This elegant restaurant has prime views across to The Dubai Fountain. However, it doesn’t rest on its laurels and rely on the setting for its popularity – as is proven in taking this award for the second year running. Dishes are expertly prepared and palate-pleasing. Prices are high, but so is the quality of the food, and it’s sure to be a meal you won’t forget in a hurry. Open daily 6pm-11.30pm. Palace Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 888 3444).
This longstanding Thai restaurant never goes out of fashion. With lovely Creek views and some great dishes, it’s good value, too. Open Sat-Thu 7pm-11.45pm; Fri 12.30pm-4pm (brunch), 7pm-11.45pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1814).
This cool venue in the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is consistently good. Dishes are tasty and the interiors are striking. Open daily 6pm-midnight. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 3000).
You get there by boat, which is always a good thing, right? The food is excellent too – always up there with the best in the city. Plus the outside terrace is an excellent spot to watch the abras sail past. Dhs500+ Licensed. Open Sun-Thu 6pm-11.15pm; Fri-Sat 12.30pm-2.15pm, 6.30pm-11.15pm. Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah (04 432 3232).
The Westin’s high-end Thai restaurant has a sleek setting and the dishes pack a punch. Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open Sun-Wed 6pm-10.45pm; Thu 6pm-11.45pm; Fri 1pm-4pm (brunch), 7pm-11.45pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Jumeirah (04 511 7136).
Meaning “dawn of happiness” this long-standing Thai restaurant in Garhoud boasts polite service and good food. Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-2.45pm, 7pm-11.45pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 217 0000).
A wallet-friendly location in Al Barsha, not the best but decent if you’re in the area. Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open Sat-Thu 7pm-11pm; Fri noon-midnight. Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha, Barsha (04 323 4333).
Film-themed interiors and bright colours make this restaurant a fun spot for digging into authentic Thai cuisine. Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-11pm. Dusit D2 Kenz Hotel, Al Khareef 1st street, Barsha Heights, Dubai (04 567 2247).