Restaurant Review: Thiptara
Translating as ‘magic on the water’ the restaurant’s location is true to its namesake, situated on the surrounding lake of the Burj Khalifa, with spectacular views of the Dubai Fountain. Although the restaurant’s interior is a striking combination of glass and gold finishing, we suggest opting for a table on the terrace for full on romance, where unimpeded views of the magical water show provide interludes to your conversation that never fail to leave you breathless no matter how many times you’ve seen them. With its majestic view and the restaurant’s sound system also working in tandem, you’ll feel like the star of your own personal romantic movie, which hopefully sets the tone for the evening ahead. With the setting complete, it’s time to see if the food follows suit.
We begin with a beautifully presented sharing platter of perfectly steamed dim sum, crispy spring rolls and chicken satay with creamy peanut sauce, which are a medley of textures and flavours. The soft and silky exterior of the dumplings are only bettered with a swift dip into either the sweet or spicy chilli sauce and the crunch of the golden pastry rolls encasing juicy shredded chicken, is both familiar yet inquisitively different. Each morsel has a taste all its own, yet doesn’t overwhelm the tastebuds, interacting well with each other to create a complete dish.
We continue with a refreshing spicy green papaya salad, embroidered with juicy prawns, which acts as both a second course and a refreshing palate cleanser, before being served a piquant Gaeng Kiew Wan Gai, the traditional name for what is otherwise known to the rest of us as green curry, with chicken breast and baby aubergines bursting with flavour in a smooth velvety sauce, with a side of steamed fluffy white rice. Although it is a simple dish, it is rich enough to feel satisfied after just a few small spoonfuls, so we recommend sharing. For dessert we opt for wonderfully fragrant and luscious sweet mango with sticky black and white rice, adorned with a coconut dressing which is sweet, yet not overly so, allowing the freshly cut fruit to take centre stage.
Thiptara has been the recipient of many accolades for its romantic setting, but with its combination of complex flavours, meticulously executed for artistic plates served with true Thai hospitality, we believe that lovers of Eastern food should definitely head here at least once to experience one of the finest Dubai has to offer.
INFO: 7pm-11.30pm daily, The Palace Downtown Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, 04 423 8884, www.theaddress.com
THIPTARA’S SOM YUM POO (Papaya Crab Salad)
160g green papaya, julienned
20g carrots, julienned
20g cherry tomatoes, quartered
60g string beans
90g cooked Alaskan crab sticks
Cashews, to garnish
2 whole lettuce leaves, to serve
FOR THE DRESSING
1 birds eye green chilli
2 tsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp tamarind juice
1 tsp lime juice
1 tbsp palm sugar
2 tsp fish sauce
1 Place the garlic and chilli in the mortar and break with the pestle.
2 Add each of the other ingredients for the dressing one by one, and mix until combined.
3 Place the papaya, string beans, carrots and cherry tomatoes into a bowl and combine with the dressing.
4 Distribute the mixture between the two lettuce leaves.
5 Add the crab meat on top, garnish with cashews and serve.