Royal Orchid

Thai favourites and other Asian dishes in Dubai Festival City

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011
You can’t go wrong here. It’s all very refreshing, which is surprising considering it’s technically part of a mall…but this is how it should be done. From its location by the Dubai Festival promenade, great outdoor seating booths complete with flowing fabrics and comfortable cushions, right down to the friendly service, variety on offer and the food that comes with subtle flavour twists. Take the chicken satay for example – fairly simple and nothing to write home about you’d think, but what sets it apart from countless uninspiring variations we’ve had is the peanut sauce dip that comes with a distinct Thai chilli taste that’s unlike we’ve eaten outside Bangkok, and complements the perfectly cooked chicken well.

The mains didn’t disappoint either – the Singapore chilli crab was meaty, succulent and definitely hit the spot. We weren’t sure if we’d order it as it costs Dhs76, which seemed a bit steep, but not when our server said it was good enough for two to eat comfortably, and she was right. We’d recommend foregoing the usual jasmine rice and ordering one of the several fried rice options available, as even our humble egg and vegetable option satisfied. Royal Orchid is definitely worth your Thai(me). Royal Orchid
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 28 March 2011

Location: - Festival City - Dubai
Tel: 04 232 8585
Travel: Al Rebat Street
Cuisine: Thai
Dresscode: Casual
Experiences: Takeaway available
Times: Open daily noon-11.30pm
Price range: Dhs200-349

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  • Jonathan Jul 31, 2013 06:09 am
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    Heard so much about this place. Tried the Marina one too, they both seems to be an amazing places to hangout and specially for an occasion. Amazing location and food was very well prepared. Had a great time here with the family and would love to again! Thumbs up :)
  • Mohit sachdeva May 18, 2013 06:49 pm
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    I am a big fan of Royal Orchid's food but the service out here is pathetic...I ordered my food and Pilipino waiter came to put plates with no greeting..my plate was dirty and I asked him to bring prawn crackers which he brought after 20 mins..I believe somebody was forcing him to serve.

    Manager was passed by 2 times and he didn't bothered to ask satisfaction.
  • Eri Feb 21, 2013 05:50 pm
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    Ordered delivery from Royal Orchid; food took nearly 2 hours to arrive and was lukewarm. We opted for duck dumplings with plum sauce, a red curry with chicken, vegetable pad thai noodles, and a chocolate wonton dessert. We also decided to try one of the "cocktails," which promised passion fruit and pineapple. First bad sign: no dessert and delivery would be an hour. We received this phone call 30 minutes after we had placed the order, so I asked whether that meant an hour from when I ordered or an hour from the time the woman called. She said from when I ordered.... Obviously false. The duck dumplings were terrible and didn't actually come with a plum sauce, but rather the generic sweet/sour chili sauce that comes with the standard spring roll order. The "dumplings" were not at all dumpling-esque--they were dried out balls of something that vaguely might have tasted like duck, but generally lacking in anything remotely resembling flavor. The cocktail was the most laughable item in our delivery bag, as it looked, smelled, and tasted exactly like Tang. The curry and noodles were just ok. The noodles were heavy on the tamarind flavor and the vegetables looked almost definitely canned/frozen. The curry had a decent spice level and wasn't at all watery, but it was nearly impossible to overlook the grease layer on top. Lastly, portions were tiny considering the price; the takeaway containers weren't even really containers (plastic film instead of lids?) and all they gave us in terms of utensils were four spoons (what). Needless to say, we will NOT be frequenting Royal Orchid again.
  • Ferdinand Feb 09, 2013 06:09 am
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    This is our favorite Thai Restaurant in Dubai, my wife loves the foods, and the price is reasonable, on every occasions were celebrating it here, like valentines and our birthdays, anniversaries, this valentines were going to celebrate it here once again,
  • Andrew Ulyett Jul 30, 2012 06:03 am
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    Had a fantastic meal here. The crispy duck was yum and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meal appetizers and mains. Service was excellent and bill was reasonable. Will definately be going back again.

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