Certainly, I did not come up with the name of this location… And when I asked the hostess where the name came from, she didn’t have a specific answer. Still, strange mental food images aside, the venue is an absolute delight (and one that doesn’t have a website that I can link to, so here is the Facebook page). Much like other restaurants in this category, one can expect a loft-like interior with chic seating, and high-end imported groceries and cookbooks available for purchase. There is also a dedicated child’s area, and a large seating area in the rear of the venue (honestly, a lot more space than I originally expected).
So, what about the food? Well, on Day #3 of being open, I am happy to report it is quite good. For our breakfast visit, I ordered the Crushed Avocados (served with chili, lime and chia seeds, AED48), while Hubs ordered the Breakfast Burger (AED55). I’d call the current breakfast menu a bit sparse, but there is certainly something for everyone. While I tend to prefer sourdough or a more substantial bread as a base for my avocado, the brioche was certainly fresh and the amount of avocado was substantial (although the chia seeds added nothing in particular). Would I like to see a poached egg on top of my avocado? Sure, I would…but for a just opened venue, I’m willing to give them a break. Hubs was happy with his order, but like many a Dubai expat, lamented the fact that veal bacon was served (a poor substitute for pork).
Overall, I found the service and ambiance to be above average (especially considering they’ve more or less just opened). I liked the selection of the menu, but felt the prices were about 20% too high. On our ride home, Hubs and I discussed what we felt would have been appropriate and we both came up with the same number… AED120. Although we were willing to concede a second cup of cappuccino added to our AED167 bill, we thought prices could easily be reduced to get a true sense of value for money. If the restaurant does not want to change their costs, I would suggest adding a bit more to their dishes to give a greater sense of value (i.e. a plate of fruit, mushrooms, or pastry).
All this being said, I would definitely go back and give lunch a chance. The location is a nice change from busy Al Wasl or Beach Road.