White Orchid, JA Palm Tree Court
Highly Commended for Best Southeast Asian
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It may be a little further afield than its competitors, but a lesser-known treat lies just a short drive beyond Dubai Marina. Inside JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort’s beautifully renovated Palm Tree Court, White Orchid offers a comfortable but chic lounge feel. With a repertoire that criss-crosses Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine, there should be a dish on the menu to suit everyone. Vegetarian dishes are few and far between, but don’t let this put you off, as requests are creatively accommodated and the staff work excellently together to make sure everyone at the table is served something impressive. In cooler months, head outdoors onto the delightful terrace overlooking the sea, a perfect spot for upping the romance stakes. Tuck into perfectly balanced stir-fries and fragrant, tangy Thai curries – and despite a slightly heavier emphasis on Thai cuisine, the soft, fresh Japanese maki are truly impressive. You’ll be hard pushed to find anything here that isn’t worth the trip.
Open daily 6.30pm-11pm. Palm Tree Court, JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali (04 814 5555).

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