There was nothing great about Panorama Hotel in Bur Dubai, a hotel plucked right out of a bygone era: the dim, flickering lights that signaled dodgy activities, the musty fragrance of damp carpets and the elevators that climb at the speed of sloth. Once I entered The Palm Court restaurant, I was greeted by stifled smiles of waitresses draped in traditional Sri Lankan garb and the most lifeless live band that ever set foot on stage. The dinner buffet spread was generously peppered with what else…chili peppers and other heat inducing spices, of course.
But there was one dish that struck me.
Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the dish. But it baffled me so. Crispy and salty like pork chicharon, but not really. Deep, dark brown like beef, but not really.
Could you guess what meat was this dish made of? As guessed by some food blogger friends, this dish is made of FISH! Surprised as well? No prize, but just some added gratification of knowing your food really, really well 🙂
*** According to our Sri Lankan food expert sources, this dried and salted fish is called “Karavala” or “Katta Karuwadu” when cooked in gravy / sauce.
The Palm Court Restaurant
Panorama Hotel, Al Mankhool Road
Bur Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Delirious about delicious,