Tasty Thai @ Fuchsia, Bay Square

There’s no other dates I love than ones that involve catching up with a friend over delicious food. That’s exactly what we did at Fuchsia, a funky Thai joint in the middle of Bay Square.

Once you find building C you can take the elevator to Podium level where you’ll see Fuchsia right in front of you.


The restaurant has a lot of outdoor and indoor seating but due to it being in a business tower tends to be a little quieter on the weekends.

Due to the humidity we take a seat inside under the table with the brightest lights and glaze our eyes over the menu. It includes a monthly special menu which has some tantiliaing options including a lamb shank curry which we later order.


To quench my thirst I opt for the fresh coconut water which comes complete with a straw and a spoon for eating the flesh after the drink is finished. I like how they are already planning ahead. 😏


Our server for the evening assists us in choosing our appetizers, recommending the prawn cakes, the lemongrass chicken wings, the papaya salad and some dim sums. Prawn hargao is one of my all time favorites so I insisted that we try them and we weren’t disappointed. I could tell by the freshness that they were made in house and not just store bought frozen variety as I’ve tasted in other places.


Personally I thought the chicken wings were a little chewy but the seasoning was good. The prawn papaya salad had a nice kick thanks to the fresh chili slices but was light enough to eat a lot of. The prawn cakes were so compact and nothing like I was expecting. I think I’m more used to prawn toast.

As mentioned earlier for mains we opted for the monthly special, a very tender and very hearty lamb shank curry in a red sauce with chunks of potato and a side of brown rice which is actually black wild rice which looks purple. It comes served a little sticky which I love. 💜


We also tried the stir fry scallops which come served with a heap of veggies and scallops that are cut up rather than served whole, as well as a pad Thai which we ordered as chicken but gets served as prawn instead, both of which are so spicy for me I can feel steam coming out of my ears like in the cartoons.

My favorite main though was the lamb chops, which come topped with Thai herbs and spices and potatoes wedges which have a citrus kick which make my mouth water. Such a delectable dish and one I’d order again.

Too full for any dessert we sit and relax and let our food digest before moving on. I can now understand why Fuchsia is already a favorite amongst friends who live in the Business Bay Area.


Luckily for me there’s a branch in Barsha should I need my Thai fix.

Phone: 04 453 5403
Fuchsia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Have you tried Zengo’s revamped pan-asian menu?

Make no mistake, Zengo is located in Le Royal Meridien and not Meridien Mina Seyahi. Also note, there is a separate parking area for direct access to Zengo. Don’t put the car in valet unless you wish to take a short stroll through the hotel grounds to find it.

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Zengo is probably the biggest Pan Asian restaurant I’ve stepped foot in. Spread out over an indoor and outside dining area with separate bars, 3 of them to be exact. One end houses the sushi bar and grill whilst the middle is a long bar with opposite being the resident DJ who mixes house tunes all evening.

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The furnishings are sleek and detailed with the overall ambiance inviting. The outdoor bar is impressive although the yellow lighting over the outdoor dining table which overlooks the beach, sounds great but it reality wasn’t great for photos so we chose to sit inside at a semi circle booth.

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The food menu is one single page covering Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine which is a new directive created by Chinese Chef Lieu back in September.

The raw dishes are executed and presented beautifully. The fresh seafood tasted divine. I can highly recommend trying the Suzuki aka the seabass sashimi.

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The dumplings I found to be quite average. Not a lot of flavor at all. I’ve tasted better dumplings at Din Tai Fung. The duck pancakes was a strange combination of flavors and textures, not a dish I’d order again.

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I wasn’t fond of the  grilled seafood, as it wasn’t juicy, perhaps a little overcooked as it was powdery in texture.

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The popular main dish is the coconut chicken and I can see why, char grilled sliced pieces of juicy chicken on a bed of coconut sauce with a generous garnishing of green herbs. Delish!

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Our waitress Madina was like our best friend. Chatting away and answering all of our questions without hesitation and also feeding back our thoughts to the chef.

