LèTen – Downtown Dubai
Modern Asian Dining
A treasure trove of oriental flavors, LèTen is a relatively fresh eatery in Dubai that promises to offer creatively fashioned cuisine, packed with flavors from all around Asia. Recently, I had an opportunity to review the restaurant and found out more about the art of Asian fusion.
Located at the Dubai Mall, LèTen boasts opportunities to dine in the most coveted spaces. With ample seating capacity for diners who wish to enjoy a meal inside, its perfect weather terrace seating overlooking the fountains is another story. When the weather in Dubai is good, it won’t be an exaggeration to say that the terrace becomes one of the most relaxing spots to be seated while enjoying aromatic dinner with dancing fountains in the background, far, far away from the maddening crowd!
The inner dining area catches your eye immediately with a lavish chandelier that seems to galvanize the whole space with an exclusive and majestic yet warm feel. A huge wall in the background exhibits traditional Asian pots and pans adding to the evocative theme.
We opted to sit inside.
While seated at the extreme right corner, I couldn’t help but notice a huge painting in the classic crimson hue of the orient, with a lady in red, pouting in an amiable way yet haughty and arrogant. It exuded self-assurance and the idea that, what we should expect of the place is all about being open to newness and fusion, and it will be something different from the usual.
We started off our dinner with the refreshing Lettuce Wraps placed on top of an ice mound, served with the special roasted sesame and peanut sauce. It was one of the highlights of the evening, regardless of the fact that it was probably the simplest starters ever, it exceeded our expectations. For the soup, we loved the Thai Tom Yum Seafood soup, with the right amount of zest and spice and chunks of protein. For the main course, we were in for a little surprise. The Mongolian Beef was an unstoppable treat of sweet and savory flavors with a crispy and chewy texture worth relishing; Baked Honey Cod Fish nestled on top of green beans with a sauce to enhance the flavor, and if you like to keep things simple try Pineapple Chicken, succulent and sweet and a typical favorite with diners. One of the most interesting dishes from the menu that we tried was the Wasabi Prawns. The prawns were first fried then smeared with wasabi, placed on top of a watermelon chunk and topped with colorful tobiko, the end result was mind-blowing. Not only that, the canapes sized dish looked teasingly good, the juicy burst of flavors was insanely interesting and refreshing, like something you’ve never had before and want to have more of! Another feat from the menu is the Crispy Duck, the rolls are prepared right in front of you to visually tantalize your senses
For the sweet touch, we tried the carrot cake, which was more of a piece of art than cake! Carefully placed on a rectangular dish, in perfect symmetry to the meal math the carrots tasted rather crunchier than any other carrot cakes we’ve tried but it still maintained its creative approach.
As a casual Asian cuisine restaurant, LèTen brings the creative approach in its presentation and in its cuisine that is frequently missing in traditional style Asian cuisine, which people have become familiar with. Chef Chong Nean Fui together with his team has crafted an expansive menu with Thai, Malaysian, Singaporean and Chinese delicacies, and successfully connects the yin and the yang with inventive and exotic, intriguing and inspiring dishes from the Far East.