Sukhothai Thai Cuisine - Le Meridien, Dubai
|Statues like this create a Thai atmosphere.|
|Intimate and warm|
On arriving at Sukhothai, I felt I was entering another time and spatial dimension. To say that the restaurant looks authentic is stating the obvious. But it needs to be said again. The restaurant is small, catering for around 50 guests. There is a romantic element about it, but also a charm that you will not find in more modern Thai interpretations. Wood dominates, bringing that historic feel but also warmth, fitting for such a cosy restaurant. The dim lighting too adds to the atmosphere.
With a menu that is only a few months old, I am indeed excited. To get the evening started, the in-house wine master in training offers a drink. An ice cold Singha beer would be the obvious choice for me, but he recommends a Riesling which would complement the spicy Thai food very well. Sounded logical to me. He brings me a Leon Beyer Riesling 2012. It is going to be good evening. No, a great evening.
South East Asian restaurants are often a challenge for kids who are part of a fast food culture where red and yellow packaging dominate, so I told my daughter that if she was not in the mood for Thai food, I would ask chef to make her something fun. But I soon noticed her going through the kids menu and promptly ordered. A credit to the restaurant to have a kids' menu that really speaks to kids. While she waited for her 'Bugs Bunny' beef satay (her starter) she was given a kids' colouring book and crayons. Again, nice to see this. I find that high end restaurants tend to overlook kids in this way. Not here.
A light appetizer or amuse bouche if you will, is served. A simple Pomelo salad that immediately tests the tastebuds - salty, sweet and sour. I enjoy the texture too of the pomelo itself and crunchy peanuts.
|Tik - you will be mesmerized by her performance.|
|The wonderful hammour|
|Prawn in red curry|
|Sticky rice and mango|
|A special reason to try Sukothai|
The low down
Le Meridien (Garoud)
+971 4 217 0000
Set menus from 239 Dhs net
Starters 29-75 Dhs
Curries 80-185 Dhs