Taste of Thai Thiptara Lunch

A super lunch at Time Out Dubai’s Best Thai Restaurant 2018

Taste of Thai Thiptara Lunch
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When booking a brunch three things are vital. Food, setting and value. And at this swanky Thai restaurant you’ll be greeted with all three.

Set in Palace Downtown, Thiptara is an excellent place to spend a Friday lunchtime, and make sure to book in advance to secure a spot on the terrace for a front row view for the fountains.

Admittedly the Dubai Fountain show isn’t as awe-inspiring during the day as by night, but it’s still impressive – and its proximity to the outside dining area means you’ll still hear the emotive crash as the dancing waters comes thundering down.

And if you love Thai food, you’re in for a treat. As our Best Thai Restaurant 2018, Thiptara serves up classic dishes, prepared expertly – and that doesn’t wane during brunch.

Drinks in the house package include grape, hops and a limited selection of mixed drinks, but what you’re really here for is the food. And it’s exceptional. Plus at Dhs370 for house beverages it’s a cracking deal.

All dishes are brought to share and the table loads up fairly quickly. Cold appetisers include spicy green papaya salad, avocado salad and a mixed seafood salad, the latter of which is packed full of fresh squid, prawns and scallops. It’s light, fragrant and a strong start.

The hot appetisers are even better with juicy, tasty chicken satay paired with delicately spiced peanut sauce, while crispy and not-at-all greasy vegetable spring rolls go down a treat. We don’t love the slightly heavy, podgy dim sum, but this is made up for by the delicious crab cakes, scented with lemongrass and served with refreshing diced cucumber.

There’s a soup course – hot and spicy salmon – which is nice enough but not really necessary ahead of the mountain of mains.

Dishes continue in the same excellent thread with generous servings of sautéed spicy prawns with cashews, peppers and dry chilli and beef tenderloin with black pepper sauce. Both dishes are delicious – and made all the better by the stunning setting.

The highlight of the main courses is the green chicken curry, a signature dish, which is fiery and smooth in equal measure, with tasty, tender chicken chunks and plenty of sauce. The pad Thai is also a hit – being flavoursome and not too oily, as can sometimes be the case, and packed with veg.

Mango with sticky rice and water chestnuts with jack fruit are tasty enough, but really dessert is just a pleasant addition at this stage, not an essential.

A mix of couples and family are on the terrace and inside – it’s busy – soaking up the atmosphere, and there’s a friendly, laid-back vibe.

This lazy lunch is an excellent way to experience the best Thai restaurant in Dubai without breaking the bank.
Dhs210 (food only), Dhs240 (soft drinks), Dhs370 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).

WHAT IS IT...
A super lunch at Time Out Dubai’s Best Thai Restaurant 2018

WHY GO...
For the excellent food and front row Dubai Fountain views

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