South East Asian Theme Night - Urban Kitchen, Dusit Thani - Abu Dhabi
|Spacious layout at Urban Kitchen.|
|Beautiful Thai touches.|
I then explored the selection of food and was impressed. It really was a South East Asian affair: I saw massaman curry with lamb, lemongrass and tamarind chicken, nasi goreng of course, prepared by Indonesian chef Saripudin, beef randang, creamy Thai prawn curry, chicken with ginger, mixed Thai vegetable curry, Vietnamese deep fried whole fish and many other dishes which drove home the theme night. Wonderful.
On a previous visit to Urban Kitchen for their brunch, my attention was arrested by a chef with a slight figure, standing with her hands folded in front of her, looking around somewhat bewildered and awestruck. I spoke to her and learned that she had been in Abu Dhabi for 3 days, having just arrived from Thailand. I had no idea then what a pivotal role she would play on this night.
|A perfect dish, brimming with heart and soul.|
|The hands, a vehicle for the soul.|
I visited the dessert station afterwards and enjoyed some of the treats on offer - The onde onde dumplings were amazing, as was some of the fruit. However, the amazing dessert spread seemed incidental.This evening was about Chef Sarunya.
This is why I will go back to Urban Kitchen for its theme night. Yes, there is a general quality to the dishes. But people like Chef Sarunya who cook from the heart and imbue their dishes with spirit and love, make this a special venue. Give me the finest Loch fyne osyters with a bit of the rarest caviar, prepared with an unkind heart, and I will not return. Give me a simple Thai dish that speaks of family and home, prepared with an abundance of heart and feeling, and I will come back time and again. Invest in ingredients, and you have guests for a night; invest in people like Chef Sarunya, and you have guests forever. A memorable night it was. Memorable indeed.
Dusit Thani, Abu Dhabi
02 698 8888
South East Asian theme night
190 Dhs ++ incl soft drinks.