Mango Tree

Thai eatery in the Souk Al Bahar offers Zen cool 69 Reviews

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Mango Tree Weekend

A sharing platter of Thai dishes, followed by a choice of main course. Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (selected house beverages) Timings: 12.30pm-4pm (Friday, Saturday)

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A meal at any of the reliably empty Souk Al Bahar’s restaurants can prove a tediously awkward experience. The staff, not yet familiar with the sight of customers, hover over your every move. The managers tend to be a little too eager for details on your dining experience. And the meals usually culminate in desperate cries of, ‘Come again soon! Please! Please, come back.’

At Mango Tree, the mall’s new Thai restaurant, the obsequiousness of the staff is further highlighted by the starkly hip environment. The interior resembles a highly paid designer’s interpretation of a Zen meditation room, with burgundy walls, high ceilings, geometric-shaped lighting and chestnut tables boasting slim floral arrangements. The middle of the room houses a giant Buddha statue, and the long, winding restaurant (clearly built for dining hordes) culminates in a massive private room/wine cellar housing 1,000 bottles of wine.

In a word, the space is cool. Too cool to be so empty. Dining there, I was reminded of a birthday party I attended as a child, where the birthday girl’s mother had procured a towering cake and planned an intricate scavenger hunt, and even bought her daughter a new birthday dress. Unfortunately, I was one of only two guests there. In both instances, the failed joviality resulted in an air of depressing desperation.

My dining companion and I decided to tuck in immediately to starters and drinks (which seemed like the thing to do, given the venue’s extensive wine and cocktail list). We opted to split the mixed appetisers, which were a bit hit and miss: While the beef satay was tender and juicy, the papaya salad was over-spiced. The shrimp spring rolls had a perfectly crisp outer shell, and a fresh-tasting interior, while the spicy fish cakes were a little too dense and chewy.

The chicken wrapped in pandan leaves was a delightful surprise, partly because it was free range (a term rarely heard in Dubai), but also because it was juicy and tender. The accompanying tamarind sauce was also a nice balance of sour and sweet. I washed each bite down with a sip from my mangostini (a frothy drink made with blended mangosteen), while my date happily escaped into her lychee mojito.

While I was tempted to order more free-range chicken for a main course, on our waiter’s advice I went with roasted duck in pineapple curry. Creamy and coconut-based, it came served in half a pineapple shell. We debated whether this was classy or gaudy (we settled on gaudy). The overall flavour of the curry was pleasant, with neither the sweetness of the coconut nor the heat of the spices vying for dominance, though the dish was disturbed by the presence of Thai peas, which, while authentic, tend to be very hard and very bitter. I imagine the chef included them in a bid to hit all the taste buds, but – as their flavour is deeply unpleasant – I ended up picking around them.

The large portion sizes also resulted in me tiring of my dish, and I began to greedily eye my dining companion’s goong ob woon sen, a massive portion of delicate glass noodles and large, crisp prawns marinated in an oyster sauce. Its only drawback was that it was heavy on the noodles (and, therefore, the belly).

I decided to top my meal with tab tim krob kra te – shaved ice covered with water chestnuts, jackfruit (a chewy, gelatinous fruit, common in southeast Asia), and doused in coconut milk. The sugary mass was delightful in the first few bites, but became increasingly cloying as the ice started to melt. My companion’s ice cream spread (a scoop each of coconut, mango and lychee), however, was both fresh and relatively light.

As we took our leave, the staff followed behind us, bowing repeatedly, a gesture that – even by Dubai standards – we found to be overly servile. It was an unfortunate cloud over a meal that offered some genuine gems.

The bill (for two)
1x Mixed appetiser Dhs130
1x Roasted duck curry Dhs72
1x Glass noodles Dhs165
1x Jasmine rice Dhs16
1x Ice cream Dhs38
1x Shaved ice Dhs38
1x Large water Dhs15
1x Jasmine tea Dhs18
1x Lychee mojito Dhs58
1x Mangostini Dhs58
Total (including service) Dhs608


By Daisy Carrington

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  • Location: Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 426 7313
  • Travel: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: Peter Jennings on 08 Aug ' 13 at 07:17
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Still the nest restaurant in this part of town. Class.

Posted by: Peter Jennings on 08 Aug ' 13 at 07:15
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Still the nest restaurant in this part of town. Class.

Posted by: Steve Desouza on 13 Mar ' 13 at 08:18
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

A true remarkable experience and the service and ambience just complements any occassion

Posted by: shefali on 10 Mar ' 13 at 21:12
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Had a great meal with friends and family, great food & service. Bonus great view of the fountains and the burj Khalifa.

Posted by: Pauck on 22 Oct ' 12 at 20:46
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I took my girlfriend out for dinner and went to Mango Tree, we had heard it was a good restaurant so gave it a go. It is by far and away one of the best restaurants in Dubai...the food was excellent, great Thai flavours, presentation and value for money. Service was good, attentative but not annoying. Please try this restaurant as it is wonderful. The fountain isn't bad either however the food and service is what we would go back for.

