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Lemongrass, Oud Metha
Nominated for Best Thai
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For truly fabulous, not-too-greasy Thai food at reasonable prices, Lemongrass remains one of the city’s go-tos. While not as busy as it once was, before many of the city’s residents migrated towards New Dubai, the Oud Metha staple is still holding strong. Long-time fans know the eatery does a mean pad Thai, while the tom yum boasts outrageously plump, juicy prawns. It’s seafood that the intimate and surprisingly tranquil restaurant emphasises though, with red snapper and prawn featuring heavily on the menu, and these are best enjoyed (weather permitting, of course) on the cute picnic-style benches outdoors. Vegetarians are also very well catered for here, with choices including eggplant, tofu and even potato-based dishes alongside the usual variety of Asian veggies. For a good quality Thai feast sans five-star prices, look no further.
Open daily noon-11.30pm. Behind Sultan Business Centre, Oud Metha (04 334 2325).

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