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A Regal affair at The Royal Orchid

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Dec 01 2017
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The Royal Orchid

Downtown Dubai

RESTAURANT REVIEW



 

 

Thursday evening my wife suggested “let us try Thai cuisine this week”. Zomatoing around and asking for recommendations with close friends we came across a name ‘The Royal Orchid’ Downtown Dubai. Shaved and showered it was now time to shine. We reached ‘Royal Orchid’ with real high expectations. The menu boasted of a unique culinary experience for discerning palates with three of the most popular far eastern cuisines – Thai, Chinese and Mongolian. We were greeted by their smiling and pleasant manager Subhash. We requested to be seated outside since I was planning to blow some sheesha smoke. The outside sitting area looks pretty cozy and comfortable ( perfect for Dubai winters). The busy street and lit up trees  keep you entertained while you wait for your order to arrive, which was real quick inspite of the restaurant being fairly full.

 

 

 

 

Our smiling waitress Maricha, brought the menu and served a bowl of prawn crackers. These were brilliant, crispy chips with a fishy aftertaste and seafood aroma.

We ordered for the pan sheesha which is a huge favourite here.

To start off the gastronomical adventure for the evening we first called for mocktails. The wife decieded to go for fresh orange juice, while I ordered the melon, mint lemonade. Both of these were refreshing and set the mood for the evening.

Chugging on my hookah, I ordered the soup (one by two) ‘Tom Kha’ Chicken. An aromatic soup with a coconut milk base and succulent pieces of chicken blended with the right ticking spices and lemongrass.

 

The salads arrived ‘Thai Papaya salad’ and the mixed seafood salad. I highly recommend both of these. The thai papaya is sour and sweet flavoured along with peanuts. While the mixed seafood salad is simply divine.

For the main course we ordered Chicken and basil dimsums, stir fried chicken with chilli, bamboo shoots and sweet basil ( Kai Prik Sod) on a bed of mashed potatoes and the crispy Hammour fillet in a spicy, tangy thai sauce ( pla rad prik).

The fish was soft, buttery and full of seadoof goodness. We also ordered for the sticky rice, which is my favourite everytime I tour thailand. The sticky rice was well cooked to perfection and the portion size of all the dishes were good. The pricing is a little on the higher side but then this is fine dining we are talking about.

 

i will rate this place a full 5 stars as it met all my expectations. The service was exceptionally great, The coal in the hookah was changed frequently without me having to call for someone to do it. The food presentation was splendid and artistic. It was truly a meal fit  for the royals. I aksed Subash to introduce me to the chefs ( they have two chefs ) as I wanted to thank them for the effort they had put in my meal. The inside section of the restaurant is exqusitely decorated with an oriental feel. All in all both of us had a regal experience here. We walked out as I put a reminder in my food notes to mark the Royal Orchid as one of top favourites.

with the chefs Chef Vitug and Chef Sandup

with the asst manager Subhash

with the lovely waitress Maricha


 

 

 

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