Good job guys and see you soon

Posted by: TOM on 07 Oct ' 12 at 14:01
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

As I had family visiting from Europe I knew they wanted to see the Fountain at the Dubai Mall. After reading several of the review's i decided to call up Mango Tree as we all love Thai, and I thought it would be a great place to have dinner and watch she Fountain.

I called up the restaurant several days ahead of time and for a Wednesday evening I was told that I would get one of their best tables with a full view of the fountain.

As we arrived to the restaurant which at this time was EMPTY we were shown our table which now was in the back with NO view of the fountain. There are several restaurants in and around the fountain and several that are MUCH CHEAPER so I asked several times what has happened as I even confirmed the table earlier that day.

There was nothing they would do so we decided to stay as we really wanted Thai, but still highly disappointed in being lied to on the phone.

We made our order and as we were waiting for the food water started to drip from the sealing as they had an air conditioner outlet just above our table. Highly disgusting to get air conditioner water in your face and food. We moved the table away, but it was easy to see this was a long time problem as black mold has formed around the outlet vent.

As for the food, our family are frequent travelers to Thailand for holiday and we have tried the majority of Thai Restaurants in Dubai, and its easy to say that the food here was by far the worst we had in Dubai till this point.

It was Bland, We all had soup as a starter which was no longer warm when it arrived to our table, the main courses was NOT up to the pricetag that they are charging. We found Thai food for less then half the amount which were way better then here.

I would be happy to pay the high price if i got the table I asked for as I would have paid for the view but not getting the view the restaurant is just not worth it.

I am not sure if it was the manager or floor manager but the European Lady who was in control was, rude, unhelpfull and would benefit from a career change.

I WOULD NEVER EVER go back to this restaurant and I would advice anyone who thinks about eating here to think twice. You are better off taking one of the other restaurants around here and hope they wont lie to you when you reserve a table.

Posted by: Jimmy Adams on 30 Aug ' 12 at 07:30
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Fantastic Experience. The service, food and ambience were all out of this world. I lived in Thailand for 3 years and the food in Mango Tree is as good as any of the top restaurants in Bangkok. It is far better than the Mango Tree in Bangkok, which is very average in comparison. I will be back soon.

Posted by: dipan on 04 Aug ' 12 at 17:46
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We were highly recommended this restaurant as one of DXB's best Thai places to eat ..........how wrong ? The food was awful .....the fish cakes were cold, the spring rolls full of oil, the green curry the most basic of thai dishes ....was completely bland ! For what we paid without alcohol seeing that we shared dishes was NOT VALUE for money either. Change gears Mango Tree ......or you will be left behind ........

Posted by: Downtown on 06 Jun ' 12 at 09:14
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Last year, we were there, the staff were very rude, no time to serve us! By only throwing the food on the table! Submit our time out discount, The Manager of the evening said very rude way No! and it was not a weekend, but a Wednesday night! Food not Great.

Today 06 June 2012 @ 12.30pm, book for 4 people outside table! Of course with a nice view as well, was told by the lady on the phone, YOU WILL HAVE TO LEAVE AT 10pm FOR OTHER CUSTOMERS!

Where in the world, did you ever hear that! Told her, I AM COMING NOT ONLY FOR THE VIEW BUT ALSO FOR THE FOOD!! SO, DO WE HAVE TO RUSH OURSELVES to eat and leave ASAP!! NO answer!

I thought that the restaurant did make some change!!! Unfortunately!! NO!!! They have a very good view of the fountain, but thet are not the only one! Of course! Fortunately for most of us! I like Thai food and living in downtown was a good place for me!

Completed her phrase, your reference num, timing and hang!!

What an excellence customer service!

Will i go tonight!!! Never!!

Posted by: bob on 12 Apr ' 12 at 07:09
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Tian on 09 Apr ' 12 at 22:49
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best Thai restaurant in this great city!

Posted by: David on 20 Dec ' 11 at 07:55
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I took my wife for a anniversary dinner and we had a great time. The service was very good and the food was delicious. We ardered the mixed appetizer for starter and it was a very well presented tasty dish especially the chicken in pandan leaf.
My wife ordered the chicken with green curry which had just the right amount of spice without being offensive and it was creamy and tasted very good and I had the lobster with chili paste sauce. At 280aed it was expensive but worth every penny. Succulent sweet lobster with a nice spicy sauce
We then had a creme brulee to share which was interesting but tasted very good.
The wines were perfect and the view was amazing.

All in all we had a fantastic night and yes it was not cheap but it was worth it as we had an exceptional night.

The restaurants suites all budgets and we will definately be returning

Good job Mango Tree

Posted by: Andy on 02 Dec ' 11 at 05:25
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I really do not understand some of the reviews that have been posted here, but we are all entitled to our own opinion.

I rang and had to leave a message and was told that someone would get back to me. I did not receive a call back, but this is Dubai after all and I was not surprised. I phoned again and the call was answered, I made my booking for 2 weeks in advance asking for a table outside with good views of the fountains. I happened to be in the Dubai Mall about a week before the booked date and took the opportunity to go over to the restaurant and check my booking. The staff on the door were extremely polite and helpful and confirmed that I had a table with good views of the fountains.

