Situated in the furthest end of The Fishing Harbour Complex in Jumeirah 1, Charm Restaurant is a charming ‘contemporary and trendy’ Thai Restaurant. The weather in Dubai is just getting perfect for another outdoor Friday brunch! This venue never disappoint with regards to the Terrace View overlooking the ‘Fishing Harbour’ which one should expect some parked boat on the Pier below.
There is nothing extraordinary with the décor, entrance door or funky ‘contemporary’ restaurant. There is nothing trendy about the place except some bits and bobs and some cheap looking décor that represent Thai culture. The restaurant is sort of minimalist – gold/ gray painted walls.
The food is a hit and miss for us. We expected that it would be something interesting and something fun. Below is our verdict:
We started with:
Calamari with Wasabi Mayo – on the oily side served with some dollop of mayo, wasabi and some pickles. Totally miss!
Chicken Satay – average as nothing extraordinary about it.
Redemption – The Sauces/ Dips including the sweet chili, peanut sauce and vinegar with some herbs. We’ve asked for more, but were not given a chance to have them individually.
Seafood Salad – we were expecting something fresh and light with some herbs, never disappoint (except that it costs 50AED for a small portion!)
Seafood Pad Thai – one would expect that this is a perfect dish for a Thai Restaurant. The noodles were overcooked and there were not much to say about it except – a boring dish!
Black Pepper River Prawns – totally on point with the balance of sweetness and smokiness of stir-fried vegetables and soy sauce plus the sprinkled black peppers.
Beef with Basil – the perfect partner of the steamed rice. Everyone loved this dish, something new and something to try on.
Fried Chicken – a strange part of the menu but another dish that everyone love! The Chicken has a hint of lemongrass which elevate its smell and taste. A MUST try dish served with soya sauce, lemon and basil dip.
Seafood Curry – just too sweet for everyone’s taste with no hint of spice on it. Presented in a manner that looks like an afterthought. Nothing special about it.
Kangkong with sesame seeds – drenched in soy sauce and it was just on the salty side and too overcooked, thus it became wilted and watery.
We didn’t go for desserts as we were totally stuffed. Though there are some interesting stuff in the menu, but we were good to go.
In the end, we’ve loved the venue but were never fascinated with all the food served. There are some good stuff in the menu, some were not the best. We didn’t see much contemporary and trendy about it. My advise: Ask for the table upstairs with terrace and smoking area. Perfect weather, excellent service by staff, good food, good company – what can you ask for?
Word of caution, just check the prices before coming to this place. A little overpriced for an ordinary Pinoy!
Tel. No: – 04 344 8895