Som Tum is the 'national' dish in the Isan Region of Thailand, so it will come as no surprise that we feature it on our menu - a speciality of ours, we craft more than 12 variations of this popular Papaya-based Thai salad. At present we serve Som Tum Thai, Som Tum Isan, Som Tum Tang, Som Tum Pon Lamai (fruits), Som Tum Thad, Som and Tum Tua. Want to eat clean and try a genuine Isan taste - #somtum is for you! If you are vegan (je) we can accommodate you, too!
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Café Isan was stunned to pick up the winner's award for "Best Budget" Restaurant at the Time Out Dubai 2017 Restaurant Awards.
Our Tum Yum & Soups are a vital part of the Isan Thai diet - traditionally spicy, and popular with those wishing to eat healthy - the tastes range from hot and sour (Tom Yum), to the subtle light and fragrant flavour of Gang Jurd Tawhoo Gai Sab, which is traditionally given to people feeling under the weather in the Isan Region of Thailand. We've added an Isan staple, 'Om' - which can be eaten as a clear curry with rice or even as a soup
You can also order our food online at Zomato, Deliveroo & UberEats
Isan desserts (kanom) can best be described as sweet and colourful - typically made from rice powder, coconut, coconut milk and an assortment of Thai fruits, combined and prepared in ingenious ways. Despite their colourful appearance, all colour is achieved naturally from the fruits - nothing artificial whatsoever is added.
Guay Tod (banana fritter), Deep Fried Chocolate Spring Rolls, Nam Keng Sai, Mango & Pandan Sticky Rice and Bua Loi Kha Wan are featured on our menu.
Our eclectic interiors include comfy sofas, casual stools, high bar seating and a group dining area, together with our friendly service means you'll feel right at home at Café Isan whether you're visiting us for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Our restaurant overlooks JLT's West Lake.
- Pets are welcome in the outside lounge
- Scrabble, Jenga (Tumbling Tower), Puzzles, Dominos, Thai and English books & magazines
- Smokers welcome in the outside lounge
- Kid & family-friendly (we don't mind a bit of noise)
- Attitude & ego-free zone (This is Thailand, after all)!
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In Thailand we love our deep fried crispy food as much as our healthier salads, whether it's our perfectly crispy spring rolls, whole Mackerel, Thai herb marinade chicken wings or our Nua Dad Deow (sun-dried beef strips in garlic), if you share the passion, you'll find what you're looking for right here.
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From fresh, whole young coconut water to our home-brewed Iced Roselle Tea, our drinks are natural and provide specific health benefits; the fresh young coconuts are a great way to rehydrate; Roselle Tea, which is made from the buds of Hibiscus flowers has been used in rural Thailand for centuries to lower blood pressure; our orange juice is packed with vitamin C, is squeezed fresh each day and is served unsweetened.
Now that the summer weather has started here in JLT, Dubai - pop in and grab yourself a fresh coconut and ask about our fresh juices. We buy the fresh fruit daily such as Watermelon, Apple, Dragon Fruit, Orange and can also prepare mix the fruits with Ginger, Mint and any other fresh ingredients we have on the day.
Feel free to ask Chef New (owner), B or Chef WaWa if you have any questions.
We deliver free of charge midday - 11pm (including during ramadan 2017) with no minimum order to:
Barsha Heights (TECOM)
Dubai Media City
Dubai Internet City
Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)
Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT)
AED 75 minimum order
Al Barsha 1, 2 & 3
Jebel Ali Village
Sun - Mon midday - 11pm (10.45PM LAST ORDERS)
For Thai Food Delivery in Dubai call: 045135289 or 0566185785
Our Thai Green Curry has been an instant hit, with some folks ordering it every day, switching between the jumbo prawns and chicken option. So much so - we launched our very own loyalty programme, #thaigreencurryclub to reward you.
Due to popular demand, Panang and Massaman curries are now on our menu (Massaman Gai, pictured). We hope you enjoy them a much as our TGC. Let us know.
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"The Colonel's Noodle" is an exclusive beef noodle recipe we prepare under the meticulous guidance of one of Thailand’s former top Colonel’s, who started his noodle franchise to support the farmers of the Isan region. Café Isan is the ONLY Thai restaurant in Dubai (and the middle east) to serve the Colonel's secret noodle recipe! Packed with freshness and flavour... like Ginseng & Coriander root, Thai Cinnamon and Star Anis, which is combined with succulent beef and rice noodles to create this sweetly spiced genuinely authentic dish.
Another noodle dish is our very own "Pad Mee Isan" - the Isan version of the Thai favourite "Pad Thai."
More than a restaurant - Café Isan is a home from home for Dubai and the UAE's Thai community. Have a day off? Meet new friends & chat, read Thai books & magazines, listen to Thai & Morlum music, use the noticeboard and be a part of our upcoming community events. Get connected with the vibrant Thai community here in Dubai, UAE. Café Isan is the number one choice for Thai people in Dubai because we serve original Thai food.