The Thai Kitchen Dubai Review: “there’s life in the old girl yet”
The Thai Kitchen has been a staple on the Dubai food scene for what feels like ages.
Known for its authentic Thai cuisine sent out with the punctuality and service a property like The Park Hyatt is known for, it has a special place in the hearts of both long-term Dubai expats (who still remember regular visits when it opened back in 2005) and newcomers alike.
But Dubai seems to have shifted slightly, and the Creek is no longer the culinary epicentre that it once was. Throw in the fact that approximately one gazillion new restaurants now exist, and competition for diners has never been so fierce.
So with that in mind, has The Thai Kitchen still got it?
Thai Kitchen Dubai: What’s the vibe?
The Thai Kitchen boasts two main areas. On the inside, you get a modern-looking dining room, complete with glass kitchen islands letting you see the chefs inside. And on the outside, a palm-filled garden with stunning views over the Creek’s marina.
In the cooler months, you’ll be hard-pressed to find many sitting inside. Park Hyatt is known for its position alongside the water, and The Thai Kitchen certainly makes the most of it.
Pick a table closer to the trees (and away from the slightly annoying bass-thud of neighbouring Noepe bar), and you could be just about anywhere.
Thai Kitchen Dubai: How’s the food?
The Thai Kitchen’s menu has gone through several iterations over the last couple of years, from the straight-outta-Thailand traditional to the slightly more inventive. It’s not that the food changes very much - all the staples are present and correct - more how it gets plated.
Fortunately, The Thai Kitchen is currently celebrating authenticity – and it’s all the better for it. The primarily Thai team (always a good sign) under the leadership of Chef Pharita don’t do things by halves; steamed fish is served whole, and on the bone, curries come in thick ceramic bowls, and everything is plated straight-out-the-wok.
Ultimately, when food is this fresh, who cares about finesse?
Portions are a tad on the smaller side (no bad thing, as it means you can load up on more dishes) but be warned; plates come out of the kitchen when ready. So to save yourself having to eat a whole lot very quickly, hold off from ordering mains until after the starters arrive.
Thai Kitchen Dubai: The verdict?
The Thai Kitchen is one of the few restaurants in Dubai that has stood the test of time and isn’t torn down every few years to be replaced by an entirely new concept. It’s easy to see why.
The restaurant has an honest identity. It does what it does – serve lovely Thai Food in a fantastic setting - no more, no less. And it’s all the better for it.
Thai Kitchen Dubai: Where is it?
The Thai Kitchen is located at The Park Hyatt Dubai