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Asian 04 888 3444 Downtown Dubai

With views over The Dubai Fountain, and moodily lit dining room and terrace, it’s no wonder Thiptara took home our gong for Best Romantic Restaurant 2018. However, it’s not style over substance here, as the food is excellent, too, which is why it’s a worthy winner of the Best Thai Restaurant Award too.

The menu offers such delights as black cod wrapped in pandan leaf and soft-shell crab served with a spicy home-made sauce to start, and both will leave you craving more.

The menu also offers authentic salads including som tum Thai – a green papaya offering with long beans, tomatoes, Thai lime chilli dressing and tiger prawns. It’s truly one for spice fans. The tom kha Thai soup also to start, with coconut, your choice vegetables, chicken or seafood, plus Thai herbs and mushrooms is heart-warmingly delicious. But the true showstoppers are in the main courses.

Seafood, meat and poultry, curries and tofu dishes are made expertly, and nowhere will you find a classic green, red or Paneng curry made better.

The pad Thai noodles are also a cut above the rest – wonderfully fresh, with crisp beansprouts and soft noodles, meaty prawns and fluffy scrambled eggs. The menu is nicely proportioned and concise, and staff are more than happy to guide you through it, which they do well here – they know it inside out. 

Since you can enjoy the show with some of the tastiest Thai food in town, there’s no better place in Dubai for a romantic evening out with some top-class cuisine.

The bottom line
Book in for a showcase of fantastic flavours and spectacular Fountain views

+971 4 602 1814 Deira

The Thai Kitchen may not be as glitzy, new or swanky as some of the other Thai res-taurants in the city, but that’s certainly not to its detriment.

This Thai restaurant has been impressing us for years, as it consistently turns out authentic, tasty Thai food.

The open kitchen means you can see your food being prepared and the chefs and waiters will take into account your fondness (or otherwise) of spice.

Go with their suggestions and you’ll be hit with wave after wave of excellent food.

Opt for one of the set menus to experience the best selection of dishes, or choose off the main menu that boasts a range of classic dishes – pad Thai, green curries et al – as well as more unusual options such as a whole hot and sour sea bass to share.

Park Hyatt Dubai’s dining scene has also been redeveloped to form The Promenade this year, so alongside The Thai Kitchen, there are new additions to the culinary zone in NOEPÉ and Brasserie Du Park, meaning there’s a fresh lease of life to the area.

With stunning views of the Creek, a buzzing vibe and some authentic dishes, you can’t get much bet-ter Thai food than at this Dubai classic.

The bottom line:
An oldie, but a goodie.

Thai 04 414 3000 Business Bay

Tong Thai, set in the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, is a huge venue that seems to go on forever while you’re walking to your table.

The journey is worth it, though, as the dining room has a great vibe and is almost always bustling. Being a stylish venue in a high-end hotel, Tong Thai is, as you’d expect, at the upper end of the spectrum when it comes to prices, but the food is all very good indeed.

Try the steamed, purple chicken dumplings – the casing is just the right thickness to give it some bite and the filling is superb.
From the signature dishes section of the menu, the crispy tiger prawns are a solid choice, with a punchy green peppercorn sauce. Grilled red snapper wrapped in banana leaf is another highlight.

All the classics are on the menu and you won’t go far wrong with anything you pick. Tong Thai has won a Highly Commended award at our Restaurant Awards more than once for many good reasons, and we expect it to keep hitting those heights.

The bottom line
Classic Thai food, done well, in a fancy setting.

Thai 04 567 2247 Al Barsha

We love finding interesting, new places to eat serving tasty food. And in Wise Kwai we have another to add to that list.

The Thai restaurant has so far flown under the radar. The pristine lobby of the DusitD2 Kenz in Barsha Heights gives nothing about Wise Kwai away. Once you open the pink door you’re transported into a kitsch, cinema-themed dining room, filled with Thai movie memorabilia (the eatery takes its name from a classic Thai film). It’s quiet on both our visits, but that doesn’t detract from a quirky, welcoming vibe.

The staff are unbelievably charming. They’ll help you navigate the menu and make recommendations, and we advise you to take them.

From curries to soups and salads to noodles, there’s plenty here for newbies to Thai cuisine, as well as for those who are a bit more experienced. Dishes are packed with flavour (and as much spice as you like) and is served on handmade crockery and in colourful pots and tiffin boxes.

The classics are all great (try pad Thai noodles) or go for the steamed sea bass for something a little different. Desserts and sides also hit the mark.

For a good-value, relaxed Thai meal, this is really up there.

The bottom line
Fun, friendly and tasty. A real gem.


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