I came across this restaurant one evening, I think my eyes were hungry, I saw a large dark pink hoarding that said something like ‘Urban Thai’. Another Massage Parlour I thought, but then realized it was an Eaterie!
Fab! But then the cynic took over, thinking hmm…..will the Pad Thai be orangey in colour and will all the dishes taste roughly the same without an ounce of real Thai flavor; as happens too often in Dubai.
But a family meal banished all such thoughts.
A real neighbourhood café serving authentic Thai food cooked by Thai chefs in a light, airy space that’s not part of a mall or hotel, gorgeous food, well priced. What’s not to like?
Here’s what you need to know:
It’s actually in the TECOM/Greens area of Dubai, there is a large Geant on the road towards the Greens from Hessa Street on your right once you turned towards the Greens (roughly) The building itself is called ‘The Two Towers’ building in Tecom, but I didn’t see any evidence of this name, look for the Geant or the pink hoarding of Fuschia itself. Helpfully there is valet parking.
Relaxed, airy café vibe, modern with clean lines without being too bright and brash. Fine for families, but great for any age really, if it’s good food you’re after. The restaurant is on one level; the ground floor.
Delicious, fresh and authentic – so far! We opted for staples like Papaya salad, red prawn curry and pad Thai. It was tasty with sensible portions and we loved the fish cakes too. A good sign of an authentic Thai restaurant is reflected by whether they serve Morning Glory, a kind of Thai water spinach; they do it very well here, order it and tell me what you think.
Under Dhs 300 for 5 people, nothing more needs to be said on that score.
Try the Al Ain (local) sparkling water, really good value at Dhs 16.00 for a large bottle, so refreshing with spicy food, thank goodness for locally produced sparkling water!
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