This elegant restaurant has prime views across to The Dubai Fountain. However, it doesn’t rest on its laurels and rely on the setting for its popularity – as is proven in taking this award for the second year running. Dishes are expertly prepared and palate-pleasing. Prices are high, but so is the quality of the food, and it’s sure to be a meal you won’t forget in a hurry.
Open daily 6pm-11.30pm. Palace Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 888 3444).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Thai Kitchen
This longstanding Thai restaurant never goes out of fashion. With lovely Creek views and some great dishes, it’s good value, too.
Open Sat-Thu 7pm-11.45pm; Fri 12.30pm-4pm (brunch), 7pm-11.45pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1814).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Tong Thai
This cool venue in the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is consistently good. Dishes are tasty and the interiors are striking.
Open daily 6pm-midnight. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 3000).
Great service and authentic food. Also boasts great views of the city.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Licensed. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 317 4515).
SHORTLISTED: Café Isan
A down-to-earth spot with a menu inspired by the flavours and culture of north eastern Thailand.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily noon-11pm. Waterfront Cluster M, JLT (04 513 5289).
SHORTLISTED: Pai Thai
You get there by boat, which is always a good thing, right? The food is excellent too – always up there with the best in the city. Plus the outside terrace is an excellent spot to watch the abras sail past.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open Sun-Thu 6pm-11.15pm; Fri-Sat 12.30pm-2.15pm, 6.30pm-11.15pm. Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah (04 432 3232).
SHORTLISTED: Spice Emporium
The Westin’s high-end Thai restaurant has a sleek setting and the dishes pack a punch.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open Sun-Wed 6pm-10.45pm; Thu 6pm-11.45pm; Fri 1pm-4pm (brunch), 7pm-11.45pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Jumeirah (04 511 7136).
Meaning “dawn of happiness” this long-standing Thai restaurant in Garhoud boasts polite service and good food.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-2.45pm, 7pm-11.45pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 217 0000).
SHORTLISTED: The Royal Budha
A wallet-friendly location in Al Barsha, not the best but decent if you’re in the area.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open Sat-Thu 7pm-11pm; Fri noon-midnight. Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha, Barsha (04 323 4333).
SHORTLISTED: Wise Kwai
Film-themed interiors and bright colours make this restaurant a fun spot for digging into authentic Thai cuisine.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-11pm. Dusit D2 Kenz Hotel, Al Khareef 1st street, Barsha Heights, Dubai (04 567 2247).