Sukhothai, Le Méridien Dubai
Nominated for Best Thai
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Nestled among the myriad restaurants and bars at Le Méridien Dubai, you’d be forgiven for missing Sukothai between the aromas and bustle emanating from its neighbours. Step over the threshold, however, and discover a quaint Thai eatery where somewhat rustic decor is juxtaposed intriguingly with modern touches such as iPad menus. If you’re dining in a group, the khong wang Sukothai (an appetiser sharing plate) is a good place to start, with plump prawn rolls and tasty chicken satay, while a sweet red curry with chicken or beef and the wok-fried morning glory make for a good follow-up. Despite the restaurant’s old-fashioned appeal, however, it seems to struggle for patrons, even on what would be busier weekend sittings. Perhaps Sukothai’s retro charm has struggled to compete with the city’s shift towards New Dubai, but if that’s the case, the restaurant – and many like it in the older parts of town – is certainly due a revival.
Open daily 12.30pm-2.45pm, 7pm-11.45pm. Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, (04 217 0000).

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