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The drink list is extensive and impressive. I immensely enjoyed the Italian wine. I could of easily knocked back a bottle to myself.

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Ladies Night @ Zengo 7-12pm every Tuesday 3 free drinks and 50% off food

The restaurant was quiet when we dined on a Wednesday night. My guess it would be hard to fill considering the size. I’ve been told the Ladies Night gets quite busy though so it’s best to make a reservation.

Next time I visit I’ll definitely re-order the Thai food and the raw fish.

Call for reservations 043995555

Zengo - Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Modern Thai Cuisine @ Busaba Eathai

If you’ve been to the U.K or more specifically London you might of seen one of the 16 branches of Busaba Eathai. Dubai is lucky enough to have it’s own branch situated at JBR with an al fresco dining rooftop boasting view of JBR beach.

This casual dining establishment, has in fact two levels with the ground floor looking into the semi open style kitchen. Upon entering you will notice a buddha statue behind the reception desk and the calming scent of burning incense, almost like you’ve stepped into a Thai massage centre. The dimmed lights and dark wood add to the setting.

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Chilli prawn – A Busaba All Time Favorite

Upstairs inside is a sharing table concept with wooden benches for seating. This is where we spent the evening sampling some  of Busaba’s classics as well as some new addition menu items.

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The classic Phad Thai with prawns

Being close to home, I’ve visited Busaba before so already have my personal favorites (which funnily enough are also the Busbaba all time favorites) including the Goong Tohd, a golden breaded butterfly prawn deep fried to perfection served with a to die for chilli and lime dipping sauce. So good, I could drink this from the saucer if no was was watching.

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Not to mention the Thai Calamari which is such a popular dish in London that they literally sell it by the tonnes every year! I love the seasoning so much that when I dine in, I make sure to ask for extra. #protip

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The Yum Sam Som salad made of pomelo and blood orange is so light and fresh with a sharp kick of red chilli. If you can handle spice then you’ll love this dish.

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From the new menu we tried…

  • The duck buns. A bit too doughy and filling for my liking and the bun to filling ratio was a little off.img_4530
  • I’m not a huge mushroom fan but the Tom Kha Mushroom soup, well the broth that I tried was excellent, not too thick but creamy thanks to the coconut milk.img_4535
  • In addition to the starters they have added 3 new grilled items including lamb chops, beef ribs and humungous king sized prawns. All 3 were excellent but if I had to choose a favorite I’d say the lamp chops as they were succulent and juicy bursting with so much flavor.
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The brilliant part about Busaba is they always use the freshest ingredients to create the most flavorsome tasting dishes. Plus Umit the restaurant manager and his staff are always provide fantastic customer service.

Busaba is the perfect casual dining restaurant within walking distance from the beach. Bookings not essential.

Want to try Busaba Eathai at home? Download the Deliveroo app & use code sarahn for 50AED credit. Or click this link https://roo.it/sarahn

Busaba Eathai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hypnothaised @ Thiptara

Hypnothai brunch at Thiptara located inside the Palace Downtown is new to the brunch scene having only launched a few weeks earlier.IMG_4929IMG_4931Surrounded by water of the Dubai Fountains and most famously the Burj Khalifa the location is second to none. Some might even say it’s hypno-THAI-sing. 😛IMG_4938IMG_4952The resident DJ set’s the vibe for the day spinning house tunes all afternoon whilst the staff were a little MIA in terms of showing guests what’s on offer.

There’s around 40 of us dining as a big group courtesy of Zomato for another #ZomatoMeetup. Taking this into consideration the staff numbers should of matched the guest ratio. The food on offer is in just the one room and is Thai cuisine only.IMG_4933We start with a range of appetizers including scallops, chicken satay and dim sum as well as a fragrant chicken and coconut soup.

IMG_5010IMG_5007IMG_4973There’s also a range of Thai salads, some of which are made to order by the staff using fresh ingredients.

