BAM­BOO KITCHEN

Can it take on the city’s finest Thai restau­rants?

What's On (Dubai) - - CONSUME EAT // REVIEW -

o reach Bam­boo Kitchen, guests must hop into a golf cart from the lobby of Habtoor Grand Re­sort. You’ll race through the wind­ing path­ways of the re­sort, rem­i­nis­cent of a tuk tuk ride through Bangkok, which is fit­ting, con­sid­er­ing Bam­boo Kitchen is the ho­tel’s new Thai restau­rant.

The scent of lemon­grass and jas­mine wafts through the very Thai-in­spired en­trance, and just as we or­der our drinks, a tra­di­tional Thai per­for­mance be­gins. It’s a nice touch of en­ter­tain­ment that avoids

Tbe­ing tacky, and in­stead breaks up the time be­tween cour­ses. The menu is quite ex­ten­sive, but places em­pha­sis on shar­ing fam­ily style. If you find the menu con­fus­ing, the staff are more than happy to help you.

If you plan on learn­ing any Thai be­fore you visit, make it th­ese: Nue Prik Thai Dam (Dhs75), Kaeng Ped Yang (Dhs75), Poh Pia Ped (Dhs75), Pad Pak Choi (Dhs35) and Pad Thai Goong Sod Hor Khai (Dhs75). Or­der that lit­tle lot and you’ll have a ta­ble of dishes in­clud­ing black pep­per beef, roast duck in red curry, shred­ded duck crêpes, stir fried bok choi, and one of the tasti­est pad Thai’s out­side of Thai­land. The roast duck in red curry was an­other high­light – a knock­out com­bi­na­tion of rich flavours with just enough kick to make you sit up and take no­tice.

We fin­ished the meal with a choco­late brownie topped with av­o­cado ice cream – a dessert that pretty much summed up the en­tire meal: a clas­sic take on Thai cui­sine, with enough of a de­light­ful twist to make us come back for more.

Grand Re­sort, Dubai Ma­rina, Dubai, daily 12.30pm to 3.30pm, 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 3995000. Taxi: Habtoor Grand. habtoor­grand­din­ing.com

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