Busaba Eathai – JBR

Busaba Eathai interior
Busaba Eathai interior
Me with brand manager and staff of Busaba Eathai
Me with brand manager and staff of Busaba Eathai

Busaba Eathai, a modern Thai eatery famous in London is now open at JBR, the WALK. Busaba means flower and Eathai is a fusion between eat and Thai. They have a flavorful selection of freshly prepared salads, stir fries, curries, noodles and Thai specialized desserts. In addition to this they also serve grilled meats and fish. You love Thai food, you love spice, you love the beach then this is the place to be. I thought we Indians could bear any spice but I now have double thoughts after experiencing the spice here…

Busaba Eathai kitchen
Busaba Eathai kitchen
Busaba Eathai upstairs
Busaba Eathai upstairs
Busaba Eathai drinks station
Busaba Eathai drinks station
Busaba Eathai interior
Busaba Eathai interior
Busaba Eathai stairs
Busaba Eathai stairs
Busaba Eathai - terrace
Busaba Eathai – terrace
Busaba Eathai - Balcony seating
Busaba Eathai – Balcony seating
Busaba Eathai - balcony view
Busaba Eathai – balcony view

The interior is very stylish and elegant. I love the lights which really given an effect to the entire restaurant. The restaurant terrace and balcony give you the best views of the JBR beach. So the restaurant had more occupancy on the outside than on the inside. We sat inside in their cozy casual dining seats. You see lot of ceiling fans here sticking to their tradition. Ever since central air conditioning, Fans are the past in Dubai so good to see them again somewhere and lots of them.

Mocktails - dhs 27(from left:vanduke, Grapefruit Mojito, Chantara cooler)
Mocktails – dhs 27(from left:vanduke, Grapefruit Mojito, Chantara cooler)
Yam sam som Salad - dhs 44 - Blood orange, pomelo, coconut, red chilli, dried shrimp and shallot
Yam sam som Salad – dhs 44 – Blood orange, pomelo, coconut, red chilli, dried shrimp and shallot

The mocktails were a little different. It didn’t come with the sweetness and love I expected. The drink like the Grapefruit mojito was a spicy one. Felt the mocktails here would be good at detoxification. The Salad was super spicy but at the same it was irrepressible in taste. You really enjoy it but you can’t have them all together. The beauty of the oranges are realized in this spicy salad.

Small plate set - dhs 79 - A collection of por-pia-jay, Goong thd, fish cakes, Chicken Satay, Panda chicken, and Som tam salad along with a set of dippers
Small plate set – dhs 79 – A collection of por-pia-jay, Goong thd, fish cakes, Chicken Satay, Panda chicken, and Som tam salad along with a set of dippers
Small plate set - dhs 79 - A collection of por-pia-jay, Goong thd, fish cakes, Chicken Satay, Panda chicken, and Som tam salad
Small plate set – dhs 79 – A collection of por-pia-jay, Goong thd, fish cakes, Chicken Satay, Panda chicken, and Som tam salad
Pandan chicken - dhs 39
Pandan chicken – dhs 39
Thai Calamari - dhs 41 - ginger and green peppercorn
Thai Calamari – dhs 41 – ginger and green peppercorn

The small plate of appetizer is highly recommended to begin with. It’s got a little bit of everything except for their famous calamari. So we go that separately. The two hot sellers of Busaba Eathai in London which is the Calamari and Pandan chicken wasn’t really catchy to me although I really enjoyed unwrapping and unveiling of the chicken from it’s pandan leaf. What really impressed me were the chicken Satay and fried bread prawns. The vegetable spring rolls were nice and crispy. The appetizers came with a set of dippers which spiced up the taste of the tantalizing appetizers.

Pad Kewtio(Wok Noodle) - dhs 57 - Sen yai noodle, smoked chicken, prawn, shilitake mushrom
Pad Kewtio(Wok Noodle) – dhs 57 – Sen yai noodle, smoked chicken, prawn, shilitake mushrom
Ginger Beef Stir-fry - Dhs 59 - Thai pepper, chilli, spring onions
Ginger Beef Stir-fry – Dhs 59 – Thai pepper, chilli, spring onions
Railway fried rice - dhs 60 - chicken, tomato, and chicnese broccoli topped with a fried egg thai style
Railway fried rice – dhs 60 – chicken, tomato, and chicnese broccoli topped with a fried egg thai style

Busaba Eathai is very good at their traditional mains. The wok noodle, Beef Stir fry and the Railway fried rice were all mind blowing. You begin to appreciate thai food and these are some of the must tries here, specially the Pad Kewtio(Wok Noodle) which was flavourful.

Red snapper - dhs 99 - with chilli sauce
Red snapper – dhs 99 – with chilli sauce

One of the big mistakes I made here was by ordering the Cod Fish. Although it was the best looking dish on the table, it just wasn’t as enticing I expected. Firstly to my disappointment it turned out to be a deep fried fish. Had it been grilled I probably would have enjoyed it more. The marination on the fish was also not very convincing. I am sure they could bring out a better flavour than this one.

Jungle Chicken Curry - dhs 56 - Grilled chicken, Thai aubergine, bamboo shoot, french bean
Jungle Chicken Curry – dhs 56 – Grilled chicken, Thai aubergine, bamboo shoot, french bean
Thai Roti - Dhs 20
Thai Roti – Dhs 20

The Jungle chicken curry is the only chicken curry without coconut milk from the list of curries in their main menu. All the other curries come thick and nice. We just thought we’ll have it light this time. But I strongly suggest their thick curries which are well known at Busaba Eathai specially the green chicken curry. The rotis were divine. Hot and crispy. They remind you of the typical indian rotis but one level better that you keep asking for more. These are actually deep fried rotis but you don’t realize that oil in it so you continue having more of it with no guilt 🙂

Ginger-Kaffir lime brulee - dhs 35
Ginger-Kaffir lime brulee – dhs 35
Ice cream sorbet - dhs 35 - Mix of 3 flavours(Mango, red guava & lemongrass)
Ice cream sorbet – dhs 35 – Mix of 3 flavours(Mango, red guava & lemongrass)
Coconut Panna Cotta with shaved cococnut - dhs 35
Coconut Panna Cotta with shaved cococnut – dhs 35
Thai Cheese cake with berry compote - dhs 35
Thai Cheese cake with berry compote – dhs 35

The colorful desserts were beautiful looking. The Thai cheese cake was the best out of the lot, simply delightful. It’s those biscuit kind crumbs on top that make it special. All desserts are made in house. The Ginger lime brulee was a little different from the usual cream brulee but unfortunately the ginger dominates the taste in such a level that you are not able enjoy the sweetness expected from the dessert. The ice cream sorbets were very natural tasting with unique flavours which you don’t find otherwise and the best tasting for me was the red guava flavour.

Ginger tea with honey - dhs 17
Ginger tea with honey served with cashew nut and coconut cookie – dhs 17

Busaba Eathai server original tea which is of high quality, natural and exquisite in taste. The ginger tea with honey was really good. I thought it would be flavoured tea but here they make it from scratch. There was real honey given along with ginger made tea. The crunchy cashew nut and coconut cookie comes as a company with your tea order. At Busaba Eathai, they do the very best to give you an authentic experience.

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