Restaurant Review – Busaba Eathai

About Busaba Eathai:
Located at the corner of The Beach Mall with a breathtaking view of the sea lies Busaba Eathai, one of UK’s leading Thai restaurant that has finally opened its doors in the Middle East. It was founded in 1999, by Alan Yau, creator of Hakkasan and Wagamama – two restaurants that we are deeply fond of and which is partly the reason why we were absolutely ecstatic about lunching at Busaba a few weeks ago. It is known for its exquisite Thai delicacies that are reasonably priced, and at the same time making sure the quality of the food isn’t compromised.
A Thai Feast:
Our excitement when it comes to dining at a Thai restaurant partly has to do with the fact that we get to quench our thirst with our favorite – Tender Coconut Water. Of course, the coconut water did not steal the thunder away from the flavorful food, which was the main highlight of our entire afternoon.
We started off with Som Tam which is a green papaya salad with dried shrimp, peanut, cherry tomatoes and lime. If you like your food spicy, this salad is definitely for you. We loved the textural play in this salad – crunch from the papaya and peanuts, beautiful dressing with a gentle kick of spice, crispiness from the prawns and juicy texture of the tomatoes. Each ingredient in this salad not only contributes to texture, but flavor as well – which is what we loved.
Under the Small Plates and Sharers section of the menu, we tried the Thai Calamari – one of the most famous dishes at Busaba. Not only was the calamari perfectly crisp, but it was also seasoned beautifully in ginger and green peppercorn, adding a lot of flavor and zing as compared to an ordinary calamari dish.
We also tried the Softshell Crab with garlic pepper sauce. This dish was beautifully presented and spiced. The juiciness of the crab as we bit into it makes us salivate till today at the thought of it. Not to forget the garlic pepper sauce that enhanced the flavor of the dish as well.
A staple in Thai cuisine and a “must order” at any Thai restaurant we’ve stepped foot in is the Pad Thai. A Pad Thai is essentially a flat rice noodle dish with prawns, dried shrimp, tofu, egg, peanuts, beansprouts and lime. This dish may seem simple, but the flavors can be quite addictive (if done right). Busaba managed to nail the recipe, making it one of the best Pad Thai’s we’ve had. The addition of the peanuts and beansprouts adds a nice crunch and lightens the dish up. Delicious!
Next, we tried the Coconut Prawn with green peppercorn, coconut tip and lime leaf. A very unusual dish that somehow ticked all the boxes for us. This dish was probably the least spiced among them all, however tasted absolutely soothing and wholesome. The addition of coconut jelly too was a pleasant surprise that wrapped the dish perfectly.
Another popular dish in Busaba’s menu is the Mussaman Duck Curry with potato, peanut and onion. The duck was cooked beautifully tender, and the curry was rich, thick and not as spicy as most Thai curries we’ve had. Tastes perfect with sticky rice!
Being huge fan of spice and bold flavors, we savored the Chilli Prawn Fried Rice with shitake mushrooms. It’s probably not as spicy as it seems, but tasted delicious nevertheless. The prawns and rice were perfectly cooked and the mushrooms somehow complimented it all brilliantly.
When the time came for dessert, we decided to not stick to the usual “Mango Sticky Rice” and order something unique for a change. We started off with the Chocolate Cashew nut Brownie with Caramel Ice cream. There was nothing Thai or nothing unique about this dessert. The texture of the brownie was pleasant, but that’s about it. The dish probably needed more Thai inspired flavors to liven the dessert up.
The coconut Panna Cotta with Shredded coconut however tasted light and delicious. The panna cotta was perfectly set and the addition of coconut added an interesting flavor and texture to the dessert.
Address & Contact Details:
Busaba Eathai
The Beach, Jumeriah Beach Residence
Dubai, UAE
Tel: 04-4281421

The Bill:
Som Tam – Dhs43
Thai Calamari – Dhs41
Softshell Crab – Dhs75
Pad Thai – Dhs59
Coconut Prawn – Dhs62
Mussaman Duck Curry – Dhs69
Chilli Prawn Fried Rice – Dhs55
Chocolate Cashewnut Brownie – Dhs35
Coconut Panna Cotta – Dhs35

Ambience: 3.5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Value: 3.5/5

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