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Shakespeare and Co, Dubai Marina Mall
Nominated for Best Family
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It’s hard to concentrate at Shakespeare and Co as its distracting decor, complete with vintage furniture and trinkets, commands attention, with everything from the menus to the lampshades featuring a signature Victorian touch. If you can look past the fridges bustling with pretty, pastel coloured sorbets alongside displays of attractive homemade ice-cream, you’ll discover a promising menu offering soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, burgers and heartier dishes, such as the tender and delicious lamb shank, served with veggies and rice. While it can be difficult to get their attention, the staff aim to woo, especially when serving tea with a performance, holding cups at a great distance from the teapot to show off their skills. Try to keep room for dessert; although the full range is not on the menu, take your pick from the patisserie at the entrance. The chocolate éclair and caramelised puff pastry both pack a punch.
Open daily 7am-1am. Marina Mall, www.shakespeareandco.ae (04 457 4199).


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