Say nǐ hǎo to Long Teng Dubai – an affordable Chinese fine dining gem tucked away inside Business Bay…
The first thing you notice as you enter this restaurant is the huge wall decorated with Chinese writing, which our server later explained features all of the different words that describe the techniques in Chinese cooking. The second thing you notice is just how vast and opulent it is. Spread over three levels, the ground floor features a lounge vibe, the 1st floor houses the banquet hall and private rooms and the 5th floor is the main dining area where you will find the seafood display, kitchen and terrace. The different floors are accessible either by a lift or the stunning spiral staircase that made us think of a majestic Chinese dragon. Plus the outdoor terrace has a pretty view of Business Bay, Dubai Canal and the Burj Khalifa and they also serve shisha here – so it’s a great spot to while away an evening when Dubai’s temperatures permit.
Food-wise, it’s all about the incredible seafood and dim sum. The fish is fresher than fresh and plucked live from the restaurant’s aquariums, whilst the dim sum is handcrafted and some of the best we’ve tried…
The Huntr started with appetizers – first came the edamame with salt (28AED) and the steamed chicken with spring onion (28AED). To compliment these dishes, we were served jasmine tea. A crab meat and enoki mushroom soup (38AED) followed and totally blew us away – don’t miss it. Next came the cute and Instagram-worthy sticky rice dumplings shaped into birds (28AED). These adorable creations are filled with chicken and dry shrimp and totally delicious. We also tried the steamed egg custard buns (28AED), which look like Angry Birds. The moist bun filled with a salty, sweet filling will make your mouthwater. We highly recommend you try these.
On to the main event and The Huntr decided to sample the lobster, which comes straight from the aquarium and is priced at 390AED per 500g. The sweet and tender lobster meat is left to do the talking and only seasoned with salt and pepper. Divine. We also ordered the beef, Long Teng style. This dish is Angus beef served with lettuce wraps and a sweet sauce dip. Truly delightful. From the sides menu we selected the stir-fried asparagus (58AED), which was crunchy and tasty and the Long Teng style fried rice with chicken shrimps and mushroom (58AED).
The team was friendly and knowledgable about the menu, and the ambience, quality of dishes and price point all combine to make this one of The Huntr’s new top favourite spots. What are you waiting for? Add it to your hitlist, stat.
Insider tip: On Fridays, Long Teng run an all-you-can-eat Dim Sum deal for 128AED per person. It would be a crime not to check it out.