10 great Thai restaurants to try in Dubai
If you’re looking to explore the flavours of Thailand without actually leaving the country, then this is the list for you.
True to its name, Thiptara really is “magic at the water”, with some of the best views of the Dubai Fountain. This chic haunt located in the Palace Downtown Dubai features everything from steamed dim sum to buttery scallops to prawns to moresih chicken satays glazed in peanut sauce. They do, of course, also have a number of spicy curries and soups to try.
Where: The Palace Downtown Dubai
Contact: +971 4 888 3444, website
The venue’s all Thai staff, predominately wooden décor and general smell of lemon grass instantly transports guests to Southeast Asia. The menu reads “Royal Thai Cuisine” and that’s exactly what you get; imagine mouthwatering and generous quantities of roasted duck served with red curry (yum). Those avoiding meat will love their stir fired tofu with chili and holy basil leaves. The traditional sticky fried rice and the views of the Burj Khalifa aren’t bad either.
Where: Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai
Contact: +971 4 3174515, website
Sukhothai’s all-wood interiors and dark stained pillars resemble the central Thai provance that it’s named after. The menu represents Thailand in its truest form - fresh seafood and packed with mouthwatering spices - think dishes like tender lobster in red creamy curry flavoured with sweet basil and kaffir lime leaves topped with sliced red chili and coriander. However, there are a number of red meat dishes to try like the crispy marinated duck served with shallots glazed in tangy tamarind sauce.
Where: Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Contact: +971 4 2170000, website
When it comes to date nights, Pai Thai boasts all the ingredients needed for a romantic night out; it’s packed with flavour, adventure and stunning lagoon views. The venue that requires its guests to board an abra to get to it features all of Thailand’s infamous classics like green chicken curry, spring rolls and dim sum and more, much more. We recommend the stir-fried seafood served with spicy red chilli oyster sauce – it’s mildly spicy and oh so good.
Where: Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website
Mekong takes diners on a vibrant journey through the food of Vietnam, China and Thailand. Here, chicken satay or dim-sum and pad thai or crispy duck lovers can all dine in harmony. Aside from the food, the cool wall art and quirky keepsakes makes for a great Instagram shot.
Where: Anantara The Palm Dubai
Contact: +971 4 437 1699, website
Much like its name suggests, diners who opt for this Thai joint will be treated to a real spice treat. Aside from using what we’re guessing is some of the freshest produce in the market, all of the dishes are perfectly seasoned with the likes of cardamom, cumin and of course lemon grass.
Where: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi
Contact: +971 4 5117373, website
This little gem located in JLT’s Platinum Tower is usually bustling with office workers looking to grab their Thai curry fix before dashing back off to work. That said, it’s endless stir fry (they have everything from chicken to seafood to tofu to leafy green stir fry) and yellow curry have made it a favourite with the families in the area.
Where: Platinum Tower, Jumeriah Lake Towers, Cluster 1
Contact: +971 800 2264565, website
When you’re located in the tallest hotel in the world (the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai), you’re bound to attract a big crowd. But Tong Thai is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its delicious blend of Thai street food and fine-dining options. The venue features largepillars, majestic paintings and hand crafted woodwork, which makes for the perfect setting.
Where: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Contact: +971 4 414 3000, website
The Thai Kitchen
The menu features all your usual classics. And the best part is that it's excellent value for money (they have a number of daily offers and have a set sharing menu for AED250). The setting at the Park Hyatt is quite impressive too, with the outdoor area overlooking some seriously nice yachts.
Where: Park Hyatt Dubai
Contact: +971 4 602 1814, website
When it comes to family-friendly eateries, Royal Orchid should definitely be at the top of every Thai enthusiasts list. Its menu is keenly priced, features all of Thailand’s most popular dishes and it's very casual. It’s like taking the family on a trip to Thailand, only it’s much cheaper.
Where: Marina Walk, Dubai Marina
Contact: +971 4 367 4040, website