Dubai has a seriously diverse food scene, and is home to almost every popular cuisine in the world, so it is natural that people have acquired a more adventurous and sophisticated palette. Recently heralded as the number 1 ‘foody city’ Bangkok, the team at Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay couldn’t resist the opportunity to bring in the best of this gourmet wonderland to Dubai’s already bubbling flavour pot!
Décor-wise, The Backyard could easily be found down a Bangkok ‘soi’ and is the perfect canvas for the colourful vibe of Thailand’s street food, with a deliciously crafted menu from an immensely creative and talented Chef.
Born and raised in Thailand, Chef Anan Tumya began his culinary journey with food art and sculpting, and continued his journey adding insanely delicious flavours to his art. Being daring with the taste is Anan’s biggest strength, and on many occasions diners have been overheard saying that they have never come across such unique combinations anywhere in Thailand.
Starting his career in Thailand in 2003, Anan’s skills and quietly vivacious personality took him overseas to Malaysia, China, Goa, India, Muscat, The Maldives and finally Dubai. In fifteen years, Anan has won hearts and raked in a host of awards and accolades, including the recent Platinum and Diamond Award at ‘The Art of Thai Culinary 2017’ and a special acknowledgment from the Royal Thai Consulate-General Dubai. One of his numerous recent achievements has been the opening of Wise Kwai Restaurant in Dubai. Within just a few months, he brought it to the coveted Number #1 spot on TripAdvisor for best Thai restaurant in Dubai, beating 9,101 others.
A master of beautiful presentation, Anan uses his artistic prowess and skill to cook up popular Thai street food dishes such as Som Tam (Thai green papaya salad), Khao Pad (Thai fried rice with fried egg and a meat of your choice), Gang Dang / Kiew Wan Tao Hu, Gai, Neua, Rue Gung (green or red curry with meats of your choice), and desserts like Mango sticky rice and coconut cream.
With Chef Anan at the helm, The Backyard is hosting an exclusive Thai Street Food Festival during Dubai Food Festival, on three consecutive Saturdays – 24th February, 3rd and 10th March. Live cooking stations, serving up a bountiful collection of Bangkok’s street food, along with special beverages, and a one-hour cooking class by the Chef himself will be held at the hotel’s eclectic outdoor venue. Foodies and ardent Thai food lovers will enjoy the expansive open terrace with twinkling overhead lights and an unparalleled view of the Dubai Canal, along with all things Thai including express Thai massage corners, Thai music and Karaoke and much more.