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Circle Café, Beach Park Plaza Centre

Nominated for Best Café 17 Comments

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Replete with candy-coloured stripy wallpaper, oversized white lampshades (that evoke tagliatelle/ribbons) and illustrations of Mae West alongside animal skull-hat-hooks, Circle is one of Dubai’s most creative cafes, both in terms of decor and food selection. Inside the newspaper-style menus lies a full-page ‘catering menu’, followed by a mix of salads (select your own ingredients for Dhs60). Circle’s bagels are also renowned: shipped in from New York, the salmon and Caprese options are perfectly packed, and the Hot Kitchen options allow you to pop by for dinner too. So are all these impressive dishes let down by lacklustre service? Certainly not in the Jumeirah Branch, while the Media City outlet just about manages to survive its lunchtime popularity.

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Posted by: Lorena S on 21 Apr ' 12 at 08:53
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Music was nice all the time. Service was really fast ( I am I pressed by the previous bad comments regarding service). The waiter even offered to adapt the a/c temperature for us. We tried the eggs Benedict as per previous comments and the carrot cake. The carrot cake was still warm from the oven.. That's how fresh it was! The pecan cream on top wasn't my favorite but it was for my partner. The table next to us they were recommending their friend the waffles and it seemed nice! So, I would recommend it!
For 2 eggs Benedict, 3 orange juices, 1 carrot cake, 2 coffees we paid 200 dhs. But fullfilling .

Posted by: Julie on 30 Mar ' 12 at 09:52
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Absolutely LOVE circle... their salads are the best! the pumpkin and quinoa got me though my diet. Wish there were more.

Posted by: sarah ayoub agha on 31 Jan ' 11 at 08:21
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I am IN LOVE with their pasta salad! had it once coz i was craving a salad and has been ordering it everyday ever since then. i enjoy salads now and wish i could keep the taste in my mouth all day long :D

Posted by: Aisha on 05 Oct ' 10 at 13:13
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the food is nice. But I love the carrot cake they serve specially with that fresh creamy topping, it's the best carrot cake in Dubai for sure. I also tried the chocolate fondant cake, and God! it's to die for. The coffee isn't that good though. And the service is lacking..

Posted by: M. Salman on 24 Mar ' 10 at 11:48
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

By Far the very best, especially the ambiance on Friday morning when a very interesting crowd of Lebanese desporia gather for coffee.

M. Salman

Posted by: KLM on 04 Feb ' 10 at 17:15
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food is AMAIZNG! I especialy love the owner :D She is a very kind lady :) I love the carrot cake, especialy the sauce tht goes on top :) I would recommend this to ALL my friends and relatives! I havee been to circle VERY many times and havee not been disapointedd once! I LOVEE CIRCLEE!!!!!!! Everyone who said they didnt like it in the previous posts havee no idea what good food is!
I cant wait to go bak to circle!

Posted by: Linda on 06 Dec ' 09 at 11:44
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best Salad place in town, pumpkin salad with goat cheese is extraordinary! Carrot cake with this hot toppings were irresistable.
we simply enjoyed our time as they wrote simple easy living.

please open in different location, the mall is sad:(

Posted by: dubaidiner on 01 Dec ' 09 at 16:51
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Have been to circle a bunch of times as I really like the cakes and the decor is fresh - am not so sure on bagels so tend to stick to the sweet stuff.
It's a great cafe, but it's in a really weird mall on beach road - it feels like you're walking into a food hospital. I prefer the food here but would go there more often if it was in a villa or somewhere a bit more relaxing.

