Ended up at Royal Orchid for dinner one night, the restaurant itself is beautiful, you can clearly see the Asian touch! We loved the easygoing (and pretty) outdoor seating.
For drinks we started off with a hot lips margarita and a fresh pineapple juice brought to us by the super nice waitress :).
We’ve been experimenting with soup recently and when our awesome server Allen recommended to try the clear soups: wonton noodle (left) and lemon coriander with chicken (right) we were convinced. Both the soups tasted uber fresh and were filled with healthy and tasty veggies (my favorite was the bok choy).
For starters we tried out the vegetarian spring rolls which were good, the sweet chili sauce served alongside was satisfying. We also tried a family staple the som tam (raw papaya salad) which we liked but thought could’ve been much spicier; it was ordered medium spicy (sure didn’t feel like medium spicy).
Mains were tricky to decide but with Allen’s help we ended up with some great choices. The orange chicken (front) was incredible, tangy juicy chicken bathed in a sweet sauce paired with the perfect companion: brown rice.
On the other hand the vegetarian claypot (behind) was the star of the night. It contained braised bean curd, fresh vegetables and water chestnuts, mom was blown away with how flavorful the water chestnuts were, went well with the spicy broth/stock, sticky buns also come with the claypot.
And now the spectacular dessert, it may not look like much but it’s the inside that counts. Would you believe me if I told you there was mushy banana on the inside. Well you better believe it, this is the toffee banana; sliced banana coated in toffee and sesame seeds served with ice cream!
Crack open the ball, you get hard toffee and creamy banana topped with chocolate ice cream. *runs away to clean drool from keyboard*.
Tea for us was a must after that fantastic meal, I opted for moroccan mint without sugar which was tarter than I expected but mom’s ginger tea was amazing; you can taste a little chunks of ginger, a great digestive tea.
We think that Royal Orchid has some delicious and super healthy food, didn’t see (or taste) even a little bit of oil, they have an open kitchen so you can watch the chef in action. Btw they have a Friday buffet brunch from 12pm to 4pm for 99 AED (comes with a mocktail – next visit maybe?).