Roti Rollers Brings the Flavors of South Asia to La Mer in Dubai
Situated in La Mer, Dubai, Roti Rollers is a delightful eatery that brings the flavors of the Subcontinent to Dubai,but with a twist. The eatery has a core focus of serving healthy, yet typically Indian styled street snacks in a really imaginative and innovative way.
Set up like a diner with tables indoors and outdoors, the chef informed us that international add-ons are part of the offerings here—from the Wasabi paste to the unique types of typically desi flatbreads(rotis)—here you have beetroot, Hass avocado, and whole-wheat. We first tucked into a platter of chips and dips, but these chips were different kinds of baked roti strips, served with various dipping sauces—from chunky tomato to Wasabi and even a ranch-styled creamy sauce. Our chaat trolley had pani puri,which are gram flour deep fried balls which are encased with spicy chickpeas and served with a green spicy dunking sauce.
The same platter had what is called dehi puri, or crispy flour shells drizzled with yogurt, tamarind chutney and mint chutney. And in between these was the palak pata or what is translated as spinach leaves topped with a smattering of mashed spicy potatoes and drizzled over with yogurt, pomegranate bits, topped with chutney and crispy sev.
They have some unique mocktails and shakes here too—we tried all four of them and loved the minty lemonade and the heady kulfi coffee the best. Next, we indulged in the Darth Veda which was interesting twist using potato, curry leaf, mustard seeds, garlic, red chili coconut, and coriander served inside the pav bread.
The spicy fries was served with a homemade spicy seasoning served with their famous roti roll—ours was Viva Las Vegan which was a delightful mix of broccoli, mushrooms,and baby corn encased in a soft roti. We loved the non-veg thali with chicken tikka, tandoori lamb and beef kebabs, dal makhani, kulcha and biryani rice, served with raita.
The biggest delight for me was the healthy quinoa and green peas biryani which had succulent bits of boneless chicken and lots of subtle flavors and spices.
The pav bhaji, another famous Indian street food, was served in a round patter with the pureed vegetables with dollops of butter in a traditional copper vessel served with the crispy bread. As we enjoyed the cool breeze coming in from the sea side, our sweet treat was a delightful platter of freshly friend crispy jalebis—orange hued, deep fried batter with a sweet syrup to be eaten with the cream milk reductionpudding(known as rabdi.)
The Verdict: Every dish here is carefully curated to lend that quintessential South Asian (desi) authenticity, but there are notes of culinary innovation in every single dish we sampled.