LèTen opened its doors during the early part of this year at the Waterfront Atrium, The Dubai Mall.
Situated next to T.G.I. Friday’s, Parker’s, and now the second branch of Tribes, will the Modern Asian dining restaurant emerge as THE choice for an average customer? We decided to find that ourselves…
As soon as we step in, we realize that the area is quite smaller than what we expected it to be. Having visited Friday’s nearby which is massive including the outdoor seating with beautiful views, this seemed to dull in comparison. A weekday night with a couple of cheerful families enjoying their meal is enough to lift my spirits up about the place.
The manager who walks in has a slight confusion whether to hand us the menu or let the Chef provide us his specialties. In the end, he settles for us making our decisions. We order Smoked Turkey Spring Rolls (duck on the menu, but wasn’t available then) [AED 35], Poached Prawn Wanton with Szechuan Chili Oil [AED 42], and Wasabi Prawns. [AED 60].
Deep fried spring rolls paired with a sweet chili sauce stuffed with turkey and cheese was like comfort food, while the poached prawns could have been given a miss as we feel they were too oily. Watermelon discs under fried prawns coated with wasabi was a combination that didn’t suit us. Although, the prawns alone were fantastic.
The Kung Po Chicken [AED 45] garnished with cashews complemented the Devil’s Fried Rice [AED 45] we ordered. Also, we tried some specialty dishes for the main course like the Mongolian Beef [AED 71], Fiery Thai Chicken Drumlets [AED 49], and Curry Mayo Prawn [AED 60]. All safe choices that reminded us of comfortable Singaporean food.
A daring approach for LéTen was to include Espresso Chicken [AED 52] on their menu. Chunks of chicken drenched in sticky sweet espresso sauce resulted in an unhappy marriage. The espresso could be toned down a bit in terms of its bitterness.
Lastly, a Chocolate Fondant [AED 35] arrived at the table which was disappointing again. The ice cream felt crystallized, while the chocolate inside wasn’t “molten chocolate” which is the whole point of the dish.
If I’m going back: The menu at LéTen is pretty long so making choices proves a little difficult. A safe bet if you’re visiting would be to order known dishes so you don’t end up with something awkward. Our suggestion would be to try cutting down the menu to focus on what they can do best.
Also, we loved the Mongolian Beef, Kung Po Chicken, and the Devil’s Fried Rice.
Total Bill: AED 494
Contact 04 3253535 for reservations.
Do you have any Asian cuisine outlets in mind? What do you prefer, comfort food or the adventurous kind?