One of the most tantalizing foods on the planet, Thai cuisine is one of my personal favourites. Designed to engage all of the five senses in its consumption and celebrated for the complex interplay of its varied ingredients, Thai cuisine done right is pure culinary indulgence. It is transportative. From the aromatic lemongrass and the sharp bite of chilli to the savoury qualities of fish sauce and shrimp paste, the flavours combine to produce a spiced garden in your mouth that will energize your senses and relieve any stress left over from the day. Influenced by Burma, Vietnam and Laotian cuisines, Thai food is a beautiful and enticing culinary form that will leave your taste buds satisfied, yet, simultaneously craving more, within five minutes.
In Dubai, there are numerous Thai restaurants to try and we recommend a couple of the following:
Benjarong at the Dusit Thani hotel in the DIFC might not be in the best location by the seaside but it still is high up enough to have breathtaking night views of the downtown city skyline. Very traditional, you will experience proper, old-school hospitality here. The tom yum goong deserves a special mention. It will be blow your mind. Perfectly balanced in its flavours – not too salty, too hot or too tart – it was the perfect combination and the chef will spice it to your preferences. Oh, and the prawns here were pretty good too; juicy and fresh. Worth a visit if you looking for decent grub at a decent price with some traditional live Thai music being played in the background.
Make sure to reserve your table on the wonderful terrace and make the most of Dubai’s gloriously balmy evenings this winter. Service may be a tad on the slow side at this well-worn favourite, yet Spice Emporium at the Westin Mina Sehayi is a well-known for its Bubblicious Brunch which is a winner of the 2016 What’s On and BBC Good Food Awards. Besides its fabulous brunch, the Spice Emporium, also hosts a Hot Pot night for 150 AED where you can choose from a range of stocks, veggies and seafood or meats to add to your pot. I am a total sucker for a decent hot pot where you chuck everything in and some magical alchemy does the rest, leaving you with a bowl of steaming goodness whose tastiness blows your socks right off. On the A La Carte Menu you can choose from a range of seafood and fish options as well as the more traditional curries. The Pad Ke Mouw Taley is wonderful here and has coconut heart and basil, combining with the spiced seafood. And, as an added bonus, you can rest assured you are doing your bit for the environment as the Westin Dubai is a participant of the “Choose Wisely Campaign” which was launched by the Emirates Wildlife Society; meaning that all fish is carefully selected for its sustainability, therefore, avoiding overfishing of our local waters. Good to know, right?!
Do you have guests coming to visit and you need to impress? Or perhaps, it is your Mum’s 60th birthday and you would like to have a memorable meal out and about? Thiptara is the right place then. Situated right on the beautiful Burj Fountains at the The Palace Downtown, you can enjoy your meal while watching the water dance and play. Contemporary and focusing mainly on Bangkok-style seafood, this venue is set to move and inspire you. Consistently scoring high on platforms like Tripadvisor, Thiptara is a crowd-pleaser which delivers again and again. Be sure to reserve your table in advance to be guaranteed a decent vantage point in which to take in the splendid views; the staff will be more than happy to accommodate your request.
If “Ambience. Ambience. Ambience.” is your personal restaurant mantra when picking any place, this venue has it in bucket loads.
Perfect for when you are seeking a little excursion within the city or perhaps you are a wee bit of a wanderer at heart, Pai Thai at the Dar Al Masyaf Hotel at the Madinat Jumeirah will be up your alley. Only accessible by an abra or traditional water taxi on the waterways that wend their way through the complex, this little restaurant is gorgeous and perfectly situated for you to soak up the night atmosphere of the Madinat. A multiple award winner over the years with the most recent being the Time Out Dubai Restaurant award for Best Thai 2016, you will be in culinary good hands, allowing you to kick back and admire the serene waterways while letting your taste buds be enticed with splashes of coconut milk infused with lime and spices while munching on crispy beef or prawns done to perfection.
So, go forth and have an Thai-inspired epicurean adventure of your own and if restaurant inspires you, be sure to let us know at Keep Dining!