My wife and I arrived about 10 mins before the allotted time and were very warmly welcomed and shown to our table. Throughout the meal the service was second to none, the attention was just right with the staff being attentive but not too overcrowding. Both the food menu and wine list were extensive with, in my opinion, enough choice to suit all budgets.

The food was absolutely delicious and the wine just right. The fountains and music made the setting completely perfect for a romantic meal with my wife on her birthday.

I paid 733AED for a 3 course meal, including wine, sparkling and still water. This is not cheap, however for the setting, standard of service and the quality of the food and wine, I personally believe this is good value for money.

Posted by: Mark Webster on 30 Oct ' 11 at 06:10
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This must be the most frustrating restaurant in Dubai. They have the location, the food and the decor, but the service is diabolical. Maybe they don't the service charges because they sure aren't earning them. We were there on Saturday night, After being seated we then had to ask twice for a menu, starters were 25 mins to order, 20 mins to arrive. Then 1 hour with finished starter plates in front of us before the main course arrived, 20 mins for the cheque to arrive and 15 mins to actually pay. The staff all look busy, shuffling menus for instance but not focused on customers, The management really need to focus on customer service as everything else about the place is great

Posted by: Patrick on 27 Oct ' 11 at 13:50
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

If they ever answer the phone then maybe I would go!

Posted by: Jennifer on 30 Jul ' 11 at 13:30
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I went there last monday with my Fiance and his's Korean supplier for dinner.
The environment was great and we can see the beautiful fountain during the dinner. it was too crowded and i would suggest who ever want to go to this restaurant should make a reservation in advance otherwise u will need to wait for vacant table, and am glad i make a reservation in advance.

The foods there was tasty, if u like spicy foods, u should try their Roasted duck curry.
we are very much enjoy the food there just the price is slightly costly.

It was good to experience the foods there and i would suggest this restaurant for business lunch / dinner or maybe family gathering place.

Posted by: ayshaSFAM on 26 Jul ' 11 at 14:05
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

it seem too much romantic, but i like business services.
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Posted by: Judy Lewis on 12 Jun ' 11 at 08:45
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

My favourite restaurant in Dubai!

Previously the only thing letting them down was their brunch offering, but now they have stepped up and it is GREAT! Well done

Posted by: Sue Brown on 28 May ' 11 at 11:36
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We were seated at a table for 2 - with 3 diners. The table wobbled and we were squashed.

Waiting 10 minutes before calling a waiter for menu + wine menu, another wait and then the food menu - no wine menu! Asked for local bottled water - only expensive foreign water @Dhs 25. The wine menu finally arrived - my husband refused to order a bottle of 'rubbish ' they were charing DHS250. Outrageous costings for table wine. So we drank water.

Service was painfully slow - we finally called the manager and bingo the service improved. The views are wonderful but the whole experience just left a bad taste in the mouth.

Why are Dubai restauarants charging such high rates for non-vintage wines - its so sad and just makes one want to stay at home or order a take away and enjoy that with a bottle of good wine.

Posted by: joanne kerr on 29 Mar ' 11 at 08:07
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Everyone must try this restaurant - I LOVE IT

Posted by: Terry on 22 Mar ' 11 at 13:58
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Last night I had one of my best meals in Dubai in this restautant. The food was amazing, the view is stunning, the staff are very good and extremely professional but also friendly.

Posted by: Lewis Jones on 16 Mar ' 11 at 09:25
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The new lunch menu is AMAZING value.

A true gem of a restaurant

Posted by: David on 09 Mar ' 11 at 12:06
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I have been to Mango Tree a few times and have not been dissapointed so I thought it would be good to write this time.

I went to Taste of Dubai and had a wonderful time eating all the great food especially from Mango Tree...the Phad Thai was awesome!!

My wife and I had a great time last night at Mango Tree...the food seemed to be better than ever...I do however remember meeting Chef Paul at Taste of Dubai and him saying he was new so its good to see he is making a difference.

The service was great also.

All in all we had a sound night and will be back very soon.

Posted by: Lorie on 08 Mar ' 11 at 09:15
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Mango Tree has become my most favorite place to eat in Dubai. It is always a must when we have guests visiting and want to have a wonderful Thai meal with a beautiful view of the fountains and Burj Khalifa. I have not been disappointed with the taste and plating of the meals in the many times that I have been there. Recently, I tried their Business Lunch Menu and especially enjoyed the Phla Salmon Salad. I will certainly be having lunch there again soon. Mango Tree seems to be getting better and better!

Posted by: Lencie on 08 Mar ' 11 at 06:49
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The amount of food I ate on the lunch menu was amazing and I can't get that salmon salad out of my head, amazing!!! I never much thought of it as a place to go for lunch but now it is THE place to go for lunch!

Posted by: Lencie on 08 Mar ' 11 at 06:47
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The amount of food I ate on the lunch menu was amazing and I can't get that salmon salad out of my head, amazing!!! I never much thought of it as a place to go for lunch but now it is THE place to go for lunch!

