When you think of the cuisine on offer in the Arab city of Abu Dhabi, Thai food is unlikely to be one of your first thoughts. But the Southeast Asian country's gastronomic fare is becoming more and more popular all over the world, and there are even some hidden gems of Thai restaurants in the Middle East. Here we take a look at some of the best ones in Abu Dhabi.
1.Lemongrass Thai Restaurant
This is a classy Thai joint on the third floor of the Mushrif mall with friendly and efficient service. It features a number of classic dishes from the Land of Smiles, including Gaeng Keaw Wan, which is a sweet green curry. There are a number of staple but delicious everyday Thai dishes such as pad kapraow, a spicy stir fry garnished with holy basil, which really provides a unique taste experience. The menu even includes some refreshing Thai drinks such as homemade lemongrass tea and Thai milk tea.
Thai Express can be found in Al Wahda mall and Khalidiya mall, and the fact that it has two locations in the city highlights the popularity of this restaurant. The aim is to serve vibrant Thai food but also provide fast and efficient service. One of the best-loved dishes on the menu is Som Tam, which is a classic Thai salad made with Papaya. This fiery-hot dish can be bought on nearly every street in Bangkok, and eating it is almost like an addiction for Thai people. Finding a restaurant outside of the country that makes it to such high standards is somewhat of a rarity.
3.Benjarong – Dusit Thani
The Dusit Thani is one of the oldest and most iconic hotels in Bangkok, and the name has now spread all over the world. Inside the Abu Dhabi branch, there is the award-winning Benjarong restaurant, and this is arguably one of the finest Thai dining experiences available in the city. The chef's recommendation is the Wok Fried Chicken with Capsicums, Dried Chilli, and Cashew Nuts. It is absolutely heavenly, and made with the freshest ingredients. Once you've tried the food here, you'll be coming back for more.
Royal Orchid is another high-end Thai restaurant located in the Swanky Hilton Abu Dhabi. It is a seriously sophisticated establishment which offers the very best of Thai and Chinese cuisine. One of the favourites on the menu is Pad Thai, which isn't a hugely popular dish in Thailand, but is one that has travelled the world well. It's a noodle-based stir fry which is bursting with flavours from tamarind, peanuts, lime, fish sauce, and chilli flakes. When done right, it can be absolutely delightful.
If you want hip Asian fusion cuisine, check out Smoking Doll. The restaurant aims to bring the flavours of the Far East to the Middle East, and offers a range of Thai and Japanese-inspired dishes. Check out the Bangkok Tom Yum, a sweet, sour, and spicy classic which is overflowing with freshness and flavour.
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