Mekong: The appetising corridor of Asia via Dubai
Adept in Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese cuisine, Mekong, situated at Anantara The Palm Dubai, has the perfect view of the Arabian seas.
But that's not what beckoned us to try their much in-demand 'From Asia to You' Asian brunch menu available on Fridays. The set menu is hand-selected every season keeping in mind the availability of seasonal fruits.
The eclectic décor is a feast for the eyes with rickshaw tables on the terrace and the very Asian setting interiors. But the actual feast began with the onslaught of the many entrées.
The stylish menu has a well-defined exhaustive dish list of 19 items. The chic and vibrant interiors reflect the casual mood of the diners during the day. Even though the Thai and Vietnamese cuisine are well-known for their spice level, each dish is designed keeping in mind the multicultural guest that come into the restaurant. So, don't shy away.
We started with the small bites that included seafood salad, spicy prawn balls tempura, Thai papaya salad, spring rolls, assorted dumplings, duck pancakes. The papaya salad and the chicken satay have a flavourful burst in your mouth. Each dish had a dietary designation that was easy to read and informative, in case someone had any allergies. We don't see that often on a menu.
Next we moved on to the selection from the Mains - stir fried chicken and vegetable noodles, deep fried sea bass, Thai red curry, mixed Thai vegetables with black and jasmine rice were the perfect mix for vegetarians and otherwise. My heart went out to the mixed Thai vegetable dish. You may insist on a second helping, it's quite refreshing.
Just like the entrée and the main, the sweet dishes were diverse with choices from fresh fruits, mango sticky rice, tea-ramisu and crème brulee. But the highlight of the brunch was the Mekong mist, made of creamy coconut ice cream, mango sabayon and toasted coconut.
What a dramatic ending!
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