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Welcome to Café Isan – Dubai’s only Isan, Thai Restaurant – now open in JLT

Café Isan is down-to-earth, vintage Thai inspired by the flavours and distinct character of northeastern Thailand (Isan): its food, people, and culture.

Thai owned and managed, the restaurant brings genuine Isan, Thai food to the Middle East’s Thai community, whilst playfully reinterpreting it in a way loyal to its roots for the rest of us.

More than a Thai restaurant Café Isan is a home from home for the UAE’s Thai community, as it was here Café Isan was born.

The Story
Owner and Executive Chef “New” started out cooking privately for Dubai’s Thai Community, who were under-represented food-wise. To her initial surprise (being self-taught) the demand was high, eventually leading to the opening of Café Isan in Jan 2016.

How does Isan, Thai food differ from Thai?
In general Isan, Thai food is lighter than standard Thai – especially when it comes to curries. Soups are clear as opposed to having a coconut base, and most dishes are traditionally spicier – Thai red chilli (crushed, dried or made into pastes).

About Isan
The Isan region of Thailand is 70% of the country and is its lush rural heartland – the land of farmers, ancient temples, festivals and the birthplace of Thai funk or ‘Morlum. ‘ Its people are notoriously warm, welcoming and embrace the lighter side of life. Karaoke is another regional passion, hence Café Isan’s group karaoke table!

Café Isan prides itself on serving only the freshest, handcrafted, delicately balanced dishes daily. We’re also committed to providing very high-quality food at great prices.

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