Thai 04 567 2247 Al Barsha

We love finding interesting places to eat serving tasty food. And in Wise Kwai you have a great one to add to your list.

The Thai restaurant has flown under the radar mostly, but it’s certainly worth discovering more about. 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).

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.

Thai 04 557 9778 Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT)

The people who work here are rather fantastic and very passionate about what they do. It’s a small place in JLT, quite quaint, with room for about 50 diners (it delivers, too), and the cooking is done in front of you. It’s clearly a labour of love for the owners.

You can feel the care and excitement that they have for their venture, which is extremely refreshing. Isan is in North Eastern Thailand, and the food there is lighter than you’ll usually find in more typical Thai restaurants.

Curries and soups are clear, rather than coconut-based, and it is all a touch more spicy. Spring rolls have plenty of vegetables and come with a lovely chilli sauce, crispy beef has a great chew and is accompanied by an excellent spicy sauce, while juicy stir-fried prawns with green beans, red onion and garlic-soy sauce are excellent, as is the sticky rice.

Tastes are clean and fresh, and spicy in that way that only South East Asian cuisines manage – simultaneously as hot as the sun and yet as refreshing as a glass of young coconut water.

The prices are keen, the service superb, and the food delicious.

Thai 04 602 1816 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.

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