The Taste Initiative
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Modern but with uncomplicated decor, the café looks much like any other department store pit stop, apart from one design-orientated back wall where miniature-sized versions of the furniture being sold are displayed. There are no starters or light savoury bites on the menu, however, it offers a neat selection of light, healthy-sounding European café classics, including salads, sandwiches, quiche and pizzas. The tuna steak in the tuna, minted pea and pearl barley salad is well seasoned, if a touch too salty, while the acres of green leaves underneath are subtly dressed to give a nice savoury quality without overwhelming the delicacy of the pea and mint combination. There isn’t really enough pearl barley – or peas – on the plate, but all is forgiven, because those few lone specimens are among the sweetest, greenest peas we’ve eaten in Dubai. Unsurprisingly, they're also local. The food isn’t perfect, but it's refreshing to encounter a venue pushing edible sustainability with consistency.
Open daily 8am-5pm. The Change Initiative, Sheikh Zayed Road, near Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha (800 824).
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