Arguably a mall eatery like no other in Dubai, Taste Kitchen is a casual dining café concept created (on behalf of Spinneys) by chef duo Nick Alvis and Scott Price. Located in a central courtyard space on the ground floor of Mercato Mall, the set-up of Taste Kitchen is not actually enclosed. Instead, dividing pillars and faux-windows are artfully used to denote the demarcations of the café’s boundaries, achieving a bright, open airiness as a result. Service is perfectly perfunctory for a casual, mall-based café. Staff are friendly, they know what is on the menu and food arrives on time – although perhaps a little too quickly, one after the other. The menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner plates, which spans soups, ‘jars and toast’, salads, pizzas and main courses from fish and chips through to baby chicken with root vegetables. Considering the setting, the food is generally more interesting than average café fare, especially in the case of the beef short rib. Taste Kitchen is a great new home-grown concept.