Nominated for Best Thai 70 Comments
Popular with both visitors and Dubai residents alike, this Thai restaurant may be pricey, but it consistently draws a crowd. While the service can be a little slow and sometimes neglectful, the food will keep you coming back, as will the views. When booking, ask for a table outside so you can enjoy cozy starters such as a bowlful of tom yum goong with fresh, pop-in-your-mouth prawns, while you watch the nightly fountain shows. If you’re not a fan of seafood, there are a number of soups that offer chicken instead, such as the hot and spicy tom sap gai. For an alternative to papaya, try the spicy green mango salad, which has a sour tang and is served cold, topped with peanuts and shaved coconut. The menu deems the soft shell crab to be crunchy, but it tends to arrive at the table saturated in basil sauce and can be an odd texture. Still hungry? Scoop up the Thai-inspired dessert of lemongrass and ginger crème brûlée with a subtly flavoured lychee ice cream.
Open daily 12pm-midnight. Souk Al Bahar, www.soukalbahar.ae (04 426 7313).
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