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XVA Café, Al Fahidi

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As far as art cafés go, the XVA is Dubai’s original stalwart. Set at the heart of Bastakiya, it is an open-air courtyard within a multi-tasking modern-gallery-hotel-boutique-office-events-venue (Pablo Coehlo even held one of his book launches here a few years back). Tables are centred round trees, birds and mosques sing around you: it is perhaps one of the most Zen spots in all of Dubai. The menu is short and healthy with a predominance of smoothies, Arabic-inspired salads, sandwiches and mains, as well as homemade muffins (if the date and dried apricot is available – try it). Service can be a little on the slow side – but even that fits in with the place’s arty vibe. Next time you’re in the area, be sure to drop by.

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Posted by: tissa edirisinghe on 31 Mar ' 10 at 17:03
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: tissa edirisinghe on 31 Mar ' 10 at 17:00
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Thomas Norberg on 05 Mar ' 10 at 15:51
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This place is the bomb. Well worth the effort to find it. The place just makes you feel cool. Of course, if you go there, you already know that you are way ahead of the rest of the crowd.

 

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