Recently the awesome people over at Zomato sent me an invite to try out the newly opened Busaba Eathai, The Beach JBR – it’s right next to Godiva and Sapori Di Bice, we spent a good 15 minutes searching for it!
We were greeted by the super helpful manager Mr Luca who sent over the best of Busaba, which is a lot of food. The restaurant itself is open and airy with a modernistic Asian touch.
For drinks, mom chose the healthy koh samui which contained coconut, orange and carrot. I on the other hand tried the thai milk iced tea which was sweet but the black tea flavor still shone through. Mr. Luca also wanted us to try the vanduke which contained cream of coconut, kalamansi puree, lychee juice and orange juice, we both liked vanduke better than our own drinks XD.
After hearing the never ending reviews about the thai calamari I had to try it and it was spectacular. The coating is crunchy but you get this explosion of flavors in your mouth; I loved it and I usually don’t like calamari.
Since mom is a vegetarian Mr. Luca took note of that and sent some vegetarian friendly dishes her way. We tried the satisfying por pia jay aka: veg spring rolls served with a sweet chili sauce. I got to try a different take on the chicken satay – where it isn’t served on a stick; the chicken was juicy and grilled nicely.
We also got to try the altered pomelo salad (vegetarian food ftw), which was fantastic. Being big fans of pomelo, we loved this one and the hidden sliced red chilies were a spicy surprise.
How could we not try our family favorite som tam (raw papaya salad), I liked the som tam especially when eaten with the peanuts.
Main courses were also bountiful and kept coming! The creamy and peppery green chicken curry was a fast favorite, went well with the coconut rice.
I was so awed by the plentiful main courses. The curry in the back is the incredible aromatic butternut pumpkin curry, we could not stop going back for seconds (don’t worry we paced ourselves for the feast that awaited us).
The chicken butternut squash was delicious, chunky butternut squash and thick pieces of chicken soaked in the milky gravy.
The asparagus fried rice which contains apple, egg and sundried tomatoes was also fantastic – went well with the curries.
The pad thai jay has a interesting combination: rice noodles, broccoli, tofu, courgette, french beans, peanuts, beansprouts and lime. We quite liked this dish, definitely recommended!
Our last main course was mom’s favorite: tofu with spinach is nothing like we’ve ever had. Extremely soft tofu with a crispy coating and fried shallots; overall an extremely flavorsome dish!
For dessert, we were treated to one of the best pannacotta’s I’ve had which is the coconut kaffir lime pannacotta; each flavor is distinctive but not overpowering. The mango sticky rice on the other hand is also good, sweet thai mango and glutinous sticky rice topped with crisp sesame seeds!
Overall our time at Busaba was fantastic, we loved watching the staff interact with the customers on a personal level (unlike typical Dubai service).
Disclaimer: we were sent this invite by Zomato with no strings attached, the opinions stated above are unbiased. 🙂