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Tenggara's Asian Head Chef Francis Chang.

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Restaurant review: Taste the flavours of Southeast Asia at Tenggara in Dubai

It’s always a sign that a restaurant is good when you see a mixed crowd of diners.

Our Expatmedia.net team was greeted by a busy Tenggara restaurant in Dubai when we visited on a Saturday evening.

Right off the bat we spotted a group of at least a dozen Filipinos having a baby shower. There were also several Indian and European diners, an Arabic family and a Chinese-speaking group.

Thankfully, we didn’t have to jostle for space since our table was already reserved. All we needed to do was sit and enjoy what promised to be an “Asian gastronomical journey”. We were not disappointed.

The multi-cuisine restaurant, located at the lobby level of Park Regis Kris Kin hotel, serves authentic dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the region.

Everything that came hot off their kitchen tasted as if they were served from the food capitals they were from. Authentic and packed with flavor.

We didn’t feel shortchanged with the taste, presentation and service. We also loved that the portions are generous and can be shared by three to four people, and the prices are reasonable, with many main dishes starting at Dh41. A real value for money.

We had the seafood fried rice (Dh38) which had squid, shrimps, eggs and mixed vegetables. A great pair for our mains. We couldn’t get enough of their salted egg yolk chicken (Dh44) and salted egg yolk prawns (Dh65). Truly a delight in every bite.

We also loved the crispy sweet and sour chicken (Dh41) and the crispy chili beef (Dh44), which had the perfect balance of sweet and savoury.

Then came the star of the night: Their huge bowl of Singapore Chili Crab (Dh280) that literally had us rolling up our sleeves to dive into the sweet, spicy and tangy curry. They handed out crab crackers but we found that this dish was better enjoyed with your fingers to get every morsel out of those huge portions of crab. The gravy itself was a pure foodie’s delight, which we enjoyed with a combination of steamed and fried Mantou buns.

Service at Tenggara was also surprisingly quick, given that the restaurant was fully booked. At the end of our feast, we were sated, smiling and already thinking about our next visit.

Icing on the cake: they give a 25 percent discount on your total bill, too! ICA/Expat Media

Restaurant details

What: Tenggara
Where: Lobby level, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai
Timings: 12pm to 10:30pm
Contact: 04 3771111

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