Merlion’s King | Dubai

I remember years ago when talks of a new city within a city was to be built and years down the line, we now have Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT). Albeit still in an infinite construction phase, the community and the never-ending traffic woes is home to expats of U.A.E and clusters away many, many cafes & restaurants, and one such is Merlion’s King.

Merlion, a national personification of Singapore is a mythical creature with a head of a lion and body of a fish thus, the fitting name for a restaurant which caters Singaporean delicacies with a homemade touch in Dubai.

An open pan kitchen offers, what one can imagine a street view of the eateries in Singapore, while the chefs wok up delicious ingredients. It also provides a sight of the owners who are well involved, which in turn is noticed with the service and food served up at Merlion’s.

My fingers dive into a plate of prawns coated in a blend of spices which is deep-fried and served with a creamy dip. A satay is never far from a far eastern menu and the chicken chunks, although petite in size packs in a punch of flavors which compliments the nutty-chunky peanut sauce, rice cubes and sliced cucumbers.

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I love noodle and a good curry. What’s even better you may ask? It’s the combination of both.The Chicken Laksa with its creamy coconut curry base, tofu, a boiled egg, tender slices of chicken and rice noodles is a filling meal on its own considering the sizable portion.

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The egg Fried Rice served with finely chopped vegetables and herbs which was well consumed with a leafy green dish served with fried garlic, dried prawns, chilies and prawn paste to serve up a Kang Kong.

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The nuttiness along with the sweet and sour taste made up the Sweet and Sour Chicken dish with tender cubes of chicken dipped in an airy batter and tossed in a mesmerizing sauce mixed with colorful fresh peppers and onions.

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A favorite staple, the Singaporean Chilli Crab was robust with a flavorsome punch provided by the ginger, garlic; red chilies and a special Merlion’s King blend of spices. Immense in quantity, but low on crab meat for a size as massive as pictured. Autentic? Hard to judge, but priced well for the quality served.

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For quick service, homely cooking and a glimpse into Singaporean cuisine all for an affordable price and massive quantity visit Merlion’s King in JLT, Dubai.


Merlion’s King, JLT, Dubai
Located at Shop no. G-11, Platinum Tower, Podium Level, Cluster I
Jumeirah Lake Towers
Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
+971 52 872 4669.

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