Dubai plays host to a number of pan-Asian and fusion restaurants that ooze sophistication and oh-so-delicate dishes.
But if you want to load up on authentic Asian street food with no fuss, there are loads of no-frills, wonderful restaurants in Dubai that will bring you all the authentic flavours of South-east Asia, from Thailand to Korea or China and loads in between.
From crispy Korean chicken wings to colourful made-to-order wok creations, these places will have you feeling like you’re wandering down a bustling street in Asia.
The brainchild of three guys from Dubai who are passionate about Asian street food, Wok Boyz is an explosion of Asian artistic creation, both in the menu and in the loud and colourful design of the cafe. ‘Freestyle’ your own wok special with your choice of base, veggies, sauces and protein and see it cooked right there in front of you.
This awesomely authentic Asian food hall has been causing a stir ever since it opened in JLT back in January. Pick from vendors with quirky names like Fat Aunts, King Hee or Zen, then perch up at one of the rustic tables with colourful chairs and devour your favourite Asian dish with wooden chopsticks.
Love your Ramen bowls? You need to check out Daikun Ramen, the walk-in bar in JLT, where you can get the noodle treat alongside traditional Asian Bao Buns. It might not be the fanciest restaurant inside, but it’s definitely up there with some of the best Ramen around.
Mango Tree in JBR is more of a restaurant than a quick grab and go, but it’s well worth it for their delicious Thai street food dishes. Head there on a Wednesday for unlimited dishes served from 7pm till 9pm for Dhs99 per person, with dishes like crispy spring rolls to start and Pad Thai for main. They also have a daily happy hour from 5pm to 7pm with drinks starting at Dhs28.
Savour the flavours of South Vietnam without worrying about your waistline at Vietnamese Foodies. Vietnamese Foodies is super health-conscious, using fresh vegetables and lean meat or seafood, cooked in water or 14-hour broth instead of cooking oil. There’s a branch in JLT and a recently opened second spot Downtown.
Asian5 promises fresh Asian street food with dishes from Thailand, China, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia. Vegans can get in on the action too as they have a number of special plates that definitely won’t compromise on taste.
24th St is worth a visit, not only for its expertly crafted Indian, Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisine, but for the atmosphere of the restaurant itself. The layout of food stations means you really will feel like you’re in an Asian food hall.