There’s something addictive about Thai cuisine. Pai Thai, Kang Liang Goong Sod (Thai spicy mixed vegetables), and spicy Ginger Chicken, these plates are some of my favorites. Often simple concoctions laden with zesty spices, the incredible tastes of these dishes has me returning time and again to indulge in the culinary masterwork of Thai delicacies. Dubai has quite a few Thai restaurants, but if you’re going to go Thai, you need to go for the best. Here are the top five Thai restaurants in Dubai.
1 Mango Tree
With gorgeous views onto the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain, we'd tell you to try Mango Tree just for the views but the cuisine is equally good. Take a look on the menu and feel your mouth water as you read the enticing descriptions of delicious dishes complete with interesting background info. Juicy coconut curries, tropical papaya salad, piquant satay, and yummy panangs, these are all plates to try. If you can't decide, then opt for the mixed platter and indulge in countless specialties. One of the best restaurants for ambiance, service and cuisine in town.
Thiptara in Thai means "the magic at the water." As its name refers, this elegant restaurant is situated in the heart of the Old Town overlooking the pool of the Palace Hotel. Such a magical and romantic ambiance is coupled with delicious Thai cuisine. Particularly delicious is the Bangkok style seafood and the khao niew mamaung (mango and sticky rice). A superbly serene setting with a spectacular menu, you couldn't ask for more.
3 Thai Kitchen
One of Dubai's most acclaimed Thai restaurants, the menu at Thai Kitchen in the Park Hyatt will certainly do nothing less than impress. The ambiance is calm and relaxed except for the view of the open kitchen which is a vibrant display of busy chefs preparing zesty Thai plates. All servings are small enough for you to indulge fully in a few different specialties while satiating your Thai cravings for unique and exotic flavors. Try the shrimp toast with sesame, the roast duck spicy curry, basil and prawns in pandan leaves, and the braised duck noodle soup among others. Service is not always top notch but the food makes up for it.
4 Pai Thai
Romantic al fresco dining with delicious Thai cuisine set in the luxurious Al Qasri hotel makes Pai Thai a must for all Thai food aficionados. Guests can take a boat or a buggy courtesy of the Madinat Jumeirah to reach the restaurant. Once there, you'll see that Pai Thai is quite a snazzy spot. Luxurious exotic interiors of wooden varnished floors wicker chairs and mats with dim lighting, the restaurant is a marvel to be in and fortunately the food does match the elegant surroundings. All preparations are fresh and light and are full of exotic herbs and spices incorporating the most common Thai tastes of chili, lemongrass, garlic, Thai coriander, and coconut milk. A top notch Thai food joint, you pay for the experience but get five-star service.
A calm and classy escape from the bustling stores in the Lamcy Plaza, Lemongrass offers delicious Thai cuisine for those who journey to the Oud Metha district. A wonderful aroma of exotic spices greets you as you walk in the door. Take a look at the menu and your imagination will soar. Seafood is predominant on the menu so get ready for lots of curry variations with shrimp, prawns, squid and the like. Chu Chi is a signature dish and a must-try; it is prepared with huge tiger prawns on lemongrass stalk in a creamy red curry sauce. The quality of Lemongrass is worth the distance.