Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2013 details - Timeoutdubai.com

Arabian Tea House

Nominated for Best Café Comments

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Formerly Basta Art Café, this quaint, courtyard spot in the city’s historic quarter of Bastakiya, was highly commended in last year’s awards and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s a lush green hideaway from the dusty streets and sand-coloured walls of the buildings that surround it. The decor is a little like grandmother’s conservatory with white wicker tables and chairs accentuated by baby blue benches. Decorative net curtains draped over head act as the only shade from the sun, meanwhile greenery hangs in baskets from the walls. It’s also a creative hub, attracting artsy types who come to peruse the trinkets and paintings, as well as feast on the delightful menu. Salads are particularly tasty and fresh and the portion sizes generous. And we’d also recommend the date and walnut cake, which is accompanied by plain yoghurt – a refreshing alternative to cream or the sweetness of ice cream.
Open daily 8am-10pm. Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, (04 353 5071).

By Time Out Dubai staff
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Posted by: Kate on 09 Apr ' 13 at 20:40
  • Best for: Family friendly

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Nice enough place but disappointing based on the reviews. The decor is no longer the same-although shaded by trees, there were several wires criss-crossing the courtyard with sheets hung from them which served to give the impression of sitting in someone's back garden with the washing out. The upholstered chairs while comfy were stained. The menu was like something you'd expect in a greasy spoon apart from the salads which had some slightly "interesting" combinations (tuna pasta with pineapple anyone?). I'd travelled from the Greens to try this place but paying 121 dhs for two sandwiches (no accompanying salad or fries), two drinks and a small pot of tea won't tempt me back. I'd suggest Shakespeare for better food, bigger portions, more choice and better decor for somewhere in the same price bracket.

Posted by: Ali Jawad on 16 Mar ' 12 at 09:02
  • Best for: Romantic

The best place in town!! Away from the hustle and bustle of the modern city, there is a place with all its serenity and calmness, waiting for a romantic couple to spend unforgetable moments under the branches of old shady trees and to relish a delicious and mouthwatering food. I tell you, that place is magical and once you get in there, it will get into your mind and you'll not forget it as long as your are alive. Especially the smile of Siddiqa, the girl who waits with a smiling face. Whenever I am in Dubai, I am in Basta cafe...thats for sure the place where anybody can find me in DXB!!

Posted by: marko on 10 Oct ' 10 at 19:13

pretty fantastic place

Posted by: Jen on 24 Mar ' 10 at 12:15
  • Best for: Family friendly

Wonderful location. A great place to spend time with friends. The food is served in large portions and is a good value for the money. I highly recommend the lime-mint juice.

Please be advised that dervice is slow and local parking is very limited at times.

Posted by: Juliette on 17 Mar ' 09 at 11:28

A really lovely garden setting, perfect for catching up with friends on the weekend, over the delicious salads and juices. Shame the service is so unfriendly.


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