Vietnamese Foodies – the homegrown Dubai-based gem serving authentic Vietnamese health food – has opened a second location in Downtown Dubai following the success of its first JLT outpost. Join The Huntr as we take a closer look…
With an impressive address opposite the main entrance to the world’s tallest skyscraper, Vietnamese Foodies is bringing its authentic, healthy and delicious Vietnamese cuisine to the well-heeled Downtown Dubai neighbourhood. Bigger than its older sister in JLT, the new location offers a plethora of seating options for small, medium and large groups, with simple wooden tables and chairs, a gorgeous open kitchen and overall, a very simple aesthetic (minus the OTT views of the Burj Khalifa from the windows).
Food-wise, the menu on offer is all about authentic Vietnamese cuisine – which is quite often naturally organic, paleo and gluten-free. There’s also a dedicated menu for vegetarians and vegans and children. The staff are almost exclusively Vietnamese and you will quite often catch the owner Lily (pictured in the gallery above) on hand ready to muck in with her team and make sure her customers are well looked after. The prices are also extremely reasonable.
To start, we opted for Khai Vi Thap Cam (44AED) – a delicious sharing plate of rice paper shrimp rolls, chicken spring rolls, grilled duck sausages, crispy prawn ravioli and chicken satay skewers and the Goi Cuon Khoa Lang Chay (18AED) – vegan rolls with sweet potato, eggplant, zucchini and hoisin sauce, which were delicious, fresh and crunchy. For the main event we ordered a medium portion of Pho Ga Xe (45AED), which is a delightful (and popular) Vietnamese authentic Pho noodle soup featuring a 14-hour broth with shredded chicken thighs and served with a bean sprout and herb platter and chili-hoisin sauce. Plus the chef’s signature Vit Nuong Hoisin (56AED) – tender, grilled duck breast in hoisin sauce served with crispy duck skin, stir-fry vegetables, pickled kimchi and jasmine steamed rice. To end the meal on a sweet note we shared the Bahn Flan (19AED), a creme caramel creation with just the right sweetness.
Drinks-wise, Vietnamese Foodies is alcohol-free and offers some traditional Vietnamese drinks alongside soft drinks and water. We opted for the Nuoc Sam (11AED), a refreshing Vietnamese herbal tea with la han guo, camomile and pandan leaves and the lemongrass and pandan leave detox water – Nuoc La Dua Sa (11AED). We also couldn’t resist pairing dessert with Vietnamese Foodies’ speciality coffee cold brew creations and opted for the original (17AED) and the cold brew with milk (19AED).
Insider tips: Accessible from Dubai Mall metro station link to Burj Vista Residence. Order online for delivery. Open daily from 11am until 10.30pm on weekdays and 11pm on weekends.