LeTen is one of those restaurants that everyone seems to know about that I have somehow missed (for years). As I’m a routine enjoyer of Shake Shack when visiting Dubai Mall (and a fan of keeping traditions), it was therefore nice to force myself to try something different. Tucked away from the bustling crowds on the second floor is LeTen, known for their modern Asian dining.
While I’m invited for the recently launched lunch special, it looks to provide entirely too much food, so I decide to opt for an ala carte selection. I’ve been told that the Lettuce Rolls with Japanese Sesame dressing, AED35 are out of this world. With two basic ingredients (lettuce and sauce), it is a memorable dish (and one I would definitely order again). I follow this up with Wasabi Prawn, AED60 which are delivered (uniquely) atop small rounds of watermelon. While I’ve not seen this presentation previously, a refreshing bite of fruit is exactly what is needed after a spicy bite of prawn (honestly, I would totes steal this plating if I was another restaurant). My next dish doesn’t deliver quite as strongly. The Curry Mayo Chicken Bites, AED45, in theory, are going to be good, but have a strange bit of coating that almost taste like a layer of cracker (not in a good way). While the sauce is tasty and the cook on the chicken is correct, the overall weird texture puts me off. And finally, I decide on a new style of chicken I’ve not tried previously, Espresso Chicken drumlets, AED52. The bitterness is just enough to play off the sweetness in the sauce. Kudos to the kitchen for doing something no one else is (and doing it well).
In the end, as a solo diner, I have sufficient leftovers to easily have the entire meal again (the team is kind enough to pack up everything for me). Thus, the value for money here is probably one of the best within the mall.
Should you go out of your way for a meal here? I suppose… I mean, the food delivers, but I personally prefer next door neighbor Parker’s. However, if you are looking for decent Asian options, serving sizes, value for money, and attentive service, then LeTen might be for you.
Anything I missed?