Pai Thai, Madinat Jumeirah
Nominated for Best Thai
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Once one of the city’s most romantic restaurants, Pai Thai finds itself falling increasingly into the hands of big groups and noisy families. At one time, the restaurant’s relatively secluded, tranquil location in the grounds of Dubai’s sophisticated Al Qasr hotel all but guaranteed its status as a place for special occasions. Now, it appears to be drawing a similar crowd to Madinat Jumeirah’s more casual eateries. Fortunately, though the ambiance may have altered pretty dramatically, the standards of both the service and food remain high. A delicious, coconut creamy tom khar phak soup is the perfect entry into an expertly-prepared Thai meal. Though an obvious choice, the rich green curry is among the best in the city, and is well complemented by an order of morning glory, cooked with a liberal smattering of fresh garlic. For fine Far Eastern cuisine, Pai Thai should still be high on your list. For wowing someone special, however, it may be time to seek out a new spot.
Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

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