The Palace is an iconic 5 Star luxury hotel in the heart of Downtown Dubai. Location is everything and I assure you a visit to the Palace will never disappoint. The views of the Burj Khalifa really don’t get much better!
Over the years I have visited the Palace on numerous occasions when friends and family are in town. They always ask me where I take this #MyDubai shot that encapsulates Dubai perfectly. With the Arabian themes and charm of a Middle Eastern Palace set against the backdrop of the magnificent futuristic Burj Khalifa everyone flocks here to take this iconic shot in this beautiful oasis. It really is a view like no other!
You can usually find me enjoying Afternoon Tea at the Palace but today we decided to try something different…
We headed to Thiptara for a taste of Thai here in Dubai. I had heard a lot of good things about this multiple award winning restaurant and the reviews on Tripadvisor are amazing. When I heard that they had started a brunch I knew I just had to check it out!
Let me first begin with the great range of mocktails that we thoroughly enjoyed throughout the brunch. My personal favourite was the thyme milk tea. As a big fan of pearl milk tea I was very impressed with Thiptara’s creation.
Eddy opted for the Coco Gluey – a mixture of banana, coconut syrup, cream and milk. I decided on the Chompoo – a combination of apple juice, orange juice, ginger, strawberry and ginger ale. It was the perfect mix of flavours. Remember drinks during the brunch are unlimited so enjoy!
How incredible is the decor! I really loved the ambiance, I felt like I had been transported right back to Bangkok. The restaurant is divided into different areas which makes it feel nice and cozy. Ask for a coveted table window to enjoy the endless blues of the Burj lake while dining.
We were first presented with some classic prawn crackers, this time with a twist. Instead of the usual sweet chilli sauce they were instead accompanied with a fantastic peanut sauce that we couldn’t get enough of!!
The beautifully presented appetisers were brought out promptly and consisted of:
- Som Tum Thai – a green papaya salad. I didn’t even realise that I liked papaya until I tried this. Tangy and delicious!!
- Avocado salad mixed with Thai chilli sauce – a classic that you can never go wrong with.
- Yum Talay – a mixed seafood salad including mussels, scallops and prawns in a tasty lemon dressing. If you have ever dined with me you would realise that I love all things lemon. I have it with everything! In water, tea, over fish, salads, noodles, rice and sometimes even over bread. I know it’s strange but I am thoroughly obsessed. So of course this dish suited me perfectly and was a stand out for me.
After enjoying the cold appetisers we were brought out the hot appetisers which consisted of a lovely selection of chicken thigh skewers, vegetable spring rolls, crab cakes and wontons. Yum!
The Tom Yum Pla salmon soup was a particular highlight for me as salmon is my favourite fish. Traditionally a very spicy dish, Head Chef Thani can accommodate to whichever spice level you desire. We asked for mild spice and it was prepared perfectly!
Now don’t get too carried away with the starters, remember to leave some room for the best bit of brunch – the main courses!
I enjoyed everything being served family style as Eddy and I could try a bit of each dish simultaneously. We loved the:
- Goong Phad Med Mamueng – sauteed prawns with cashew nuts, capsicum and onions.
- Nuer Phad Phrik Tai Dum – beef tenderloin in a black pepper sauce. This was Eddys personal fav!
- Gaeng Kiew Wan gai – chicken in a green curry.
- Pad Thai Kai – the classic Thai style fried noodles.
Each dish had its own unique wonderful flavours and yet again the spice level was absolutely perfect for us. Kudos to Chef Thani and the team for getting it so right!
Happiness is a good dessert and Thiptara definitely does not disappoint in that field. Eddy and I of course chose the classic sticky mango rice that was accompanied with water chestnut rubies, jack fruit and sweet coconut. Both desserts were equally delicious and refreshing. The perfect way to end brunch!
Having visited all of the main Thai restaurants in Dubai I can honestly say that the food here at Thiptara takes the cake by a mile. It really is the best brunch in town! 10/10 from Eddy and I!
Thiptara, which translates to ‘magic at the water’ also has an outdoor terrace where you feel like you’re on a boat floating on water as it is completely surrounded by the Burj Lake. This would be a magical spot for dinner and perfect for overlooking the dazzling fountain show where you will have a front row seat. Can you spot the Burj Khalifa here?!
Thiptara is really the perfect haven to escape the hustle and bustle of Downtown Dubai. With exceptional service, delightful ambience and award-winning food we will definitely be heading back! Make sure to add it to your list if you live or are visiting Dubai.
This brunch is being held every Friday over Summer from 12.30pm till 3.30pm and is great value for money. We opted for the 240aed per person package that included unlimited soft beverages and mocktails. They also have a 370aed per person package inclusive of free flowing soft beverages, cocktails, beer and wine.
Cheers to that!
Thiptara at Palace Downtown