Widely regarded as one of Dubai's finest Thai restaurants, the distinctive Blue Elephant features a tranquil waterfall, exotic flowers and greenery, and intricate stained wood accents, creating the illusion that you're not in Dubai but in some quaint Southeast Asian village. The cuisine matches the decor stroke for stroke. Royal Thai dishes include herbs, spices and produce imported from Thailand, and the aromas of basil, chilies and lemongrass flow through the air, enticing first time patrons to order some of the spicier items (marked on the menu with red elephants). Saturdays feature an unforgettable lunch buffet.
An ornate dining room featuring rich dark wood furniture, intricately designed pillars and molding, and elegant table settings, the Dusit Dubai's signature restaurant offers diners a chance to experience fine Royal Thai cuisine and hospitality in their most accommodating incarnations. Enjoy the chef's celebrated menu, which stands as the culmination of his more than three years of culinary "exploration" in places like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Japan. Ask for a table near a window, and you can enjoy an enchanting view of the desert whilst you dine.
Some of Dubai's most highly regarded sushi is served here Tuesday and Friday-Sunday evenings. The view may be a disappointment (a wall blocks the bustling creek banks), but the authentic atmosphere and exceptional menu are sure to please.
Some venues score well on setting, others on food: the Bamboo Lagoon is one of the few to excel – and then some – in both categories. Why not impress your date by sashaying across this Polynesian retreat's wooden bridge, with water features underneath and leafy plants all around. Positive impression thus made, you may feast on all manner of Asian delights, including the sushi and sashimi bar.
In a land teeming with all-you-can-eat buffets, Spice Island still arguably rules the roost. With innumerable tables and live cooking stations devoted to Arabian, Tex-Mex, European, Japanese and seafood, there's something for every palate in this popular restaurant. Its spacious design and abundant food makes it a firm favorite for parties and group get-togethers. Three different packages are available: buffet with soft drink; buffet with regular house beverages; the works with premium beverages.
Yalumba features creative Australian cuisine. The décor is urban chic with dark woods and glass-covered tables. Dishes include crab and spinach wontons, crayfish and no end of tasty steaks which are prepared in full view by chefs in the island kitchen. The Friday Brunch is becoming increasingly popular, and the daily breakfast buffet nullifies any excuses for elevenses.