Don’t be put off by the Holiday Inn venue or the Barsha location, The Royal Budha serves up some of the best Thai food in the city. Fresh ingredients bursting with flavour, made into interesting dishes that stand well above the traditional staples make this place a must for fans of South East Asian fare. It’s a crime this place isn’t heaving every night of the week because for all the delicate touches, like ginger tea on arrival and beautiful presentation of dishes, The Royal Buddha offers high-end dining at mid-range prices. Starters include a beef tenderloin Thai salad which features succulent chunks of perfectly spiced prime meat. Mains range from curries to lighter northern Thai dishes such as steamed fish in banana leaves, which manages to be light, tasty and incredibly filling at the same time. With more atmosphere, this could well be an award-winning restaurant.