Café Isan

Pocket-friendly Thai restaurant in JLT that serves absolutely cracking authentic dishes
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Time Out Says

For laid-back Thai dining, Café Isan is a must-visit. In 2019 this popular spot relocated to just across the lake in JLT to Cluster B, and now has a petite indoor area and a space on the terrace for outdoor dining, that’s more often than not, heaving with hungry diners.

Service is fantastic and friendly, and we suggest you listen to their expert recommendations when it comes to dishes (especially in terms of spice levels).

The food is consistently delicious and it’s a top spot for a casual meal, whether you’re taking a quick lunch break by the lake or going for a relaxed date night.

The flavours are fresh and lighter than typical Thai dishes, as they are from Isan in north eastern Thailand. And if you like your food spicy you’re in for a treat – these pack a real punch.

A lot of the dishes can be made vegan-friendly, too, so the cute restaurant caters for all tastes.

Don’t miss the spring rolls, which are delightfully crisp and not at all greasy – careful you don’t overdo it though, you need to pace yourself with the amount of goodies on offer here.

The chicken satay is perfectly tender with a crunchy peanutty sauce that’s incredibly moreish, while the Isan-style papaya salad is wonderfully fresh, tangy and garlicky.

From the mains the Thai curries are classics and you can’t go wrong with any of them, but a special shout out goes to the massaman, which is rich, creamy and jam-packed full of flavour.

For a twist on a staple, try the Isan-style pad Thai, with vermicelli noodles in an omelette basket. It’s bursting with taste and is a showstopping noodle dish.

Fuss-free, friendly, fun and fantastic, you can’t get better Thai food in Dubai than this, which is why it is our Best Thai Restaurant in Dubai, 2020.

By Time Out staff  | 21 Apr 2020

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
Dress CodeCasuals
11:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday: 11:30 AM to 10:00 PMMonday: 11:30 AM to 10:00 PMTuesday: 11:30 AM to 10:00 PMWednesday: 11:30 AM to 10:00 PMThursday: 11:30 AM to 11:00 PMFriday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PMSaturday: 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Show number 04 557 9778
Dubai, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Waterfront, Cluster B, (Lake View Tower - دبي - United Arab Emirates

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