Restaurant Review:
Prax's

Jumeirah 1
​Barsha Heights / Tecom

Prax’s, a bright and cozy outlet in Barsha Heights, attempts to bring the effervescence of the big and bustling city of Shanghai to Dubai! Friendly faces greet you as you enter the neon-shaded décor and get a whiff of the delicious aromas wafting from the open kitchen. Whether you order for takeaway or dine in the restaurant itself, your food will be served in sturdy Chinese takeout boxes (which really delighted one half of Stamps and Stubs who used to watch protagonists in American TV shows and movies eat out of these boxes and wanted to do the same)!  
With regard to the food you have a choice of either going freestyle, as per Prax’s terminology, where you customize your own meal or leaving it to the Chef to prepare one of the Chef’s style meals on offer. With some help and lots of stories from the very pleasant and loquacious Manager, Mr. Andre, our order was as follows:

Appetizers

  • Papaya Salad
  • Chicken Siu Mai
  • Prawn Spring Rolls

Mains (We both went freestyle)

  • Soba Noodles with Chicken and Prawn in a mild Green Curry. Toppings included mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, basil and coriander.
  • Egg Fried Rice with Chicken in a Medium spiced Chili Basil sauce. Toppings included corn, fried garlic, red cabbage and onions.
Let’s begin with the appetizers; the papaya salad was full of zest and freshness however it was a little too heavy on the onion. We enjoyed the Chicken Siu Mai but it was the crisp Prawn Spring rolls that won us over completely! The Lay’s chips tagline of “No one can eat just one” kept playing in our heads while we feasted on these spring rolls!
We loved our mains! Going freestyle really worked for us and the suggestions from Mr. Andre were spot on. Another commendable aspect of Prax’s is the sizeable quantity that the boxes pack; in fact, you may not be able to finish your entire main in one sitting.

Desserts

  • Date & Caramel
  • Coconut & Ginger

You cannot leave Prax’s without trying their desserts. We must admit that we had our reservations about the coconut and ginger version, because we’re not very fond of ginger-based desserts. But how wrong we were! Both the puddings were creamy, enjoyable and unique. We kept alternating between the two and every bite left us wanting more!
Prax’s has another outlet in the UAE in Jumeirah 1 and is perfect for residents of both areas and the office crowd around Barsha Heights. We look forward to trying out other combinations at Prax’s and definitely recommend the restaurant for people looking for simple yet very flavorful, great tasting Chinese and Thai food.