And it has used some of its wisdom to utilise an otherwise un-used area beyond the distrinctie indoor dining area to take advantage of the remaining cooler evenings.
And, like the food, that means an eye on authentic touches, from wooden pallet-fashioned tables and seating, a homemade Tiki Bar and even the odd wonky telegraph pole, minus the masses of electrical wires.
There are walls of shelves showcasing fresh herbs including mint and thyme, subtle fairy lighting and brightly coloured cushions.
The hotel (click on www.mustdodubai.com/blog/-art-is-at-the-heart-of-this-stylish-new-hotel-name for more) appeals to business travellers as well as Dubai leisure visitors seeking a stylish stay - the dusitD2 kenz defies its four-star rating - on a more appealing budget.
And it’s Wise Kwai restaurant has proven popular with both guests and residents living in the Barsha Heights - aka TECOM - neighbourhood.
With its vintage kitsch feel and dishes such as Larb gai – minced beef, chicken or squid in Thai North-eastern style; Gaeng Dang – red curry chicken, prawn or roasted duck with baby eggplant, pineapple and cherry tomatoes and Pla Rad Prik – deep fried fish with chilli, basil and kaffir lime, it has previously been ranked by TripAdvisor as one of the top 20 restaurants to visit in Dubai.
With a new South African executive chef operating at the hotel, expect more innovations, including something at ground floor Mediterranean restaurant Ostro.
In the meantime, Chef Jet is serving up some good value deals, such as the Early Bird Dinner; from 5.30-7.30 enjoy a two (AED55 per person, not inclusive of drinks) or three-course (AED65) set menu featuring the chef’s selection of signature Thai street food.
Also watch out for Curry Tuesdays, featuring a selection of flavourful Thai curries cooked to requested heat level with a range of authentic spices (AED55 per person, minus drinks); 7pm-10pm.
WISE Kwai opening times: Noon-3pm & 6.30pm-11pm (weekdays); Noon-11pm (weekends).
VISIT https://www.dusit.com/dusitd2/dubai/dining/Weekdays or www.wisekwai.com for more. Call (971)4 567 2247 to book.
FIND dusitD2 Kenz hotel beside Dubai Internet City metro station.
BOTH of the above restaurants feature on the current Entertainer Dubai 2018 app with 2-4-1 on main courses.