Inside Streetery, Dubai’s new Asian food hall

Streetery Food Hall, JLT

Streetery Food Hall brings together Thai, Chinese and Singaporean cuisines in a lively food market environment, unlike anything you’ve seen in Dubai before.

Enter and you’re immediately hit with incredible smells, bustling live kitchens and chalkboard menus hoisted on the walls (there are iPad menus too, because Dubai). Hosts explain the concept to us in plain terms – have a walk around, decide on the dishes you want to order and then pay at a counter, food court style. If you’ve lived or holidayed in South East Asia, the hawker market concept is a familiar one that’s so hot right now.

Streetery’s menus are diverse and centred around three different concepts – Zen (Thai), Fat Aunt’s (curries, dim sum and build-your-own noodles) and Hing Kee (barbecue and grills). The three stalls work well together and allow you to build up a range of small dishes, big dishes and desserts to suit most tastes.

We find four to five dishes between two people is about the right amount – your major challenge is deciding what to order. Food is brought to your table as and when it’s ready. It’s a true street food concept and works well for a casual date night or a group of friends eating out together.

Streetery Food Hall, JLT

Standouts include the lime pepper fried chicken (AED 34), Thai barbecue chicken (AED 32), Szechuan vegetable dumplings (AED 25) and scallion pancakes (AED 14). Packed with plenty of crunch, the four-piece portion of fried chicken is great value. Szechuan vegetable dumplings, a dish that can often be overbearing, has just the right amount of fire and tang. Scallion pancakes are a perfect side to mop up any leftover sauce and the sweet honey drizzle provides a fantastic point of difference against a very savoury menu.

Only the choice of music in Streetery could use a little work. The Western radio pop hits really stood out against the Asian food hall concept and outdoors, the Bluetooth speaker also kept cutting out, which is a little off-putting. Perhaps a more Asian inspired soundtrack would lift the otherwise excellent ambience.

The latest opening from the owners of Zen in Business Bay, Streetery has all the hallmarks of being a great addition to the JLT food scene. The attention to detail, fantastic quality of produce, diverse menu and chilled out seating come together in an excellent fashion to create a memorable dining experience.

Streetery Food Hall, Cluster D, Jumeirah Lakes Towers. 11am-11pm daily. Approx AED 150 for two. 04 587 3373.

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