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“Nice Thai food & view”

Royal Orchid Restaurant
Ranked #1,403 of 9,567 Restaurants in Dubai
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: The Marina
dubai
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“Nice Thai food & view”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

My wife & I were entertaining 2 couples last Friday, in total we were 6. I chose the Festival city royal orchid as everyone loved Thai food. I booked a table in advance overlooking the Festival City Marina.

The view was very nice and was enhanced by the laser and water show that comes with fire and music as well!! The food was just great, we started with a green papaya salad that was missing the dry shrimp but nevertheless was absolutely out of this world. Another real good salad was the glass noodle seafood salad, the seafood was very fresh and featured shrimps, calamary rings and meaty slices of squid. It was much milder than the authentic recipe, but real yummy. The third appetizer was a freshly steamed dim sum filled with minced duck meat and hoi sin sauce,juicy and yummy nad just melts in your mouth.
The main dishes were
* deep fried hamour fillet with sweet chili sauce and crispy fried basil: out of this world!
* duck with orange sauce: not really a Thai dish but a must for duck lovers, sorry Daffy!
* Basil and seafood fried rice: real yummy
* Phad Thai: though different than all recipes I know, it was a real treat.
* Jumbo shrimp with chili black bean sauce: The shrimp was fresh nad really huge (size of small lobster) bu a bit dry, so was the sauce. though tasted good but it was the least interesting of all dishes.
Finally the dessert: unfortunately they were out of sticky rice with mango, the signature Thai dessert, so we settled with banana fritters with ice cream and honey noodles. the honey noodles were nice, but the fritters were yummy, crispy toffee and sesame laden crust with juicy banana on hte inside and vanilla ice cream to add adifferent twist.

All-in-all a really good experience. The service was a bit relaxed, so if you are used to Thai - style service, you might be a bit disappointed, but not too much.

  • Visited December 2012
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Cambridge, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Food was like expected but service is neutral”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

We have been tothisplace with the family and had a couple of dishes including shrimps with lemon,herbs, and butter.This dish was very very good. The serving time was quick,however I didnt like 2 things which are the waiters dont smile or greet you when you come in and the outside tables look nice but arent clean. I think I would come again but will only sit inside.

  • Visited December 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Good food - service to be improved”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

We had a dinner out with some friends in Festival City Branch. The general atmosphere was nice and we enjoyed eating al fresco.
The food was good with a good variety. Delivery time was also ok.
The service is the only thing to be improved. the waiter who attended us seemed to know little about each dish. We have asked for a grilled shrimps plate and she just told us that it will take long time to be prepared. We asked how long and then she could not answer, she just said that their grill machine (barbecue ?) was not working properly.
Anyhow, we prefered to have grilled stuff, but at the end the food that we ordered was also tasty.

  • Visited December 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Worst Service, Bad Food at Festival City Branch”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

Other than the Dubai skyline sunset view of its outdoor setting, all else fail on this restaurant at Festival City.

The terrible service:
1. waiter when approached did not greet us but blurted first few words that his area is a smoking then we subsequently went to the other "non-smoking" side.
2. waiters working looks lazy and weak, no energy to work at all. they are more happy to talk loudly with fellow colleagues which is very irritating to overhear their personal issues rather than whats happening in their restaurant.
3. aside from few questions about order, they dont even ask if its fine to take non-empty plates.

The worst food.
1. hair on the orange fruit on one drink and sugar loaded on the other.
2. Main dish was tooooooo salty,

Try somewhere else if you're in Festival City

  • Visited November 2012
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Great food, with sufficient variety!”
Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Festival City, and did not wish to travel too far Thai food. We were really please with the outdoor seating layout as you had these traditional orientalise cabins which provide a good view of the Marina! Food choice was great, very impressed with the Wok options which suited us Veggies! The service was quick and efficient but this is not the most happening part of Dubai, so don't expect a huge crowd. Price wise this was reasonable and what I would expect to pay for a restaurant of this calibre! Highly recommend this your not too far from Festival City!

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