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Mains consisted of stir fry wagyu beef, green chicken curry and wok fried Canadian lobster, served with an endless offering of Jasmine steamed rice and a side of Phad Se Eiw Gai and some mixed stir fry vegetablesThe beef, chicken and lobster dishes were all executed very well with the juicy lobster pieces being my favorite in a black pepper and onion sauce. The Phad Se Eiw Gai was perfectly sticky however I didn’t like the sauce they used as it was too bland for my palette. I would of liked to of seen a Pad Thai option as well.

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There’s no denying the food quality is of a high standard, if only they had the service to match. I found throughout the duration of brunch there was a massive gap of at least a metre wide where no food was being put on our table. It was concentrated at the ends of the table which meant we (my friend and I) were missing out on trying some of the dishes. I had to ask and order this separately just so we could try some of them.

The Thai desserts were impressive both visually and taste wise with the highlight being the Khao Neaw Mamueng aka Mango sticky rice. There was also a lot of exotic Thai fruits on offer.

I’d love to go back again in a smaller group so I could taste the things I missed as even though the spread looks quite small there is quite a lot on offer. If you’re a Thai fan then you would definitely enjoy it.

Hypothai is a very affordable brunch at just 260dhs with soft beverages, 320dhs with house beverages and 390dhs with the bubbly package. Being a new brunch, I’ll let the service slide this time round and hopefully on my next visit it’s vastly improved.

Location: Palace Downtown

Dress code: Smart casual

Reservations are essential – call 04 2753077

Thiptara Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Authentic Thai in Dubai

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I was invited to dine at Zen restaurant so I rounded up a few friends and off we went to Business Bay. Located in the Metropolis Tower, Zen is an asian restaurant specialising in Thai food and a hole in the wall style restaurant with limited seating.

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Zen has been in Dubai for a long time and the owner has established a popular client base. Their take-away/delivery service is very popular with regular customers calling in and the owner casually calling them by name and asking if they’d like their regular dish. (“,)
On this occasion I prefer to let the owner suggest what we should eat, especially since he grew up in Thailand and speaks fluent Thai; impressive!

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STARTERS:
Khanompang na going: A sesame prawn toast which is delicate and scrumptious. We loved the fact you could actually see the prawns which is never usually the case for other asian restaurants as it’s too processed. Comes with a sweet chill sauce on the side. (Recommended)
BBQ half boneless chicken: Tasty and cooked well. Accompanies the Sticky Rice & Som-tam Salad: A spicy papaya salad with a nice kick to it, whilst remaining light & fresh.
Steamed chicken dumplings: Made fresh – in house. Delectable!
Salt & Pepper Prawns: A nice light & crispy batter with the perfect seasoning of salt & pepper.
Tom Yum Soup: So much flavour! My friend enjoyed it thoroughly and she is a big Tom Yum fan. The perfect blend of citrus and spice. One of the best in Dubai!

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MAINS:
Pad Kra-pao: Minced chicken & basil with a hint of heat.
Gang Khiew Wan: A fragrant green chicken curry with ample slices of chicken
Khao Pad: Thai style fried rice. Light & fluffy rice. We had it with prawns.
Pad Se Yu: MY ALL TIME FAVORITE DISH & Zen did it justice. Soft, sticky flat rice noodles with chicken & veg. Mmmm.
We also had two Chinese dishes.
Beef in black pepper sauce: Tender beef pieces in a light pepper sauce.
Crispy shredded beef with sweet soy sauce: This was a FAVOURITE and a dish I like to cook at home. The beef coating was super crispy with a flavourful sweet and soy sauce.

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And last but not least, the desserts.
DESSERTS
Sticky rice with sweet mango: A traditional dessert which impressed my friends. The mango had just arrived from Thailand that day and was super sweet, with the warm and sticky rice, this dessert was a winner!

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Tap tim crob: It’s also a traditional Thai dessert made with coconut milk, water chestnuts and jackfruit. Light and refreshing and a lovely ending to our meal.

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You can tell each and every dish we tried was made with love and how passionate the owner is about delivering quality food with quality ingredients straight from Thailand to provide some of the most authentic tasting Thai food in Dubai.
If you haven’t tried Zen yet, you are missing out.

Zen Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato