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Noodle Planet

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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published May 9th 2013
The best Thai in Dubai
Noodle Planet sounds like something from Toy Story, but the cuisine is far from infantile. Round corner from the infamous Irish village (where you'll find British expats because they legally sell affordable alcohol), is this traditional East-Asian restaurant where Thai, Malaysian and Philippine dishes are served. It doesn't look up to much, but we'd heard it's a diamond in the rough. The decor is definitely one to be desired: wooden benches, mirrors on the walls, menus are also stuck on the walls, and there are fairy lights handing from the ceiling. It's definitely an off-key venue, or as my sister diplomatically quipped: 'quirky'. I say stripped back, and basic. The lack of décor at least allowed the food to (rightly), take centre stage.

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Bowl of beef stew

There were seven of us dining (four adults and three children under nine years old), so there were plenty of appetites to satisfy. The menu did more than satiate however, the food was enjoyed by all, and even the fussiest seven year old of the group wanted more.

We tucked into a number of mains including a perfectly balanced - just enough cream for my liking - Chicken laksa, chilli beef, and stir-fried pak choi.

After such a satisfying meal we were happy to shell out the cash, but were pleasantly surprised when the bill arrived. It cost 330DHS in total, which included a drink, so about 7DHS per person.

The waiters are Malaysian and Philippino natives, and their English is somewhat broken so be clear in what you want to order.

Noodle Planet is slightly unusual, but terribly authentic you wouldn't think you're in the Middle East. With divine food, excellent value for money and a simple approach to dining we'll definitely be heading back.
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Why? For the best East-Asian cuisine in Dubai
When: 11:00-23:00
Where: Round the corner from the Irish Village
Cost: 330 DHS for seven people
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