Dubai’s first North Eastern Thai Cafe

We decided to drop by for some dinner since we were craving Thai food.

Located at one of the corners in JLT, this is a hidden gem not to be missed out on. The café has a homely vibe with a laidback setting with mixed color couches, chairs and bench like seating. The décor is minimal but crafty giving it an elegant and chic look. We would love to have a home that looked like this.


It is run by two passionate women who wanted to bring the flavors of Isan to Middle East. Isan is part of the North Eastern region of Thailand. The surprising fact is that Isan is a hidden gem yet to be explored by tourists. The restaurant has won the timeout award last year for being the best budgeted restaurant that should help you making better decisions while deciding your lunch!


Rating: 8 Golden Nuggets

Bite Board

Drinks: We tried the lemon and lemongrass ice tea. Both are good drinks for a detox and refreshing to balance the meal but not something we would pick on a regular basis. It just us with the taste, since we prefer something sweeter to sip on.

Red Curry Wings: The wings were delicious with the sweet chili sauce but did not pack enough heat for us.

CI_Beef Sausage

Beef Sausage: An Isan specialty made with fermented garlic, sticky rice and wrapped in banana leaves. Usually eaten raw back in Isan but here the cooked version is pretty dang good as well. We were in love with the tenderness and the texture, just how we like our meat. We definitely recommend to try this out.

The Beef Hustler: The traditional Thai dish with jasmine rice, basil stir fry topped with a fried egg.

CI_Cashew Chicken

Cashew Chicken: Your regular Asian food dipped in sweet and sour sauce, garnished with bell peppers.

Lisa was a great host. Everything was just perfect.

Cash Outflow:
For the quality and quantity offered, the pricing is reasonable.


Circling Back:
We are coming back soon for more of the beef sausage.

Cafe Isan- Northeastern Thai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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