Since quietly opening in mid-2017, Long Teng has fast developed a reputation for authentic Cantonese dining and hospitality. From the ornate, intricate presentation of even the simplest dishes to the complimentary fruit and coffee that the staff insist diners enjoy at the end of their meal, it feels every inch a high-end destination designed to draw Dubai’s Chinese businesspeople.
With a location in the heart of Business Bay, it’s already doing that. Unfortunately, that same location, in the entrance of U-bora Towers, can make the ground floor dining area feel more like a reception than a restaurant, so head upstairs for a more familiar (fancy) dining room setting.
As we peruse the seafood-focused menu, the room quickly fills with the office lunchtime crowd, and baskets of dim sum begin to fly out of the kitchen.
We jump aboard the dumpling train, and are quickly presented with four stunningly dainty, leaf-shaped morsels, packed with prawn and vivid green chive, all visible through their uber-fine translucent casings. Fresh, light and surprisingly complex in flavour, they’re as tasty as they are beautifully presented.
Across the table, the chicken and sweetcorn soup isn’t enjoying quite the same giddy reception, and could do with a touch more salt.
But it’s soon cast aside with the arrival of grilled scallops with salad sauce and potatoes (an intriguing order), stir-fried choy sum and the Long Teng fried rice.
While the scallops, unfortunately, aren’t quite to our taste (the fried potato haystacks and cool, slippery seafood just don’t quite work for our palate), the vibrant, crunchy, garlic-strewn choy sum greens are perfectly al dente. Packed with finely chopped veg, egg and prawns, the rice is filled with texture, and sits on just the right side of that satisfyingly buttery fried flavour. (No easy line to tread.)
We leave feeling like we couldn’t possibly eat another thing, but also with the nagging feeling that we wish we’d tried more, especially when we spy a few hotpots around the room.
Clearly, the best way to taste the full spectrum of Long Teng’s capabilities is by returning mob-handed and empty-bellied. And you can be certain we will.
The bill (for two) 1x prawn & chive dumplings Dhs28 1x chicken sweet corn soup Dhs32 1x scallop salad sauce & potato Dhs78 1x stir fried choy sum Dhs48 1x fried Long Teng rice Dhs58 1x large bottle of water Dhs25 Total (incl service) Dhs271
The bottom line Popular business lunch spot worth trying.
Long Teng Seafood Restaurant