LèTen is located on the second floor of Dubai Mall right next to Parker’s and TGIF. The restaurant has the most mesmerizing interior with a gorgeously lavish chandelier and a focus wall filled with ceramic bowls, kettles and plates. We truly felt the interiors had the vibe of a modern dining restaurant and were pleased with the high ceilings that imparted an appreciated spaciousness. They have all the makings of a Chinese restaurant right with nuances like the red parasol at the entry to the patterned wooden screens.
The outdoor section is as great an option as well with a beautiful setting of large cushioned couches covered with sun umbrellas. You can enjoy a beautiful view with a part of the Dubai fountain. Sadly we couldn’t be seated here because of the rising summer temperatures.
We dropped in to try the new Spring menu at the restaurant. This menu has two sets with varying choices and we decided to try set 2 during our visit which serves a group of 2 people. We were quite pleased with the portions of the dish and the food service was incredibly quick.
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~ Chicken satay – Definitely a great dish to begin our meal with. The chicken satay skewers were cooked perfectly and served with the traditional peanut dipping sauce. It also had a hint of freshness with diced cucumber and onion salad on the side.
~ Chilli prawn – We quite liked the presentation of this dish with stir fried jumbo prawns in a chilli crab sauce. The flavours were nice but we wished the chilli had been a bit more powerful so requested for some of their chilli sauce on the side.
~ Stir fried eggplant with minced chicken – This dish was the one which we were least excited to try but were most pleased with on our very first bite. The combination of eggplant and chicken didn’t sound as thrilling in the beginning but one bite in and we knew it absolutely worked! We loved the flavour of the mince on top that is cooked with mushrooms, onions, red chilli, garlic and red bean paste. The sauce was phenomenal and paired so well with a bowl of steamed rice on the side.
~ Espresso drumlets – This was a unique dish and we have never had the opportunity to try these flavours before. Chicken drumsticks are fried and coated with espresso sauce and almond flakes. Then dish smelled heavenly as the waiter placed it before us. It was certainly interesting but also confusing as our palette couldn’t figure out whether it was a main or dessert 😛
~ Mango sago pomelo – This was a humble dessert made with mango, sago and pomelo. It had a bitter sweet taste from the addition of the pomelo into the mix.
We simply couldn’t resist ordering a couple of items from the main menu as well.
~ Drinks – We tried two mocktails from the menu. The Mojitomato was a spin off on a regular mojito with unique ingredient pairing. It had cherry tomatoes and redberry fruit mix along with lime, basil and soda. The other one was the Peach physalis lemonade. This had physalis and slices of peach in it as well that we gobbled up at the end of our drink :-D. Both were quite refreshing and provided a bit of relief along with our heavy meal.
~ Poached prawn wonton with Szechuan chilli oil – We knew we had to try them when we stopped these wontons on the menu. They are served with a spicy szechuan pepper chilli oil but we felt there wasn’t enough heat in the dish. Somehow the dish did not live up to our expectations.
~ Szechuan kungpo chicken fillet with cashew nuts – I am a sucker for cashews in dishes and were most pleased with their version. Stir fried chicken fillet was cooked tenderly and tossed in a vinegar sauce with chillies and cashews. Definitely one dish that we will come back for again 🙂
~ Classic chao mien – We quite like these dark noodles tossed with egg. Stir fried in dark soy, the noodles are served with shredded cabbage and carrots. We liked the flavours and enjoyed eating them by themselves but they also paired well with the other dishes on the table.