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+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.

04 814 5590 Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)

It’s by no means a pre-requisite to be a cheese lover if you’re heading for a bite to eat at Girders at JA Ocean View Hotel, but it helps.

This is because, as we eye up the menu, our stare is captured by a few particularly queso-tastic options, and of course we can’t resist.

You’d imagine that a sharable dish like nachos, priced at Dhs49, would be achievable for two people. Well, we can’t decide whether our appetite isn't on top form on our visit, or if the plate is so stacked that we find it almost impossible.

That is by no means a bad thing, you get value for your money, that’s for sure. The only problem is that it’s so unfeasibly cheesy that it feels like we’re embarking on a challenge, not a relaxed dinner.

And it’s more of the same when our mains arrived – we really wish we’d ordered in between courses, instead of all at once at the start – because the prawn quesadillas are filled to the cheesy brim, too. It’s a cheese-lover’s dream, and with a bit of a spicy kick to it, there are many who’d gladly eat here forever.

We also opt for the chilli beans burger – a beef patty topped with chilli beans, jalapeños, cheese (again) and onion rings, and served with fries. We’re ready to burst by the time we get halfway through this monster, but at Dhs70 for our burger and Dhs60 for the quesadillas, we’ve got cracking value for money.

If you’re not a fan of cheese, there are plenty of other grilled items and international meals, but approach the dairy dishes with caution, because they are not shy in slapping it on. But again, that’s not a bad thing.

The Bottom Line
Arrive hungry and roll out the door.

Eating probably isn’t the first thing on people’s minds when they come to Blue Marlin. It is, after all, primarily a beach club with an outstanding line-up of international and local DJ talent performing every weekend.

However, anyone who’s been to the Saturday brunch will tell you that the kitchen here turns out some pretty tasty food.

With that in mind, on our latest visit to check out one of the world’s leading DJs – Pete Tong – we thought we’d take a table in the restaurant instead of hanging out at the bar.

It turns out that the view of the DJ booth from the restaurant is pretty special, especially if you nab a table on the edge rather than one of the more loungey tables further back.

It’s a pleasant space, still filled with the beautiful people who come here to be seen, but it’s far less hectic than anywhere else in the venue.

The menu includes a good selection of meat, fish and pasta dishes, as well as salads, sashimi and smaller plates ideal for sharing.

We heartily recommend the padrón peppers and crispy squid, as well as some maki rolls. Prices aren’t as high as you might fear, though drinks will push the bill upwards. It’s a top way to experience Blue Marlin.

The bottom line
Excellent food while you party.

British +971 4 4542638 Emirates Hills

A bona fide family-friendly Dubai institution, Reform Social & Grill is that rare thing – a community pub. Set in the Lakes, it is perfect for a weekend meal with a few drinks, mum and dad able to chill out in the garden while the kids play on the small playground and makeshift football pitch alongside it. In the week the place is also rammed, but with people popping in for a pint and bite to eat on the way home after work. And those bites are very good, by the way. Pâtés, steak tartare and salads pepper the starters – and the pear and stilton tart is a corker, too – while there are four packed sharing platters to choose from, top grills, good salads and a lovely ploughman’s. A special shout-out to the burgers as well. Juicy and fat. Just as they should be. Good breakfasts, too. This place is highly recommended.

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