Posted by: Robert Jones on 07 Mar ' 11 at 20:51
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

What a fantastic restaurant. Beautiful food and surroundings, whast more could you ask for when celebrating your wedding annivesrary.

Congratulations to everyone involved with the restaurant keep up the great work

Posted by: Judy on 07 Mar ' 11 at 15:40
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

After having the fantastic food at Taste of Dubai I had to come and finally see what so many people have been talking about. The food exceeded my high expectations, I couldn't find fault in any of the dishes I tried. And when I thought it couldn't get any better the fountain started, wow, beautiful! Definitely a must do and see in Dubai!

Posted by: Patrick on 07 Mar ' 11 at 14:44
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I took my wife for a meal to Mango Tree last night. We are here on holiday and had been recommended it. I am a food critic in the UK and had a read through some of the comments before I went so didn't quite know what to expect but let me tell you this was a great experience.

We started off with the Tom Yum Soup and Prawn cakes which were so juicy and crispy and the soup was a dream. We went for the Phad Thai and Chicken in Green curry. The Phad Thai was so good and the chicken curry was the best I have ever tasted, so creamy and rich with lots of chicken and these lovely little green balls which I think are, if my knowledge serves me right, Pea aubergine.

We had 1 sweet to share which was the sticky rice. The mango was delicious and sweet and the rice had just the right amount of sweetness to compliment.

The service was great and our waiter was amazing, so attentative

It was a joy to eat at this restaurant and will be back when we are next in Dubai.

Well done guys you deserve the restaurant award in my eyes.

Posted by: Paul on 07 Mar ' 11 at 14:12
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Fantastic restaurant. Food was out of this world, Phad Thai was sweet and delicious, Tom Yum Soup was flavoursome and the Chicken with cashew nut was a good sized portion of melt in the mouth chicken. This restaurant should defiantely win the Best restaurant award

Posted by: meli on 03 Mar ' 11 at 23:02
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I just came back from dining at Mango Tree tonight, I had friends visiting from abroad and wanted to do a 2 in 1 (fountains and food) so thought this might be a great idea.

We had a few hurdles with the seating (waited 10 minutes to be seated, got a back-round-the-corner table with almost no fountain view and next to a table full of jumping children, were re-seated twice. the last table we were moved to was however perfect). it seems that because i started raising my voice a little and clearly stated that i wasn't happy with the arrangement they had made despite my booking in advance actually worked. We had impeccable service from all staff (the French maitre D, the floor manager, the bar manager and almost all the waiters), our main waiter was a very happy smiley guy who just brought sunshine to our table. The food was fabulous (I didn't have high expectations but was impressed with quality and quantity), we didn't have any of the deserts (they didn't look appealing and we already had too much to eat) and the drinks were good.

All in all I would say yes it is a little pricey but I would definitely go back and recommend it, with the over attention they gave us after the seating incident they managed to save my vote. I would however recommend that you do not settle with anything they give you (especially seating) they have a few bad tables and it seems they were glad they could flog them off to whoever were contempt with them

Posted by: Sunflower on 03 Feb ' 11 at 11:29
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Having had trouble first time round booking into this restaurant back in December, we decided to give them a second chance as the food was nice and try again as my sister had just got married and was over on honeymoon. Firstly we wanted to be outside but this is only for smokers. Not very nice if you don't smoke but it seems to get the best seat in the house you must take up this unsociable habit. Secondly our party went from six to nine people. I rang and left a message asking for someone to call me but I'm still waiting!! Unfortunately the Mango Tree can't cope with off the menu for more than 8 people and you have to have a SET MENU without drinks that is very expensive. As we have guests that have not tried Thai before we wanted them to try something from the all a carte menu of our choice. We tried to explain to the receptionist that we would like to split the bill (6 and 3) and sit on the same table that had been booked for nine people, but she couldn't understand. we asked her to have two separate tables but the table of three couldn't be seated until 1 1/2 hours after us. We asked to speak to the manager and were told he would ring back in five minutes. An hour later he rings and we give up. Good luck if you want to eat here, the food is nice but is spoilt at the first hurdle by the lack of helpful staff whose motto must be "its more than my job is worth"! Shame this could be a cracking place to recommend but not only am I never going to recommend it until it improves its service we will NOT be going back.

Posted by: Qaid Zohar on 27 Jan ' 11 at 09:37
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

A pathetic excuse for a restaurant. went over last night to celebrate my partners wife's birthday and ended up going home hungry.
to sum it up i would call this an EXCEPTIONAL RESTAURANT.

1. Exceptionally high prices

2. Exceptionally low quantity of serving per plate ( I wouldn;t exaggerate if i had to say we had to hunt for the meat in the stew and rice on the plate considering the price vis-a-vis quantity served).

3. Exceptionally bad service - they couldn't come up with a comments card.

4. Dhs.29.00 for a cooler less than 100ml. Wow! talk about being ripped off.

5. went for dinner - ate a snack paid for with a king's ransom.

