Orient Express: Array of hot starters including crab and prawn cakes and mixed dumplings. Image Credit: Abhishek Sengupta/XPRESS

Dubai Very few places in Dubai can match the panoramic views Kris — the urbane 19th floor pan-Asian speciality restaurant — offers its diners. Yet it is their newly launched nine course ‘Taste of Asia’ Friday brunch that will make you go back there again.

A tangy green mango and long bean salad, a malay rojak (mixture as they call in Malaysia) and an Indian chana-chaat make up the salad starters, while a selection of chef’s makis and nigiris complete the eclectic sushi menu. I may not be a great fan, but I loved these rolls for their fresh taste.

There’s a choice of soups — from a Thai tom yum goong with shrimps to a Chinese hot and sour to a Malaysian sop ayam to an Indian tamatar shorba — served with a host of hot appetisers. So there are Thai crab and prawn cakes for seafood lovers besides Chinese mixed dumplings (one prawn and one chicken) and Indian samosas and koftas for meat lovers as are classic Malaysian chicken and beef satay, served with sweet chili, tamarind and peanut sauce dips. Their portion of crunchy batter-fried Japanese mixed veg tempura should satisfy the veggie pangs. Enjoy it all with either a Thai phad Thai goong, a bee hoon goreng with chicken or a beef char kway teow — the choice of fried noodles — before you cleanse your palate with a stunning green tea sorbet.

Mains is the seventh course and it’s no less elaborate thanks to a Thai tofu, a Szechuan crispy fish, a beef teriyaki, a lamb rendang and a mixed tandoori chicken. I loved the tofu for its basil-infused flavour and the slow-cooked lamb for its amazing tenderness. The egg fried rice with vegetables comes quite handy there. A fragrant Thai green duck curry, a hot Goan fish curry and a flavoursome Massaman vegetable curry comprise the ‘trio of classic curries’ next and they taste great with Indian naan too, served on the side.

Five great desserts bring up the perfect end but nothing like the chilli chocolate cake whose aftertaste lingers long after the meal.


We recommend:

Thai crab and prawn cakes, beef satay, Thai tofu, lamb rendang, Thai green duck curry, chilli chocolate cake



Price: Dh149

Location: Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Bur Dubai

Contact: 04-377 1111

Santo Sundays timings: 12.30pm – 4pm



Ambience: 4

Food: 4

Price: 5

Overall: 4