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Urban Bistro, Dubai Media City
Highly Commended for Best Café
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An urban hotspot if there ever was one, Urban Bistro is an impressive, buzzing cafe with a cool bookshop-meets-warehouse style interior. As one would expect from a Media City café, the clientele is predominantly made up of media types, and as a result the service is very fast, knowledgeable and efficient. The menu is small but perfectly formed, offering everything from gourmet salads - which you can mix and match - mini sandwiches and soup, to heartier courses like wagyu beef and lasagne. For something healthy, try the Asian chicken salad, which is a glorious concoction of lightly grilled chicken, crunchy salad and peanuts whipped together in a light dressing. Portion sizes are also generous, without being too much to clear.
Open Sun-Thu 7am-10pm, Fri & Sat 9am-6pm. CNN Building (Building 2), Media City, (04 362 4330).

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