Thai food in Dubai. Mango Tree is an icon.

We had ‘brunch’ on a Friday recently at Mango Tree at the Souq Al Bahar – and it was Thai food done quite well. The brunch had a alcohol option, and my guest (visiting from New York) opted for a couple of beers to go along with the food. Although its called a buffet, it’s actually an all-you-can-eat off the menu, brought to your table kind of a buffet. Which is actually quite nice, because the food is done the way you may like it, is cooked fresh and served to your table, and you can order your favorites straight off the menu rather than rely on yesterday’s leftovers laid out in a self serve buffet.

There have been a lot of new Thai restaurants opening up in Dubai, but this one has been around for a while, and they mostly get Thai food right. The ambiance is casual-nice during the day, and bright enough to entertain during the nights.

On this visit (been there many times), the food was good. The mango salad and spring rolls as starters were delicious. My guest chose to have the baby squid with lime and garlic ; which he seemed to like a lot. For mains we shared the Pad Thani Goong and the stir fried chicken with cashew nuts. Both tasted authentic, and the quantities were generous. We had this with the jasmine rice, washed down with a couple of bottles of Chang. Overall AED245 is a bit pricey per person for a simple to-your-table-buffet, but if you do menu-a-la-carte ordering comparisons, you come out on top. And, then if you like, you have got a few tables with excellent views of the Fountains, and the food is quite OK. So, you do get your value for money. The whole experience is nothing amazing, but nothing to complain about either. The service when busy, is a tad slow, but that’s almost anywhere in Dubai. But the service is very friendly, they offer great advice, and its always with that smile you see in Thailand.

If you haven’t been to Mango Tree, it’s a bit of a Thai icon in Dubai, so you had better at least once check it out. And also because, the food is actually quite good.