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The Lime Tree Café, Jumeirah Beach Road
Nominated for Best Café
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A Kiwi concept café located in the heart of Jumeirah 1, Lime Tree is a busy, bustling spot popular with families, couples and large groups of friends. There is no set or physical menu to look at - all the food options are displayed in huge glass cabinets, and clearly labelled, beside the cashier desk. You queue to order, choosing from a range of salads, sandwiches, or heartier options, pay at the cashier and receive a number to display on your table where the staff then deliver it. Service is friendly, super quick and very efficient and the food equally impressive. The halloumi and couscous salad is a standout; the portion size is perfect and the ingredients fresh and tasty. Another great dish is the mouth-watering New Zealand beef ciabatta sandwich. The desserts are a bit hit-and-miss, though. If you go for the chocolate brownie, expect a taste explosion, but the chocolate sand dune cake is slightly bland.
Open daily 7.30am-6pm. Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, www.thelimetreecafe.com (04 349 8498).


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