It’s hard to beat a good Thai curry but over the last year in the UAE our Thai-food intake has drastically declined. There are lots of fantastic food choices here in our corner the Middle East but we’ve struggled to find a stand-out Thai option – that is, until now.
We were invited to join the team at Busaba to sample their new menu and when we read that they served amazingly authentic dishes in a location that people travel the world to visit, it was an easy decision; my friend Tracey and I booked in a girls night!
Jumeirah Beach Residence (known locally as JBR) is a 1.7km stretch of prime waterfront in Dubai. It plays host to a huge collection of high-end restaurants, cafes, retail shops, entertainment offerings and beautiful beaches.
Not far from the world-famous Palm, a visit to this part of Dubai feels totally surreal – sometimes it’s hard to believe that we actually live here, where a visit to a breath-taking spot like JBR can happen with such ease (and on a school night, no less!)
Busaba itself is located on the Southern end of JBR, just back from the water. The restaurant is tastefully furnished and the combination of aromatic curry and incense drifts through the air, inviting you inside.
Throughout the evening we were treated to plate after plate of delicious Thai food – perfectly cooked seafood (so I’m told, I must admit I don’t generally eat seafood myself), tender lamb chops ( a real surprised in a Thai restaurant), the most amazing pad Thai. Everything was fresh, perfectly seasoned and served hot from the kitchen. I’m not sure who’s working their magic back there but they certainly do a good job, paying attention to every little detail.
The surprise of the night for me came in the form of a vegetarian dish. Everything was delicious but those of you that know me well, know that I would never generally order the veggie option; the aromatic pumpkin curry was one worth writing home about though! Served with coconut rice (seriously, they think about every little detail), I could have happily munched away on it all night.
After feasting on what was easily the best Thai food I’ve had in the UAE, we finished up the meal with a personal favourite of mine – mango sticky rice. After learning to make it in Chiang Mai and standing amongst the hustle and bustle of Khao San Road in Bangkok whilst enjoying this Thair dessert treat, whenever I eat it, I’m transported right back there.
So, after driving for an hour to Dubai, was it worth making the trip? It certainly was!
If you’re looking for tasty Thai food, generous portions, a sophisticated but unpretentious environment in one of the most striking parts of Dubai, be sure to check out Busaba Eathai.
PS: Don’t forget to have your parking validated after dinner too – that way you’ll get three hours of parking for free.