My husband is a Punjabi, so I know where to take him next time when we are in Dubai.
It sounds like this restaurant is very important to Dubai’s pop culture and is a cultural icon. I haven’t seen the film, but I think it’s very unique that the restaurant used the main character as inspiration for this eatery. I’m so grateful that you sampled paneer! I often find that it’s overlooked by many, but it’s one of my favorite Indian dishes.
Great to know Martha that Paneer is your favorite too.
The food looks so yummy! What a cool concept, to create a restaurant after a movie. It looks like a lot of detail was put into the idea!!!
Yes themed restaurant are sometimes fun to visit.
That was a lot of food you tried at Gabbar’s Grill. I’m not familiar with the movie Sholay but it’s fun to have a theme in a restaurant. The price for two people is quite reasonable. How great that your readers can enjoy a special through July.
Yes Annick, this themed restaurant is great and my readers are getting a sweet special offer too.
Oh yummy, I’m hungry now – so many amazing dishes here. I especially like the look of the Shabnam curry. Adding this place to my maps for when I’m next in Dubai.
Sure Aimee, you would love this place.
I’ve never had Punjabi cuisine before, but everything you took pictures of looks delicious. Especially the Paneer butter masala.
Paneer Butter masala is really awesome of this place.
I would love to try Gabbar’s Grill! The stews all look so hearty and perfect on a cold day. I’ll have to check out the movie before I go, too!
Yes you would surely love those Tandoori stews as they are directly cooked in an Indian style authentic oven.
What an awesome concept!! I mean nothing can beat an iconic Bollywood movie and tasty Punjabi food 😀 I will definitely be trying this restaurant on my next trip to Dubai.
Thanks Richa, you would truly enjoy authentic dhaba style food with some funny dialogues of iconic movie – Sholay
Everything looks so yummy! The veggie platter looks amazing, with so many things I haven’t tried before! I will definitely have to add Gabbar’s Grill to my bucketlist! Thanks for the tips!
Thanks Shelby and I am assuring you the taste of veggie platter is awesome as it has all tandoor items
Gosh these dishes look delicious! Plus the restaurant looks fun and inviting. Definitely a win in my books!
Sure Olivia, you would love it
Themed restaurants are so much fun because it feels like you’re literally dining in the story. I’m not familiar with Sholay, but I took the liberty of watching a few minutes (thanks for including the video!) I love the vibrant decor of Gabbar’s Grill! A lot of restaurants I’m seeing are leaning more to the sterile, bland look. The yellow walls make me happy!
You are true that a themed restaurant is always great because for sometime you are also playing some role in that story. And really yellow makes me too happy.
Oooh that food looks fantastic. I looove good veggy Indian food, so this looks right up my street. 😀
I am ashamed to admit that I have never seen Sholay, but it looks like a great fun place to eat even if I miss lots of the cultural movie references!
You would truly love the movie Sholay if you love some countryside action and family emotions. And also the veggie food of this place is very delicious
Looks delish. I’m impressed by the 5 different types of bread 🙂 yummy
I too got impressed by 5 different breads and that too they are perfectly baked in Indian styled oven called tandoor
Wow this place looks great! I absolutely LOVE themed restaurants. I am not familiar with the movie Sholay, but think i can still enjoy this place. Although, if i come here, I would definitely watch the movie first. The food looks fantastic as well.
Sure dear, even I have included the link of movie below so that you can watch it. But you would truly enjoy the authentic Punjabi flavors
I haven’t been to Gabbar’s Grill although I have been to Dubai before. The shabnam curry looks so good. It’s great that they have complimentary gulabjamun. It’s actually my favorite Indian dessert apart from carrot halwa.
Yes Gulab Jamun and carrot halwa are integral part of Indian dessert and it is great you know it and love it
This looks like an amazing place to eat! Love all the veggie options, and the interior is pretty unique!
Thanks Linda and yes their interior is unique
What a fun dining experience! The food looks so delicious! I will have to rent “Sholay” now and add this restaurant to my list of places to eat in Discover Gardens, Dubai.
You would enjoy the movie – Sholay and that is why I have included its link in the blog
Gabbar’s Grill looks so delicious! I’m over here drooling looking at the Paneer Butter Masala and the bread basket.