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Thai Kitchen
Nominated for Best Thai
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The fact the terrace is bustling late on a weeknight tells you everything you need to know about Thai Kitchen. A prime al fresco creekside spot, set back from the city in the lush surroundings of the neighbouring Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club are special.

The food, you're informed on arrival, is all about smaller 'family style' tapas-eqsue dishes, with a balanced but not gigantic menu split neatly into clear sections – wok, grilled, steamed, fried, etc – and we'd recommend trying something from each. The whole steamed sea bass, lightly seasoned, soft and juicy, is a particular highlight. For this pristine setting prices are very reasonable. Highly recommended.
Open daily 7pm-midnight. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, (04 317 2222). Brunch: Dhs240 (with soft drinks), Dh299 (with selected beverages), Dh375 (with premium beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm.

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