Proper Thai at Café Isan

This cosy, casual spot in Dubai’s JLT serves Thai like no other in the city

Proper Thai at Café Isan
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You can go on a tour of cool bars and classy restaurants or take your pick from a roster of takeaways in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

One of the area’s true gems, however, is Café Isan. This cosy venue serves up terrific tastes from Isan, the region in North Eastern Thailand from which it takes its name.

Food here is lighter than in most Thai restaurants, the curries and soups are clear rather than coconut-based, though they certainly pack a bit more spice.

The spring rolls are crammed with plenty of vegetables and a lovely chilli sauce, and you can even opt for a chocolate version for dessert (don’t judge until you’ve tried, it’s delicious.).

Café Isan is a real labour of love for its owners and that passion comes through in the excellent service and quality food. The prices are very reasonable, too, which is why it has picked up a Time Out Dubai Restaurant Award for Best Budget back in 2017.
Open Sun-Wed noon-10pm; Thu-Sat noon-11pm. Cluster M, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, (056 618 5785).

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