Walking distance from the DMCC metro station, Streetery JLT Dubai offers up something totally different to JLT’s dining scene in the shape of a dedicated Asian food hall. Join The Huntr as we present a closer look…
A stone’s throw from The Huntr’s favourite Vietnamese Foodies you will find Streetery Food Hall by Zen. From the outside, red neon lights proudly display the three concepts and cuisines on offer. There’s a Thai/Chinese counter called Zen, Fat Aunt’s, which serves up dim sum, Hong Kong cart noodles, malay curries and rotis and Hing Kee – a BBQ and roast counter offering a mix of Thai, Malay and Singaporean dishes.
Once inside, your senses are overtaken by the mouth-watering smells of various Asian ingredients and the energetic action taking place across the three kitchens. The interiors are modern and stark with more neon lights. Chalkboards display the ever-changing menus and dishes, and guests can tour the three counters, select the items they want and then pay for all of them at the cashier. There are ample vegetarian options, small plates, main courses and desserts available. It’s the perfect place to meet a big group of friends or enjoy a casual lunch or dinner solo.
The Huntr visited for a midweek dinner with 3 friends. To start, we sampled the Chicken Soup Dumpling (25AED for 6 pieces) – freshly steamed dumplings stuffed with chicken, and the SzechuanWondon Beef (32AED for 6 pieces), beef dumplings with a mildly spicy Szechuan sauce. Plus some Scallion Pancakes (14AED) and the pepper lime rendition of the Hat Yai Asian Fried Chicken (29AED for 4 pieces). Everything was delicious, fresh and perfect for whetting one’s appetite. On to the main event and we ordered Dry Pineapple Curry with Malay Roti (29AED), Char Siu Beef on Rice (40AED) – which was the star of the show and comprises slow-cooked beef short rib finished on the grill, glazed with char siu sauce and served with jasmine rice and bok choy. Plus the Prawn Penang Curry (37AED) – a mildly spicy Thai curry with a delicious taste of coconut and curry sauce served with jasmine rice and lastly the delicious stir-fried Chicken Kung Pao (36AED).
For dessert, we opted to share the Sticky Rice with Mango (26AED) and the Water Chestnut in Coconut Milk (26AED) – both dishes are Thai delicacies that are not to be missed and feature just the right amount of sweetness. Plus the Malaysian/Singaporean dessert Ondeh Ondeh (29AED) – glutinous rice balls with nuts and coconut sauce.
Drinks-wise Streetery is alcohol-free and offers a variety of soft drinks and Asian specialities. We opted for the Thai Iced Coffee, Iced Tamarind and Iced Hibiscus.
Insider tips: Free WiFi is available. Streetery is open daily from 11am until 11pm. Outside seating is also available.