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Wox, Grand Hyatt
Best South East Asian Winner
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Small in size it may be, but this Asian eatery doesn’t skimp on character. A small collection of tables and chairs are positioned around a noisy central cooking station, where skilled chefs prepare delicious meals with mesmerising speed. You stand a better chance of securing a table if you visit at lunchtime, as evenings see Wox deservedly busy, though the staff – who are second to none – will do everything they can to accommodate you. While the menu is short, everything on it exceeds expectation, from salt and pepper squid to wok-fried morning glory, and though portions are a little on the small side, the whole experience of dining here is so enjoyable it’s hard to feel short-changed. Dubai could do with more restaurants like this.
Open Sat-Wed noon-11.30pm, Thu-Fri noon-midnight. Grand Hyatt, Oud Metha (04 317 2221).

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