6. requested a brithday cake in advance - they didn;t even bother to wish her.

should be renamed RIP OFF PLACE instead of Mango tree.

Definitely not on my "To Recommend" eat out. People, BEWARE unless you want to shed weight from your wallet and return hungry.

Posted by: Emmie on 13 Jan ' 11 at 05:42
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

View of the fountain was fantastic! Food was delicious! One of the best nights out I’ve had in Dubai!

Posted by: Billy on 09 Jan ' 11 at 17:07
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We have been 3 times and I won't be back. The food and service get progressively worse. We arrived having booked a table outside, we were shown to a table outside, but on the side around the corner. This would have been fine, but the restaurant was still empty and there was a private party going on in the area. Literally 1 foot behind my seat was a group of 20 plus, and the smokers were out in force. We asked to move and we were told all the other tables were all booked. I am not sure how you can dictate which table for 4 goes to who. We offered to leave and then the manager gave us a table in the front which had now become available??? We shared the mixed starter between 4, had one small main course each and 2 bottles of wine. We used 2x entertainer vouchers and the bill was still AED1200!!! The food was frankly poor and the service slow. If it wasn't for the fountain show outside this place would be out of business. Time for a rethink and a large improvement on the food front.

Posted by: Fatima Al Nasser on 08 Nov ' 10 at 10:14
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The menu is a little bit overpriced, but the place and the food is worth the money. I tried the mixed platter as an appetizer and it was yummy, delecious. The only reason we chose that was that we couldnt settle on which appetizer to pick. For the main course, we had jasmine rice, the chicken in green curry and the cashew nuts chicken. The food was divine and the service was absolutely great.

Would definetly recommend it to others. And would definetly go there again.

Fatima

Posted by: Ambika Shenai on 30 Jun ' 10 at 11:56
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Pathetic Restaurant.... Visited on 28th Jun 10, A very rude Restaurant manager... we were a party of 5 people.... 1st they told us that we dont have seats for 5 people u need to wait after 15 mins of waiting we got a table near the entrance to the terrace. the Ac temperature was not cold enough..... every time the door to the terrace was opened hot air was blown and it became hotter....

It took 20 mins for some one to take our order when asked if we need still water we said yes but they got us the most xpensive water on there list. My glass was stinking with an eggish smell when complained to the Restaurant Manager he said awful???? Thats the 1st time i have had this complain ... No apologises said an xtermly arrogant french manager..... Hopeless serving size..... took 30 mins for our food starters to arrive and 45 mins for main course .... Only good thing that our server did was he shifted us after our starters into the cellar room where it was chill... Deserts were pathetic they Should Call a proper pastry shop for there cakes ..... the Lobsters we ordered was probably only half of wat we paid for.... the steamed fish had bones in it. I think there restaurant Manager shuould go to Blu Elephant or Lemon Grass or even Thai Terrace to chk the hospitality.....

Amazing despite of such bad service people still come here... i would never recomend this to any one..... People dont ever go here

Posted by: JM on 23 May ' 10 at 18:37
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Had Lunch on Saturday, have to say only dissappointment. Service was poor, lack of attention and simple things were missed.

The Kitchen apparently had a Gas problem so food was delayed, however it eventually arrived with limited flavour. Thai Fishcakes were appalling,

Main course of Duck Red Curry and Seafood stirfry equally poor, quality of meat and seafood was terrible. Duck dry and string like, Prawns tasteless.

On informing the staff that the meal was poor, there were non plus without being particularly concerned.

Give this one a miss.

Posted by: Louise on 14 May ' 10 at 10:11
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Five of us dined at The Mango Tree. Food was good, service was very attentive. View was spectacular of the Burj Khalifa and the amazing water fountain display. We sat outside on the terrace - maybe a mistake to sit outside as it was hot. Too hot to sit without fans or air-conditioning beckoning us inside. Which is what we had to do eventually after our meal to finish our wine at the bar!!

Posted by: Sabine on 30 Apr ' 10 at 07:07
  • Best for: Romantic

I have been to Mango Tree a few times and always had different experiences....unfortunately this restaurant seems to be very inconsistent with their service and food quality. I thougth today I will try the Friday lunch deal and opted to call them ahead to see if its fully booked and what exactely the formula is. A lady picked up the phone who hardly spoke any english and after telling her about the Friday deal, she told me its incorrect and they only serve 3 courses without drinks (nothing unlimited) After telling her that 3 different magazines featured the Friday deal she placed me on hold and called one of her colleagues (on the phone). She confirmed that the food is unlimited but no drinks are included in the deal. I find that more than surprising that the staff doesnt event know their deals! As you can imagine, I decided not to go as I am everything else than ready to spend my otherwiese relaxing Frieday fighting with staff over published deals.

Posted by: Shweta on 29 Apr ' 10 at 14:53
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

This is in no way meant to put down a restaurant that seems to get quite a few good reviews. However, our experience at Mango Tree was really disappointing – and a restaurant as expensive as this should be able to serve a spectacular meal to every customer any time of the day, any day of the week. Here’s why you won’t find me recommending it to anyone anytime soon:

- Despite reserving on a weeknight, we wound up on an ‘inside table’ (which means you’re not just away from the terrace, you’re right next to the kitchen with absolutely no view)

- The music was so loud we had to shout to have a normal conversation.

