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Tom & Serg, Al Quoz
Best Newcomer
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This Al Quoz café has quickly built up quite a buzz around the city, with its warehouse-style interior and carefree styling. Tom & Serg feels airy, with ample room between the tables scattered on both floors of the glass-fronted venue. The menu isn’t overly large but still covers a good range of dishes, split into breakfast fare (served all day on weekends), ‘PM food’ for afternoon eats, sandwiches, plus sides and desserts. Portions are very generous, even with the salads – the ‘super salad’ heaped with big chunks of soft ripe avocado, tasty strips of chicken and crunchy sprouts. As for mains, the herb-crumbed cod with green lentils is equally substantial, with the light and crisp coating making for a satisfying texture. We’re rather impressed with Tom & Serg – prices are decent and service is friendly and refreshingly unfussy. No wonder this place was the talk of the town when it first opened.
Open daily 8am-4pm. Al Joud Centre, Al Quoz, (04 338 8934).

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