LAO Restaurant Brings Some South East Asian Spice to the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Stepping into the elegant dining room of LAO, uniquely mouth-watering smells and sounds are sure to remind well-travelled guests of the bustling food markets of Vietnam.

There’s no mistaking the aroma of freshly steamed dumplings, fried rice noodles hot off the wok and lemongrass, a common ingredient in South East Asian cuisine.

LAO’s Chef de Cuisine, Bayu Fidiyanto brings a wealth of experience to the table, having started out at the Radisson Plaza Suite Hotel Surabaya in Indonesia, he then travelled to the UAE where he has enjoyed a successful career in some of Dubai’s best hotels and restaurants including The Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers in Abu Dhabi and Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa.

His exceptional food is created with a passion that comes from being at the top of his game for a very long time. Although hailing from Indonesia, Fidiyanto is proficient at creating gorgeous and delicious dishes from a range of cuisines including Vietnamese and Chinese. His dumplings are renowned for their excellent quality, with reviewers praising the balance of flavours.

Harmonious flavour profiles are what sets LAO’s dining experience apart from other Asian restaurants in Dubai and a reputation for excellence precedes it. Popular favourites include anything from the Dim Sum menu to the Lobster Red Curry and the BBQ Back Ribs.

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An appetiser platter is on the menu or you could choose the ‘Duck Delight’, a delicious spread featuring hoisin sauce, crispy duck, cucumber, onion, tomato and coriander, all accompanied by a Chinese pancake.

LAO also runs a ‘Woks and Hops’ night on Tuesdays and Thursdays which is simply unmissable for fans of South East Asian-style seafood. A feast for the senses, the freshest catch is seared in the wok before being served alongside bottomless beverages, or Asian hops.

LAO restaurant is well worth the trip around Palm Jumeirah and overlooks the Waldorf Astoria’s stunning gardens. A relaxed atmosphere and exceptional service make this restaurant one stop in Dubai that must be experienced for yourself.

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