Posted by: Dharam Sood on 04 Nov ' 09 at 20:42
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I LOVE THE FOOD AT CIRCLE! But when we (group of 6) went there today, the waiter (a dark, short and plump Asian man) asked us not to come in because it was already 10:20pm and they were gonna shut @ 11:00pm. I told him we only wanted dessert but he said we'd have to get it packed as they were gonna shut in 10 mins!
At ...this point, I categorically asked him if he wanted us to leave, he just turned and walked away.
This guy has been rude to us and other customers everytime we've been there but we kept going bcoz the food was so great but NO MORE! APPALLING SERVICE!Read More

Posted by: Disgruntled on 04 Nov ' 09 at 20:00
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Circle Cafe embodies every aspect of the light, fluffy meringues they serve - fluffy, pretty with no substance. Don't we all crave that wonderful culinary experience where great food is met with spot-on service. Sadly, that fantasy will not be fulfilled here. Mediocre food is teamed with absolutely rude, nonchalant service.

The Cafe staff almost cringe at the thought of serving yet another customer and prepared to be shunted out with indifference and anxious looks at the door, if you even veer there within an hour of closing. There's no room at the inn for even the quickest dessert eater.

Spend your hard earned dhiram on a more worthy establishment that values your business.

Posted by: D on 30 Sep ' 09 at 14:23
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I have eaten here many times and love it, food, decor, staff very friendly and efficient.

However, when I returned after the summer they are now offering a new menu, they no longer give a choice of two size salads (small and large) and offer only the large portion at an increase in price.

Far too big, too much waste, comment also made by the lady on the next table

They should serve a medium size to suit all, need to reduce salad portions by size and price. Our bill was almost double what I used to pay before the summer and so much left.

Posted by: Nydia on 30 Jul ' 09 at 17:23
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

My Husband and I used to go to the Jumeira Beach Location because being from New York the appeal of having bagels from H&H is immense. Although we liked the food it was not enough to keep us going back to put up with the awful service from the wait staff. Not only would they always confuse smoked salmon with turkey but one of the waitresses always would up asking us very impertinent and downright rude questions. If you do decide to try them do a take out order instead, but don't leave before checking that they got your order correct

Posted by: tink oliveros on 28 Jun ' 09 at 09:19
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

been at the Circle twice and it was brilliant, from their bagel sandwiches to the decor! i especially loved their asparagus soup...i even had dreams about it =)

Posted by: Donna Franklin on 21 Apr ' 09 at 09:34
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

This was my first experience of Circle. I was expecting an amazing Sex in the City style lunch and experience but all I got was a bad New York cafe experience. Service appauling, food tasteless, restaurant with water pools leaking from the drains and a menu which didnt sell any of the items I ordered. After a conversation with the Manager about the 3 AED we paid for a tiny knob of butter, which wasnt priced on the menu, we got a measily 15% off.
Will NEVER EVER go back and dont recommend anyone else too either- very very diapointed!!

Posted by: Joyce on 03 Feb ' 09 at 05:42
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Found the place by accident when we left Jumeirah Beack park after an already relaxed afternoon. Was really surprised by the nice decor, super-nice friendly and attentive staff and the fact they had a whole variety of this month's magazines (!). Oh, and the food was good, ofcourse. Will definitely be back!

Posted by: claire d on 02 Feb ' 09 at 17:28
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Finally a place in Dubai where not only the decor and ambiance are outstanding but the food is phenomenal too! the bagels are as good as the ones you would get from a deli in New York,(the chicken tikka bagel,a must) the desserts are addictive( the carrot cake is mouthwatering),and last but certainly nor least their hot dishes are to die for! The lamb i had on friday was like no other lamb ive ever tasted it just melts in your mouth ! Every trip there is an sdventure,and i am so happy to have finally found my neighbourhood hangout !













Posted by: MB on 02 Feb ' 09 at 07:20
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I went to Circle the one located at the Media City to celebrate a friends birthday. We orderd Bagle sanwiches with chicken. The food was really dissappointing. The bagle was tough...there was no way you could even squeeze it a bit to fit in your mouth...the chicken was chewy and overall just messy! the only good thing on our plate was the iceberg and the crisps!! By the end of the meal we had managed to eat the chicken - just to fill ourselves with most of the bagle being thrown away!! This ones not making it to my list of favourites!

 

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