If you’re looking for a swish Thai restaurant, this winner has trendy written all over it. With moody lighting and cool décor, it also has an excellent and exciting menu that you’ll want to try time and again. Food is always top-notch and packed full of flavour, especially the marvellous massaman beef curry.
Open daily 6pm-midnight. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 3000).
The Royal Budha
This Thai is more pocket-friendly than most in the city. It’s not fine-dining by any stretch, nor is it one of the budget eateries, it’s a happy middle ground with friendly service and
some super-tasty authentic Thai food.
Open Sat-Thu 7pm-11pm, Fri noon-midnight. Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha, Al Barsha (04 323 4333).
The 2018 winner in the Thai and Best Romantic categories this stunning restaurant has a pretty terrace, set out into the waters surrounding Burj Khalifa, with prime views of The Dubai Fountain. Dishes are traditional and consistently wonderful, especially the classics such as crispy, fresh papaya salad and rich green Thai curry.
Open Sat-Thu 6pm-11.30pm, Fri 12.30pm-4pm, 6pm-11.30pm. Palace Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Serving the unmistakable flavours of traditional Thai cuisine, this menu celebrates centuries-old recipes. A majestic interior resembles the royal dining halls of King Rama IV while affording gorgeous views of Dubai’s skyline.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dusit.com (04 343 3333).
This quaint space only holds about 50 diners. The flavours are fresh and lighter than typical Thai dishes, as they are in Isan in north eastern Thailand. Curries and soups are clear rather than coconut-based, but spicier.
Open daily noon-10pm. Cluster N, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (058 287 3181).
Serving light and aromatic traditional Thai dishes, the culinary journey begins as a traditional Abra transports you to the restaurant while you relax and take in beautiful views across Madinat’s serene waterways.
Open Sun-Thu 6pm-11.30pm; Fri-Sat 12.30pm-3.15pm; 6.30pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim, www.jumeirah.com (04 432 3232).
Dine in the ambient restaurant or al fresco on the terrace and sample all the classics of Thai cooking, such as tped sam rod crispy roasted duck with chilli sauce, pineapple and crispy basil and pad Thai noodles.
Open Sat-Wed 7pm-11pm; Thu 1pm-4pm, 7pm-11.30pm; Fri 7pm-11.30pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, www.spiceemporiumdubai.com (04 511 7373).
Meaning ‘dawn of happiness’ Sukhothai is decked out in warm tones of oak and red with lighting giving the venue an orange glow so that the ambience is relaxed. Choose from five set menus offering authentic, bold Thai flavours.
Open daily 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud, www.sukhothai-dubai.com (04 702 2455).
The Thai Kitchen
Overlooking Dubai Creek and the marina, al fresco dining is recommended at Thai Kitchen where a traditional menu celebrates the diversity of Thai cuisine.
Open daily 7pm-11.45pm; 12.30pm-4pm (Friday brunch). Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, www.hyattrestaurants.com (04 602 1814).
A pink door transports you to a kitsch, cinema-themed dining room, filled with Thai movie memorabilia (the eatery takes its name from a classic Thai film). From curries to soups, salads and noodles, dishes are packed with flavour.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11.20pm; Fri-Sat noon-11pm. DusitD2 Kenz Hotel, Barsha Heights, www.wisekwai.com (04 567 2247).