The Best of South East Asia In Abu Dhabi

South-East Asian cuisine has become known and loved around the world for its vibrant and fragrant ingredients and flavours. From street food to fine dining, there's something universally appealing about South East Asian cooking, and while dishes share common influences and styles there are subtle regional differences, which gives each country it's own little bit of va-va-voom!


THAILAND | SILK & SPICE

 

The Sofitel's Silk & Spice revamp has really put the restaurant on the map in terms of good Thai dining. With funky sunken seating for groups, a great bar area and elevated views over the Corniche, it's a must-try - grab a table by the window and drink in the sea views while enjoying a great Thai cocktail! Make sure you order the tamarind prawns and the omg mango sticky rice with ice cream. 

THAILAND | BAAN THAI | THE BOTANIC ATRIUM FOODHALL

 

Baan Thai, located in the newly opened Botanic Atrium in the city, is a 'proper' Thai, with chefs poached from a couple of the top Bangkok restaurants. The pad Thai, with its egg tea-cosy is a winner and don’t miss the incredible Thai spring rolls. They offer delivery from two locations in Abu Dhabi and we love their eco-friendly packaging – winner, winner pad Thai dinner!

THAILAND | DESERT LOTUS

 

Desert Lotus is in a great spot overlooking the water at Al Bandar, making you feel you could be in some random place in Koh Samui! The food is even better than the view, with consistently high-quality Thai dishes and sushi available daily. You could let Bua and her staff suggest options for you but we love the papaya salad, shrimp pad Thai and the massaman beef curry (the sushi is on point too!).

THAILAND | AROY DEE

 

Producing authentic Thai food with very reasonable pricing and great flavours, Aroy Dee is a hidden gem. This is homestyle food from the chef’s family recipes, including some great seafood dishes, as well as the better known classic dishes. This is inner-city Thai street food at its best.

THAILAND | TUK TUK

 

If you prefer your favourite Thai dishes like pad Thai, seafood curry and tom yum cooked in a traditional style, Tuk Tuk will be right up your street. Many people say it's the most authentic Thai in the city (if you're spice-sensitive choose carefully). A perfect fix for your Thai cravings!

MALAYSIA | LANGKAWI

 

All the famous Malaysian dishes are available here at Langkawi Cafe, known for great value and friendly service. A firm favourite is the fried nasi with chicken satay. If you’re looking for authentic flavours at great prices it’s worth the effort of finding this gem.

MALAYSIA | MAMAK

 

Mamak’s inconspicuous location at the ADNOC station on Yas Island belies its reputation for providing authentic and delicious Malaysian cafeteria-style food in the Indian - Malay Mamak tradition. Saturday mornings see all Malaysians in Abu Dhabi flocking to Mamak for its amazing fried chicken, Nasi Goreng and the very very good banana fritter.

VIETNAM | HOI AN

 

Hoi An in the Shangri-La specialises in Vietnamese dishes and, usefully, offers ‘Super Sapa’ sampling menus to give diners a chance to enjoy a selection of dishes for a fixed price. The a la carte menu includes all the classics like pho bo and shrimp rice paper rolls but also extends to dishes like oven-baked seabass and baby veal rib.

VIETNAM | SAIGON HOUSE

 

For authentic Vietnamese food, look no further than Saigon House. From fresh spring rolls to shrimp dumplings and bahn mi, this reasonably priced restaurant is deservedly trending with both the Vietnamese community of Abu Dhabi and lovers of cracking Vietnamese - something the city has been lacking. 

VIETNAM - VIETNAMESE PHO

 

If you’re in need of a pho fix, this new outfit at Al Reem Bay will hit the mark. Those in the know are saying it’s a contender for the best pho in town, so if you’re into Vietnamese food or want to try something new, check this one out, pho-real!

INDONESIA | BANDUNG


A real hidden gem, Bandung offers quality, authentic Indonesian cuisine at prices that won’t break the bank. If you’re craving nasi or mi goreng, or are in the mood for gado gado, this is the one for you. 

Alex Atkin

1/18/2022