Located right next to Jodhpur Royal Dining, resides a funky bar called Stock Exchange at Roda Al Murooj (previously Murooj Rotana) in Downtown Dubai. Very popular amongst the ‘desi’ crowd, there are various themed nights that occur throughout. A main novelty of the bar is that it’s actually designed like a stock exchange. A greater novelty, however is that its menu has recently undergone a revamp by Chef Pradeep Khullar who also heads up Jodhpur.
We started off our meals with a chilly cheese baguette, Indian style. The green chillies were too much for F.C.’s palate, but I delighted in this buttery cheese snack with a zing of spice.
We then savoured the aloo & cheddar tikki chaat. Now, I’m a sucker for chaat and whoever decided not to pair that up with alcohol till now has been..well, an idiot. The crunchiness of the white peas against the mushiness of the potatoes and a full umami profile of chutneys.. I was sold on the first bite.
The next on was the mirchi imli lamb chops with blue cheese fries. I think this didn’t quite do it for me. The lamb was very strong and tasting it just made me compare it to the impeccable to the aam papad ribs. The fries were a bit cold and chewy. Not up to the mark. I would skip it.
Next came F.C.’s favourite which was the crispy Habanero shrimps with chilli foam and cripy okra. The crunchiness and spicyness were on point.
Another dish which was pretty much another repeat of Jodhpur was the kheema pao. I think this was a good call when it came to a bar snack. The next was the ‘van noodles’ which were tasty as well – an Indian chinese taste through and through. We concluded the meals (mainly because we were stuffed) with a dark chocolate rum ball. Personally, for me it was a bit overwhelming, however F.C. and my brother (who joined us later) devoured it whole. It has a pretty nice show-y element to it, but I don’t think it could work as ‘bar food.’
On to the drinks. I tried both the mixed berries and passion fruit mojito and they were highly reminiscent of Jodhpur (not a bad thing as they’re both delicious.) The passion fruit won out in my opinion.
We also tried the ‘Jacked Up’, a strong concoction of Jack Daniel, midori, gin, pineapple & lime juice and some sugar. This drink is potent, guys..two of these and that would be the end of the night for me.
Had an awesome night @thestockexchangedubai trying out their bar menu and cocktails. Delicious bites conceived by Chef @pradeepkhullar ! Check out the ‘Jacked Up’, a whisky and midori based cocktail. Pretty lethal! . . . . . . #dranks #cocktails #delish #eeeeeats #nom #omnomnom #dubaiblogger #uaeblogger #dubaifoodblogger #uaefoodblogger #iphoneography #foodography #tasty #huffpostetaste #f52grams #yum #dubaifoodie #feedfeed #DubaiPR #foodie #thatsdarling #beautifulcuisines #lifeandthyme #zomatouae @zomatouae @buzzfeedfood @huffposttaste
I also tried their Tiramisu delight (think of an espresso martini equivalent) and their vodka flaming breeze which was a combination of vodka, absinthe and blue curacao. Not a fan, though it looked pretty cool.
For me, the clear winner amongst the drinks was the Volcanic lamp which was a cross between a white sangria and cider. Either ways, it worked. Beautifully presented with a mixture of alcohols that truly worked.
There’s little not to love about this interesting take on a white sangria with a combination of strongbow cider and Riesling @thestockexchangedubai Delish! . . . . . #drinks #dranks #wine #delish #eeeeeats #nom #omnomnom #dubaiblogger #uaeblogger #dubaifoodblogger #uaefoodblogger #iphoneography #foodography #tasty #huffpostetaste #f52grams #yum #dubaifoodie #feedfeed #DubaiPR #foodie #thatsdarling #beautifulcuisines #lifeandthyme #zomatouae #cheers
And that closed my almost too long, but eventful tasting! F.C. and I were enjoying the music (OK, I was) and all round had a great time!
LOCATION: Roda Al Murooj, Downtown Dubai
DISCLOSURE: FC & I were offered a complimentary tasting in exchange of a review. Views are my own.