Ping Pong – Dubai Mall

Ping Pong - Interiors
Ping Pong – Interiors
Ping Pong - Outside seating facing the dancing fountain and Burj Khalifa
Ping Pong – Outside seating facing the dancing fountain and Burj Khalifa

It’s interesting how people associate a shop by it’s name. Just before I could visit Ping Pong some of them told me there would be a table tennis or a ping pong setup hence they call the restaurant Ping Pong. So the first thing I’d like to confirm to you is that there is no ping pong table in here. Ping Pong in chinese means perfect opposites. They serve fusion cuisine with a blend of chinese, japanese, vietnamese. Beautiful interiors captivate your eye as soon as you enter the restaurant and they also have seatings outside with a view of the dancing fountain and Burj Khalifa. You see big posters of steam on the walls of ping pong, it shows how important it plays a role in their kitchen

Left(Martini - Lychee and roses Dhs 16) and Right (Ping Pong Dhs 22)
Left(Martini – Lychee and roses Dhs 16) and Right (Ping Pong Dhs 22)

I love the round table we sat specially that light coming from the center. The food on that spot was as if it was on a fashion stage. For the drinks we tried the following:

Martini – Lychee and roses – Lychee juice shaken with rose petals syrup and fresh lemon juice.
Coolers – Ping Pong – raspberry puree shaken with guava juice and shiso leaves.

You know both had it’s own taste but the when I see the amount I think next time I’ll definitely settle with more coolers. Martini was a little to less to last till the end 🙁

The dippers
The dippers – the dark red on the right was my favourite
Bottom(Mixed vegetable spring roll with spicy mango sauce  Dhs 20) and TOP (Honey roasted chicken puff Dhs 24)
Bottom(Mixed vegetable spring roll with spicy mango sauce Dhs 20) and TOP (Honey roasted chicken puff Dhs 24)

One thing I should highlight about Ping Pong is that they bring the food to your table really quick. It’s the fastest I’ve seen. It’s well cooked so don’t worry about it. I love the red spicy dipper. I was having that one with almost everything. I wish the chicken puff was little more crisp. I prefer to hear the puff crack when I bite them. The honey roasted chicken inside the puff gave it a happy ending.

Mushroom and vegetable bun  - Dhs 24
Mushroom and vegetable bun – Dhs 24
Spicy chicken dumpling - Dhs 23
Spicy chicken dumpling – Dhs 23

The Mushroom vegetable bun was the pretty fat snowwhite. A white bun which i’ve never had before. One thing we had to be careful with it was the cover underneath would stick to the skin of the bun and you might not even realize it. I thought the filling inside the bun was stingy. The bun tasted very different though and it’s not the kind you come across often in Dubai. It’s worth a try if you’ve never tried this kind of a bun before. That said this is not the kind of bun that I’d enjoy. The spicy chicken dumpling looked very innocent but was spicy enough that my children couldn’t have it.

Fish and black pepper dumpling(griddled) - Dhs 23
Fish and black pepper dumpling(griddled) – Dhs 23
Honey chicken stew with coconut rice - Dhs 32
Honey chicken stew with coconut rice – Dhs 32
My plate - showing you the inner content
My plate – showing you the inner content

The white fish we got in the dumpling was tilapia fish. I very much enjoyed the honey chicken stew with coconut rice but a must try here is their beef stew which I tried the first time I came here and it’s one of their best.

Dessert - Carrot cake with vanilla ice cream - Dhs 20
Dessert – Carrot cake with vanilla ice cream – Dhs 20

This dessert was picked from their season special. It was fab. I really enjoyed it along with the vanilla ice cream. The cream cheese frosting between each layer of the carrot cake made it super tasty.
Overall I’ve had a great experience here. The service was quick and efficient, their food had it’s taste and ambience was great. Definitely worth a visit if you’ve never been here before.

Me with Asst. Restaurant Manager Nawa of Ping Pong
Me with Asst. Restaurant Manager Nawa of Ping Pong

Ping Pong website: http://pingpongdimsum.ae/

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