Word-of-mouth and Time Out's recommendations have made Lime Tree's carrot cake famous. But can it be bettered?
Time Out Dubai staff
More Cafe 5/7 This little number has a lot going for it. The cream cheese icing is the ideal combination of tart and sweet (were it an actor, it might even win an Oscar for best supporting role in a carrot cake). The cake itself was everything you’d want it to be: nutty and gingery. The only letdown was that some of the icing on the top of the cake hardened into a plastic-like consistency, which defi nitely dampened the eating experience. Behind Lifco supermarket, Garhoud (04 283 0224). Other location: Al Marooj Rotana (04 343 3779) Dhs18 per slice
The One café 3/7 We knew we were in for trouble when we saw the sugary carrot monogram topping our overly-dry slice of cake; it’s that sort of splash of faux grandeur that usually indicates the coming of something sub par. While we can’t say the cake was despicable (to be honest, we did fi nish it), we did find it too dull to warrant the calories consumed in testing it. But if those things don’t matter to you, then it succeeds in acting as a quick sugar fix. Yeah, we know, when you want carrot cake, you gotta head to the Lime Tree Café. But, as nothing should ever be written in stone, we decided to put that assumption to the test. Time Out spent the week sampling some of the town’s confectionary offerings (yes, even that one...) Jumeirah Beach Road, near Jumeirah Mosque (04 345 6687) Dhs14
Lime Tree Café 7/7 We hate to admit it, but Lime Tree Café does take the… er, carrot cake. It’s no surprise it’s their signature dish. The portions are so huge that we believe it is honestly possible to feed on a single slice for a week. Furthermore, the cake itself was moist and gingery. We also appreciated the dessert’s homespun quality; we almost expected, were we to peek into the kitchen, that we’d find our very own grandmothers churning cream cheese to make the delectably sweet topping. Jumeirah Beach Road, near Jumeirah Mosque (04 349 8498) Dhs22
Organic Foods & Cafe 6/7 If ever a place were to convince you of the superiority of organic food, this would be it. More than just tasting satisfyingly sweet, Organic Foods & Café’s carrot cake tastes fresh. There is something reassuring about being able to taste and identify the ingredients in what you’re consuming, and the high quality of produce sold and used at this Satwa standby makes sure all the actors in this little show shine. Satwa (04 398 9410). Other locations: Green Community, Emaar building (04 361 7974) Dhs15