Finding the restaurant tucked away behind Le Méridien was not easy. However, stepping into Sukhothai after being greeted by a “Sawadika” and a polite bow is quite an experience. The dark rich décor, the authentic wooden paneling and the candle-lit gold tinted atmosphere of the restaurant- all set the tone for the rest of the evening.
We were led to a quite table and offered cold towels (very welcome after the heat outside). We were then offered 2 choices of menu- the traditional one… and an ipad. Opting for the ipad was an excellent idea, as we were able to view pictures of each dish along with a little description. None of the appetizers caught our fancy (too calorie ridden and we figured we’d save that for the main course), so we decided to skip. DH ordered his favorite Thai dish “Gai Phad Med Mamuang” meaning stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts, onion, capsicum, baby corn and dried chili. Then, based on the very helpful waiter’s recommendation, I chose a mildly spiced “Gaeng Khiao Warn Gai Rue Nuea” which is basically a green curry of chicken or beef (in my case beef) with coconut palm heart and Thai eggplants, flavored with sweet basil. We also ordered a coconut – well its juice to be more precise.
A light amuse-bouche of chicken salad was served. Our mains came surprisingly quickly, and were wonderfully fragrant and piping hot. Mine was even served on a candle heated base which ensured it remained deliciously warm until the last bite. We’d planned on sharing, but other than a bite of the other’s dish, each of us stuck to his own as we loved the flavors so much. The chicken stir fry was an explosion of sweet, sour and spicy- each vying for your attention. The Green Curry was exquisite- the beef tender and the curry’s flavors complementing each other perfectly. Steamed Jasmine Rice was a flattering accompaniment to both dishes.
As the plates’ load lightened we realized that a live performer had begun playing Thai instruments. It looked and sounded authentic, and wasn’t intrusive -like lively spa music- and conversations around us kept flowing.
We decided to skip dessert (we’d had enough calories for the day), and asked for the bill. It came to 250 AED (a pretty reasonable 180 AED using the Entertainer voucher). The coconut and water alone cost a third of the bill @ 60 AED- ouch! (Price Breakdown: Green Curry @ 80, Chicken Stir Fry @ 70 (taken off bill using voucher), Jasmine Rice for 2 @ 40, Coconut @ 32 and Water @28)
We settled the bill and got lovely steaming hot towels. Then out we headed leaving the hushed Thai interiors- back into busy Dubai…
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