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Mango Tree, Souk Al Bahar
Nominated for Best Thai

Nestled along the first-floor balcony of Souk Al Bahar, Mango Tree joins the throng of midrange restaurants with enviable views of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. As such, it’s a popular spot with tourists and residents looking to impress visitors. While the staff are well meaning, they’re not always clued up when it comes to dietary requirements – so vegetarians, celiacs or those with any other allergies should state their case, and then state it again to be on the safe side. But miscommunications aside, the menu is varied and full of contemporary takes on classic Thai fare. While the starters are a little fond of the deep-fryer, the substantial salt and pepper tofu is worth sampling. As for mains, avoid the alarmingly oily Thai omelette in favour of something a bit more obvious. Yes, Thai curries are a failsafe, but try the lentil take on the red curry and your bravery will be rewarded.
Open 12.30pm-midnight. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 426 7313).

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