The Smiling Bangkok
Jumeira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
009714 349 6677
The Smiling Bangkok Dubai Reviews
A Quirky Thai Restaurant , a hidden Gem in the backstreets of Dubai Dec 06, 2011
Behind an old gas station and in a dark alley, hides one of the most intriguing places in silicon Dubai, The Smiling Bangkok Thai restaurant. This small hideout is a treasure of quirkiness and real charm, starting with its neon sign of a mustachioed Mona Lisa all the way to the dozen multicolored lights dangling from its ceiling.
When I walked through the small door, I instantly recognized the familiar smell and feel of Bangkok’s back alley cafes. The room is small enough to feel the coziness and the relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant and big enough to hold 6 tables of an average of 4 people on each (don’t hope to cross your legs though). The dark walls are filled with magazines’ shots of celebrities, mostly those of the 80s.
Though it was midweek, we were lucky to find a table in this busy restaurant. As we sat down to the only round table in the place, the cheerful and chirpy waiter placed down the tablemats (made of torn magazine pages) and handed us the menus. The dishes’ names on the menu were nothing less than bizarre and somehow X-rated. ‘10-baht love you long time’ (deep fried wonton-style chicken and prawn with sweet chili dip), ‘six inches of glory’ (sticky rice), ‘Billy Jean’s not my lover’ (steamed fish with basil, lemon and chili) and ‘Fook yu & Fook me’ (noodles in Thai gravy with meat or seafood) are only a few examples of the 20-pages-single-lined menu options.
In Smiling Bangkok, to get the waiter attention you have to shake the tambourine placed on the table (usually an amusing experience unless you have a baby on the same table – like we did). After doing that, I placed my order for the main dish, one that soon became a favorite of mine, The Thai green curry. The curry was delivered in a huge steaming bowl, mixed with tender chicken pieces, aborigine slices and creamy coconut-mixed sauce inside – a heaven in Green.
Though Smiling Bangkok might not be the best Thai food in town, the rare mix it introduces through its delicious menu, electric atmosphere and affordable food; guarantees a loyal fan base of the mustachioed Mona Lisa.
Tips: Dress up causally, call the restaurant for directions (it might be difficult to find, but definitely worth the search), ask for “mild” if you have a weak stomach for spicy food and enjoy the experience.
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