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Highly Commended Best Thai
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As perhaps the best-known Thai hotel chain, a Bangkok-born brand with more than 65 years in the game, there's a fair amount of expectation that accompanies a visit to the Dusit Thani's signature Thai restaurant, Benjarong. But in Dubai, they get just about everything right. The venue looks, and more importantly feels, great – the ornate but restrained colonial-tinged decor has an understated charm, elegant without being glitzy, creating the vibe of a family run joint rather than a global hotel chain. The kitchen faultlessly delivers the goods. Kick off with the khong wang ruammit appetiser platter, then dive into one of the classic curries, and you won't go wrong. Extra touches such as magnificent views of the cityscape from the venue's 24-floor vantage, an impressive mixed drinks selection and an authentic live music duo playing traditional Thai music – excellently but non-obtrusively – make this a great night out.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 3333).

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