Pai Thai – Madinat Jumeirah
Gibson’s boss is in town for several business meetings and he’s very nice to extend his team’s dinner invitation to me. I thought it’s a good idea to finally meet him as well as to catch-up with Katrina, Gibson’s other colleague.
Kat made a reservation at Pai Thai in Al Qasr Madinat Jumeirah last night. Al Qasr hotel itself is very grand and beautiful. You’ll find a staff almost at every corner of the hotel. All are helpful to answer your questions and more than willing to take your photos 🙂 I would love to stay at Al Qasr one day and just take thousands of beautiful pictures.
Pai Thai is a romantic Thai restaurant that is hidden along the hotel’s waterways and can be accessed either by riding a buggy, walking or taking an abra from the hotel to the restaurant. I highly recommend taking the abra as it adds up to your amazing experience. But since I arrived quite early last night, an abra ride alone by myself didn’t seem to be a fun idea so I requested for buggy instead which was not bad at all. The restaurant is just a few metres away from the hotel and you can easily appreciate the scenery.
Since I’m early, or rather Gibson and the gang were late which was fine by me, I took that chance to take photos outside as the sun was setting.
If weather permits, I would love to eat alfresco and have this beautiful view while sipping a cold margarita.
As much as I want that cold margarita, I needed to pass since I’m driving home. I just browsed through their mocktails and settled with Chao Phraya – which is a combination of mango juice, pineapple juice, strawberries and passion fruit.
I’m sorry for the grainy pictures. It’s low light and I’m just using my phone last night. I also wasn’t planning of posting the menu list as it’s quite extensive but you might be expecting this from me so here’s a few pages from their menu book. I promised to take better photos next time.
I love them all especially the prawn cake, chicken sate, and spring roll. Note: We requested for a platter good for 3 people, otherwise the serving is good for two.
The Tom Yam soup with Prawns was also good for 2 persons – Gibson and I shared. The addition of oyster mushroom makes it yummier and filler than most Tom Yam I’ve tried.
It’s funny how me, Gibs and Kat all ordered stir-fried dishes with just different main items. I chose Talay Phad Nam Prik Pao which has prawns, scallop, calamari, chili paste, spring onion and Thai Basil.
I didn’t took photos of their order as they look the same stir-fry dishes to me (although completely different in taste, mind you). Gibson ordered the wok fried crab tempura which I had a taste and it was heavenly. Kat ordered a chicken dish called Gai Phad Med Ma Muang which she shared with me. It’s sweeter than my stir fry but nonetheless delicious.
Tip: If you’re having soup and appetizer, I suggest go easy on the mains. Most servings are good for two.
This restaurant is perfect for those special occasions. It’s romantic, quiet, focuses on food and conversations. Did I tell you how excellent their service was? It was impeccable and they’re very attentive. Everyone just made me so comfortable and I felt like a princess waiting for her prince charming 🙂 which was really the case ‘coz Gibson was late remember? Hehe.
Prior reservation is required. Call Madinat Jumeirah’s restaurant reservation at +971 4 366 5866. Visit their website here. Note that they serve dinner only.