- The markups were scary – 50 dirhams for a bottle of British mineral water. Seriously?

- We were really looking forward to ordering fish – but none of the fish dishes on the menu were available on the day!

- The tofu with red curry was full of flavour, but it came with so little sauce, it barely covered the dish it came in.

- The portion sizes were way too small to justify the price tag.

My advice - you and your wallet will be much happier at many other Thai restaurants in the city like say, Lemongrass. Watch the fountain for free downstairs and head somewhere else for dinner instead!

Posted by: Helena on 24 Mar ' 10 at 13:20
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We took some friends that were visiting us to Mango Tree and were really disappointed. The food was very slow to come out and the main courses were cold. The red snapper was a dry lump of fish, the only thing I vaguely enjoyed was the pad thai. The selection of starts were ok but not attractively presented, although my friend's soup was apparently quite nice. This disappointment was compounded by the over pricing of the food, for such an average meal we would have expected to pay half the price.

Posted by: Robert on 03 Mar ' 10 at 08:26
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes


I recently visted mango tree and i have to say all was outsatnding

the food was to die for the green curry just melted in my mouth and the service was great all of the staff were genuine and smart a really looked after us .... not like a lot of other places in town .

see you again next week

Posted by: Sally-Anne Gerull on 24 Feb ' 10 at 01:16
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Had dinner there last night (party of 4) and I dont really understand why this place is so busy and popular. Really average food with some of the basics (like chicken with cashew nuts) were really below standard. Not sure why Time out loves the chicken dishes-all the ones we tried the chicken was dried out and overcooked and nothing succulent about them.

Sticky rice and Mango dessert and Lightly defried sea bass were only good things we ordered

Great view of the fountains but wouldnt go for the view...would recommend Cafe Karma over this and just as good views of fountains at night.

Huge wine list but the wine we chose not chilled so had to choose an alternative.

Posted by: Peter on 16 Feb ' 10 at 06:30
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I love Mango Tree, what more do you need than fab food and amazing views. Tried the free flowing lunch a couple of weeks ago, and it was fab - I loved trying out some new things and it is great not to have to stand in line at a buffet.

Posted by: David on 10 Feb ' 10 at 10:27
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Had been here several times before because of decent quality food..last several times, service has been very inconsistent taking _hours_ to deliver simple 3 course meal. Most recently chicken in curry was served RAW. Apologies were not forthcoming after this was pointed out, instead was told "chef cannot tell if chicken is cooked because it is in the curry!" ?? Plate was taken away to be cooked - after it was returned, we ate the curry, only to be approached moments later and told "sorry, we served you again the raw one, here is a cooked one". Manager was not the least bit understanding, no apologies offered.
Certainly numerous health code violations are incurred here daily. With poor service, high prices, and bad quality food, I would avoid this place at all costs, particularly not to risk food posioning.

Posted by: opooo on 07 Jan ' 10 at 10:11
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Venky on 08 Dec ' 09 at 18:29
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food was excellent and the wine delicious! I was very pleased with the service as well, everything we asked for was brought instantly with a smile.

The main thing going for The Mango Tree is it's food sevice & spectacular fountain views.
There are few restaurants that I really enjoy, this is definitely one of them. The atmosphere is great!

Posted by: JC on 16 Oct ' 09 at 08:28
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The main thing going for The Mango Tree is it's location & spectacular fountain views. However, the service although friendly isn't good enough. At each course we were asked at least twice by different staff whether we would like to order. We cut short our meal as we were informed they didn't have decaf coffee only to be told by someone else that they did. Whilst waiting for the bill we were asked whether we were ready to leave as they had other guests waiting for tables. When presented with our bill we were asked to go behind the bar to enter our credit card pin! Most of the tables on the front of the terrace although quite clearly designed for 2 had 3 cramped diners squeezed on them squinting at menus due to very poor lighting. Avoid the yellow chicken curry as it consists of only a few pieces of chicken & potatoes.

Posted by: Dave on 06 Oct ' 09 at 07:51
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Went there for dinner for the first time last night and although the restaurant decor was lovely, and the staff served us with a smile everytime, the food wasnt good, and they had run out of lots of things.

We ordered the chicken in pandan leaves but they didnt have them. I ordered a small bottle of water but they only had the large bottles of Voss (obviously much pricier!). And then when we ordered a 2nd bottle of pinot grigio, it took them 30 minutes to come back and tell us that there was none left, and then another 20 minutes to get us a bottle of chardonnay.

The food arrived very quickly (around 10 minutes after ordering!) but I found it disappointing. The green chicken curry was very sweet, and I couldnt finish it as a result.

There are much better Thai restaurants in town, food wise, although the location next to the fountains is amazing, and the terrace is lovely.

Still, I wont be going back for more

Posted by: Kelli on 09 Aug ' 09 at 13:50
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I wasn't too sure what to expect when my date took me to the Mango Tree, I didn't realize it was Thai Cusine. The food was excellent and the wine delicious! I was very pleased with the service as well, everything we asked for was brought instantly with a smile.

