Hypnothaised @ Thiptara
Hypnothai brunch at Thiptara located inside the Palace Downtown is new to the brunch scene having only launched a few weeks earlier.Surrounded by water of the Dubai Fountains and most famously the Burj Khalifa the location is second to none. Some might even say it’s hypno-THAI-sing. 😛The resident DJ set’s the vibe for the day spinning house tunes all afternoon whilst the staff were a little MIA in terms of showing guests what’s on offer.
There’s around 40 of us dining as a big group courtesy of Zomato for another #ZomatoMeetup. Taking this into consideration the staff numbers should of matched the guest ratio. The food on offer is in just the one room and is Thai cuisine only.We start with a range of appetizers including scallops, chicken satay and dim sum as well as a fragrant chicken and coconut soup.
There’s also a range of Thai salads, some of which are made to order by the staff using fresh ingredients.
For drinks there is a selection of fresh made juices, coconuts, sangria and cider on offer as well as red and white wines and beers which are ordered via the staff. I was excited to pick up and sip on a fresh coconut but was concerned to find that it was empty. My friend had the same experience. Not sure if someone had already drunk it and returned it or if these two coconuts had holes in the bottom of them. Either way it was strange. What I did love was the white wine sangria, the fruit punch and the refreshing cucumber soda which is actually made the connecting bar, Fai.
Mains consisted of stir fry wagyu beef, green chicken curry and wok fried Canadian lobster, served with an endless offering of Jasmine steamed rice and a side of Phad Se Eiw Gai and some mixed stir fry vegetables. The beef, chicken and lobster dishes were all executed very well with the juicy lobster pieces being my favorite in a black pepper and onion sauce. The Phad Se Eiw Gai was perfectly sticky however I didn’t like the sauce they used as it was too bland for my palette. I would of liked to of seen a Pad Thai option as well.
There’s no denying the food quality is of a high standard, if only they had the service to match. I found throughout the duration of brunch there was a massive gap of at least a metre wide where no food was being put on our table. It was concentrated at the ends of the table which meant we (my friend and I) were missing out on trying some of the dishes. I had to ask and order this separately just so we could try some of them.
The Thai desserts were impressive both visually and taste wise with the highlight being the Khao Neaw Mamueng aka Mango sticky rice. There was also a lot of exotic Thai fruits on offer.
I’d love to go back again in a smaller group so I could taste the things I missed as even though the spread looks quite small there is quite a lot on offer. If you’re a Thai fan then you would definitely enjoy it.
Hypothai is a very affordable brunch at just 260dhs with soft beverages, 320dhs with house beverages and 390dhs with the bubbly package. Being a new brunch, I’ll let the service slide this time round and hopefully on my next visit it’s vastly improved.
Location: Palace Downtown
Dress code: Smart casual
Reservations are essential – call 04 2753077