Shang Thai

Affordable Thai food on Sheikh Zayed Road

Time Out Says

Well prepared and affordable Thai favourites make this a good dining option.

Walking into Shang Thai, we were met with a bright and warm ‘sawadee ka’ (‘welcome’ in Thai), and led to our seats. Equally bright and welcoming was the space, decorated in soft jade green and dark wood, divided between a mix of secluded wood-clad booths and classic dining tables. We visited on a Friday evening, and noted that although not full, the restaurant was reasonably busy, with a variety of nationalities, and including a few families with small children.

Refreshingly some (if not all) of the waitresses were Thai. Our waitress was friendly and had a decent knowledge of the dishes on the menu. Also refreshing were the intriguing mocktails on offer. I tried a lovely lemongrass and ginger packed drink and my friend enjoyed a grown-up frozen slushy made with sweetly sharp and floral orange.

To start, we ordered the goong chop pang thod (prawn tempura), ka nom jeeb gai (steamed chicken dumplings) and larb gai (Thai chicken salad). The tempura had a excellent, light and crunchy texture. The dumplings looked delicate and attractive, the chicken mince filling was juicy and moist and the dumpling wrapper shell was neatly folded and had a chewy freshness that suggested they were made fresh and in house. My friend did not enjoy the larb gai salad, primarily because it was too salty, however, I did still enjoy the fresh contrast of raw onion and mint leaves with a touch of chilli and a hint of citrus.

The phad see iew noodles, which we opted to have with beef, were excellent. The beef slices were exceptionally tender (in a manner that can be an absolute rarity in this style of dish), and the dressing had a sweet, tangy and soy fullness to it. The rice noodles themselves tasted good, but were not the thick phad see iew variety I had expected. We had asked for the Thai red curry to be made to a medium spice level for us, which it successfully was and as a result the complex flavour and coconut sweetness shone through deliciously. We also tried a portion of sticky rice, which it was a delight to see on the menu, especially when served in the traditional bamboo basket in which it is steamed.

I have no bones to pick with Shang Thai, except that the white fish on the menu is hammour. Beyond that, there is plenty of choice on the menu, including items that are unexpected and consequently welcome. The prices are highly affordable as well.

The bill (for two)
1x chicken dumplings Dhs34
1x prawn tempura Dhs38
1x chicken red curry Dhs38
1x pad see iew Dhs42
1x sticky rice Dhs16
2x mocktails Dhs44
1x large water Dhs12
Total (excluding service) Dhs262

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 04 Jun 2013

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
CuisinesAsian, Thai
Dress CodeCasuals
Show number +971 4 380 5408
Dubai, Al Safa, Al Safa 1, Sheikh Zayed Road

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