Amy Mathieson stops and smells the roses (and eyes up the toast) at Jolie Floral Boutique
When Jolie Floral Boutique opened in City Walk, our interest was piqued. Flowers and cake? What’s not to like?
But while the café is arguably a little kitsch and cutesy, that’s in no way a bad thing, and even if the flowers don’t appeal to you, the food certainly will.
The floral theme is prominent – the ceiling is decked out with hundreds of silk blooms, while your coffee will come with a fresh rose. Your meal will most likely be adorned with edible flowers, too. Although the latter isn’t a rareity in this city, if there’s one place they’re appropriate, it’s here.
“The vision of Jolie came from my love for flowers and beautiful spaces,” says Emirati founder Eman Al Owais. “I wanted to create a place where guests would enjoy delectable food in an elegant, floral setting.”
And so she has, with dishes ranging from grilled lobster salad to rack of lamb.
If you’re after tea and cake then you’re definitely in luck, with plenty of brightly hued macarons and massive slabs of sponge with thick layers of icing all on offer.
However, we can’t resist this avocado toast. Topped with slices of grilled halloumi, the crushed avocado is mixed with chopped tomatoes and coriander (admittedly a divisive herb), giving an almost Latin American twist. The flash of maroon is a creamy beetroot hummus, providing a nod to the café’s Middle Eastern roots.
City Walk is fast becoming a foodie hub, and Jolie should be on everyone’s must-try list, budding florist or not. Dhs49. City Walk, Al Safa Street (050 170 5657).