Sukhothai is a fine dining Thai restaurant located at the Le Meridien Hotel in Garhoud, near the airport. The restaurant offers some of the best authentic Thai cuisine in Dubai and the decor include wood, candles, bamboo plants, silk wall hangings and artifacts from Thailand.
We visited the restaurant in time for the Songkran Festival. If you didn’t know, Songkran is Thailand’s most famous temple festival that celebrates the Thai new year. Traditionally, with three fun-filled days of water fights and the brightest colors in the streets of Thailand, it is the perfect way to embrace the culture.
As soon as we entered Sukhothai, we were kind of transported to the heart of Bangkok where the traditional colorful decorations were up and the celebrations were in full swing.
Minus the water fights, I think it is the perfect location to enjoy the festival. During the evening, they have played the sounds of traditional Thai music and a beautiful performance of the Thai traditional dance.
We proceeded to order the food and since we are not experts in Thai cuisine, we had to call the chef to suggest food for us. Their chef, of course, came from Thailand so the authenticity in that aspect is already there.
He suggested soft shell crabs, chicken with cashew, prawns, fried rice and the most popular dish, pad thai. Then we ordered some drinks to start with and we enjoyed watching the performance while waiting. To be completely honest, the wait time for the food was longer than usual but when the orders came, we were just happy because they were worth the wait. I believe they didn’t expect that much guests during that night so it took them time to prepare the food. Anyhow, I loved everything that we had and I’m definitely coming back to this restaurant after trying the food.
The staff was nice though and they were friendly and kept on checking if everything was ok so that kind of made me forget that we actually waited longer for our food.
To end the meal, we had a satisfyingly sweet variety of desserts including Kham on Man, steam tapioca with shredded coconut and the banana fritter with ice cream.
Overall, I have to say that I really enjoyed dining at Sukhothai. They stayed as close as possible to traditional Thai sensibilities and I believe they offered a variety of sweet, savory and spicy dishes in a warm and friendly ambiance. It’s definitely one of the good Thai restaurants out there.