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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.