There are few restaurants that I really enjoy, this is definitely one of them. It feels very exclusive but at the same time also quite homey. The atmosphere is great!

Posted by: Vicky on 09 Aug ' 09 at 13:15
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I went to Mango Tree for a lunch meeting last week and wow the food was delicious....had a really great Thai Green Chicken Curry- even just writing about it now makes my mouth water- think I'll be having a lot more meetings there! All of the food that came with the lunch offer was really tasty and a great price as well! The restaurant itself is really lovely and the staff and manager were friendly and helpful! Think I'll be going back at night to have a watch out the fountains too! Keep up the good work Mango Tree :)

Posted by: RJ on 03 Aug ' 09 at 15:28
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We went with a group of seven on a Thursday night. The place was packed. Even so, the service was fine for our table. We had to sit outside due to inside being full. It was pretty hot, but they had some fans that helped. It was worth sweating a bit for the great view of the fountains.

We all ordered different things and shared them "family style". Everything we tried was delicious. My favourite was Prawns in Red Curry sauce, but everything was fantastic.

We'll definitely be going back.

Posted by: zina on 29 Jun ' 09 at 20:19
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Read the reviews from Timeout and thought of give it a try. Completely disppointed with the quality of the food, not really authentic. Went on a Sunday night which is not very busy but hardly can find a service staff to attend and our starters was served after 30 minutes of order. Worth going for the view and good selection for wine though.

Posted by: Adrian on 27 Jun ' 09 at 16:58
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

You won't get value for the Friday brunch menu, first of all, you would be treated as 2nd class diner, as they would serve the ala carte menu diner first. We were one of the first to arrive, but one of the last to be served.

The service was slow and the waiter and waiteresses don't seem to know what's going own with their own menu. The food is ok, but too much msg.

Good for a romantic dinner that extending dining hour is required.

Posted by: James on 18 Jun ' 09 at 18:23
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food supported by extremely good service. Seven people in the party ALL ordering different dishes - both appetizers and main - and everything was delivered to the table in good time and exactly as requested. Superb selection of wines available at very reasonable price.

View from the terrace of the fountains - simply unbelievable!!

Only problem - is the lack of fans on the terrace!



Posted by: Gaby on 16 Jun ' 09 at 13:32
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I was at Mango Tree yesterday with a friend and cannot confirm all things that some people wrote here. The place was packed from around 8 pm on, we were sitting outside which was not too hot and so we could even see the short show of the musical fountain.

The selection is huge both in food and drinks (including liquor) even though, you can sense that it is a chain and they have kind of a unique menu in all locations. The food was allright and not overpriced. We could choose between three different types of rice to accompany the main dishes.

I agree that the service is not as in a fine dining restaurant, but where do you find that in Dubai anyway apart from some selected hotel restaurants? There was an issue with my starter which I pointed out to the waitress and she aplogized and solved it by bringing the missing shrimps. The waiters were not too pro-active but delivered everything within a short time at our request. They do not seem to be too flexible, though, in deciding e.g. if changes to the listed items are possible. This is the management's responsibility to empower them more.

All in all, we had a nice evening and I would go back for a casual dinner anytime.

Posted by: Stefanie on 15 Jun ' 09 at 12:59
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We went last weekend. The food was ok - not the best Thai in Dubai but still good. Prices were ok. The view is marvellous - you can watch the fontains' show from the first floor which is very nice.
However, I've experienced such poor service seldomly - it took forever to order, food arrived before we had the drinks, took forever to order the second round of drinks.

Posted by: ahmed on 15 Jun ' 09 at 10:07
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The food was extremely tasteless, would rather go to the fantastic Thai Kitchen at Park Hyatt than paying a fortune here. Not even close to the one in London. Definitely won't go back again.

Posted by: Arvind Arora on 14 Jun ' 09 at 08:57
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Awesum View... Great Service... Yunny Thai Food... Lovely Wines..

One of the Place to Dine in UAE.

Cheers

Arvind.

Posted by: Cora on 29 May ' 09 at 18:40
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Friday lunch. Restaurant was not full but service was slow.....very slow. All the main courses were served with white rice and when we realised that, we asked that they do not serve the rice as we were not able to eat all of it. The waitress then came with more of the dishes with rice saying that the chef advised that this was the standard, Called for the manger who really did not seem too happy to come and talk to us. He advised that this was a direction from headoffice. In a sacarstic tone, he said that this would not change the amount of food. I felt he was insulting us. I used to tell friends to eat here but you can bet that I will now discourage them from stepping into the restaurant. Shame that they did not see it fit to listen to the request of the guest which was going to help headoffice save some money as well.

