Time Out takes a bite at finding Dubai’s best fritter
Baker & Spice
5/5 Holy smoke! These fried beauties are so sublime they’re almost other-worldly. Handmade with love (and organic ingredients), these babies are light, airy and filled with a selection of interesting jams. The only drawback is that Baker & Spice doesn’t always stock them, so you have to call ahead. Critic’s pick: Doughnuts filled with cream and plum jam – like a heaven-sent scone. Souk Al Bahar (04 425 2240). Dhs12 each
3/5 These crullers are for those that like their sweets with a healthy sheen. Baked rather than fried and not as sweet as the traditional pastry, Dante’s doughnuts aren’t likely to excite the sugar-addicted among us. They’re also not as light as we like our doughnuts – they can be a tad bready. Still, at least we don’t feel too guilty consuming them. Critic’s pick: Chocolate doughnut. Green Community (04 885 3399). Dhs12 each
3/5 If we’re honest, we’ve never been massive fans of Dunkin’ Donuts, and things haven’t changed while researching this round-up. The brand does have two things going for it: variety and consistency. While the doughnuts aren’t bad, they do tend to be pretty constant. Critic’s pick: Double chocolate doughnut – a rich cocoa hit. Various locations. Dhs4 each. Dhs35 for 18 doughnuts, Dhs45 for 24 doughnuts
4/5 Doughnuts can be pretty standard; few shops venture far beyond sugar-coated and jam-filled varieties. Not the case with this Singaporean brand, which offers five (five!) coffee-themed doughnuts, in addition to a green tea and a mango version. Plus, these doughnuts seriously rock. Our only quibble is that sometimes they’re a little too sweet. Otherwise, thumbs up. Critic’s pick: Latte hill – a tasty coffee cream-filled doughnut. Trade Centre Road, opposite BurJuman (050 990 4848). Dhs5 each
House of Donuts
2/5 This hole-in-the-wall shop is a bit out of the way. Tucked away inside the Al Ghurair Mall, the diminutive store carries a small yet reasonable offer of all the classics, although the counter staff take their time putting a batch together – which is odd, given that the place was relatively empty on our visit. The doughnuts themselves are too bready for our liking and without nuance. Critic’s pick: Go for the classic jam doughnut. Al Ghurair Mall (04 345 2373). Dhs4 each
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
4/5 Krispy Kreme’s doughnuts are undeniably some of the world’s best. We’re not sure what we love most about them: their fluffy, cloudlike texture or their sweet, gooey glaze. If you ever get a chance to get them fresh from the oven, do. Critic’s pick: Try the signature glazed, cream-filled doughnut. Various locations. Dhs5 each
5/5 These aren’t technically doughnuts, but boy are they good. These baked buns (see? They’re already healthier) have a caramelised exterior and coffee flavour, plus a groove full of melted butter. We don’t know how they get the butter in, but we don’t care – we’re busy eating. Critic’s pick: Bun (it’s the only food item on the menu). The Dubai Mall (no number). Dhs11 each
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Saeed Ali Mar 02, 2011 12:10 pm
PappaRoti. I start my day with it and i end my day with it.
John Oct 18, 2010 08:24 am
Papparoti is the best. Once you try it, you can't stop.
Ad Nov 15, 2009 04:08 pm
Donut Empire donuts are sweet? In fact I find them less sweeter and much healtier compared to the other brands. People out there, you have got to try the Typhoon Oreos! they rock! For chocolate lover, i highly recommend the Double Heart that is made from the Belgium Chocolate apparently.
reem Nov 11, 2009 07:30 pm
papparoti is lovely ... i cant stop craving it ...