Breakfast is a serious deal here in the Emirates and after two slightly mediocre outings (Common Grounds, Taste Kitchen), I wanted something truly satisfying. And, for once, I was willing to drive to make this happen. Stopping into the Ace on SZR, both the nearby Limetree and Tom&Serg gave me some pause, but I decided to carry on to Burj Views and stop in at Clinton Street Bakery, a restaurant that has long been on my list. First positive interaction? Lots of free parking! There is a parking lot near Burj Views which I easily pulled into (I know, a true foodie probably wouldn’t let something like parking get in the way, but when it’s 40C out, I want to be close to my car). Second positive interaction? The staff! While I was not in the restaurant more than 30 minutes, each person I crossed paths with was smiling, positive and proactive. Third positive interaction? Well, dork that I am, I do love Michael Buble, and firmly approve of his music being played inside.
From co-owners Neil and Dede:
Our downtown Dubai location is comfortable and humble; in the morning it smells like blueberry muffins and fresh ground coffee; in the evening, buttermilk fried chicken and waffles. All day and night it sounds like latin-southern-blue note jazz with a New York vibe that you can feel the second you walk in.
While I was not specifically transported to the streets of New York, I was certainly appreciative of the vibe.
Looking ahead online, I thought I would order the Buttermilk biscuit sandwich (you can take the Southern out of the States, y’all, but when presented with eggs and biscuits…), but upon arrival, the Farmers breakfast (soft scrambled eggs, chicken apple sausage, farmhouse cheese, herb roasted tomatoes, sourdough toast) was loudly calling my name. At AED62, it is not the cheapest breakfast date in town, but I can guarantee you will be full for hours afterward. As I happily dug into my brekkie, I thought a bit of butter would go nicely with my toast. When requested, the waitress asked, ‘Would you also like jam?’ Of course I did, and was rewarded with some yummy raspberry preserves. As I read my book, the contents of the plate slowly disappeared, and I wanted for nothing.
While I dined solo, I had a chance to check out the scenery…which, while pretty basic, gets the job done. After all, what more does one need than a table and chairs and utensils? If there was anything to improve on here, I would suggest the management to perhaps reach out to local artists and see about throwing up some funky prints on the wall. A bit of color could add something a bit more dynamic to the mostly blank white walls.
Upon returning home, I informed Hubs that rather than do our usual Dubai Mall trip (lunch at Shake Shack), for our next visit, we would go early and return for breakfast at Clinton Street Baking Company (or, more unlikely, try the Burj Views Flywheel, rather than our usual Gold & Diamond park location). I would happily bring friends back here for any meal.
Finally, I realize it’s probably a bit unfair to other restaurants to give a rating based on one (awesome) plate. However, seeing some of the other (trustworthy) Dubai foodies who have visited and had a similar reaction, I will stand by my choice.
Certainly, there are a lot of US imports on the Dubai dining scene, but more like these — please!