Posted by: Cdr on 25 May ' 09 at 15:05
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We decided on having dinner there after the beautiful walk around the Souk and the dancing fountain so we didnt have reservations but we decided to take a shot at it anyways cause we love Thai food.
There was a gentleman in a crisp black suit behind the reception desk and we asked if we could get a place without reservations and he gave us this very angry look and asked us to wait while he seated other customers who walked in before us.He came back to get some menus after 5 minutes and we asked again if it would be possible and he snapped back saying "Wait" and never returned.After another 5 minutes a thai lady walked towards us and greeted us and checked to see if there was anything available and since it was a weeknight she had a table for 3 available and she sat us down with out menus.The guy in the black suit saw us being seated and just ignored us just walked past.
The places was sweltering!The AC inside wasnt working and the place was full so it was reallllly stuffy.Since we were hungry we deicded to get a drink and eat and get out.We then waited for 20 minutes for our order to be taken and managed to get one persons attention to take our order and he said he would come back and dissapeared for another 10 minutes.Our patience wore out and we left .We the had dinner and drinks at the Meat Company just downstairs from the Mango Tree and it was delightful.The place was filled to the brim but the staff was really polite and they showed us to the bar to get a drink while they figure out where to seat us.Witihin 10 minutes they seated us and we were greated with a friendly "Jumbo" followed by the menus.
Even though they looked understaffed considering the place was full the service was simply brilliant and the food was even better!
We have been to some of the best restaurants in the world but have never come across bad service like we did in MANGO TREE.
We had with us a friend who was visiting Dubai for the first time and he was also shocked at the terrible service considering they are a relatively new restaurant they need to make a good impression.

Posted by: Inga on 25 May ' 09 at 10:21
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We went there on a Saturday Evening, we had to share a huge table with other guest, but this wasn't a problem.
After 20 Minutes of waiting(!!) decided to organize a menu ourselves...
The Wine we ordered was not available, therefore they totally forgot our water.
The King Prawn was peeled as requested, but they added the shell to the curry... chewing on crab shell is an experience but not really wanted at that moment....
The terrace and the fountain is nice, but if you don't want to get totally wet, you shall stay inside... the spray of the water is spilling all over the Terrace.
There are definitely better places in Dubai to spend money on Food and Service....

Posted by: Olivier on 15 May ' 09 at 08:42
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food, good service, nice ambiance especially on the terrace with the view of the new fountain of Burj Dubai but it’s very HOT outside, please add fans! Inside it’s nice but too noisy.
I’ll come back for the food

Posted by: Amelia Jane on 04 May ' 09 at 09:36
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

its ok
its not wow, food was ok,

but with so much choice in Dubai they should get it right.....not so??? esp with great hotels right next door offering great experiences

Posted by: Sahar on 16 Apr ' 09 at 09:49
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

i went to this restaraunt with friedns after reading TimeOut's review and was surprised, to say the least. The decor was beautiful, unfortunately that was the only good thing abt the place. First off, we had the most disinterested waitress taking out order on a piece of scrap paper. Once she left, we asked andother server for napkins and lo and eold they were short of NAPKINS!!! On a saturday night, and you're short of NAPKINS!! Then a different server came and told us that they were out of spring rolls as starters. Then i ordered a bottle of aqua fina water and guess what they were out of every single bottle of aquafina!! So i had to order the more posh water. Then we got our meal an hour and 20mins later. The food was reasonably good though. Unfortunately halfway through we ordered another side of steamed rice and guess again, they were out of STEAMED RICE. The server apologized in an extremely haughty manner saying , 'madam, the chef says it will take some time to prepare the rice, so why don't you order some noodles instead." Since when has steamed rice needed to take huge amounts of preparation time?? and sicne when did the main chef needed to make the rice?? That was the last straw, we paid and left. Disappointed, a perfect saturday night ruined by lax service and mediocre food.

Posted by: Oytun on 03 Apr ' 09 at 19:10

WMy girlfriend and I went there with the intention of having a nice Thai style seafood dinner but after they took our order two different waitresses came one after the other to tell us they had neither the mussles nor the crab we ordered. The manager later came and told us we cood have the crab dish made out of non-shelled crab, but the only thing this could possibly mean was they were going to use non-fresh crab, perhaps frozen or out of a can. Needless to say we were quite disappointed and left for another restaurant. Items not being available is one of the most annoying experiences in a restaurant and this time it was not one but two items they advertised on the menu. I'm not saying they are a bad restaurant but they should not let their customers down like this.

Posted by: Carmela Manalo on 26 Jan ' 09 at 13:53
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

we had our anniversary dinner at mango tree thou we had to wait for 45 mins to wait for a vacant table. The food was superb. We had been escorted by their manager whos very warm. For starters, we had marinated chicken wrapped in pandan leaves, their mixed fried rice was great when we combine it with the plain steamed rice. Their serving for the grilled sea bass wrapped in banana leaf was the best. For the dessert, we've ordered mango with sticky rice and coconut milk. yum yum yum

Posted by: Cheng on 26 Jan ' 09 at 10:27
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We were at this restaurant last Saturday for dinner and it was really a wonderful experience! My date is not very fond of Thai food but they have the grilled Angus Rib-eye that he really enjoyed

I think once the construction is finished around Burj, their Terrace will be packed as their Terrace has direct views of the Burj and Fountains

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