Arabian Tea House
Sun-drenched courtyard in historic Bastakiah 5 Reviews
UPDATE: Basta Art Café is now called Arabian Tea House
Basta Art Café has one of the most magical locations in the city, amid the art galleries and maze-like alleyways of Bastakiya. Its main eating area is outside in a peaceful courtyard shaded by a huge oak tree. Unfortunately this sun-scorched quarter is a no-go zone during summer, and customers must retreat indoors. While that kills the ambience somewhat (and reduces the number of customers), the interior décor is equally appealing, with the kind of white wicker furnishings and random arty clutter that remind us of our great aunt’s summer house. The service is better when it’s less busy (we have been taken aback in the past to have our polite request for extra sides met by a tut and an eye roll). Nevertheless, we love Basta’s healthy, fresh menu – a rarity in this city. From wake-up shakes to the imaginative, not to mention gigantic salads (mango, melon and halloumi, anyone?) and the special Basta sandwiches featuring all sorts of veg wrapped in Arabic bread, the host of herbal teas and desserts, everything on the menu appeals. Ideal in the winter and still worth a trip in the summer – there’s nothing like lunch at Basta, complemented by a chorus from the surrounding minarets.
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- Previous reviews
- 22 March,2012- reviewed by Time Out Dubai staff
- 06 April,2010- reviewed by Time Out Dubai staff
- 29 March,2010- reviewed by Time Out Dubai staff
- 17 March,2009- reviewed by Time Out Dubai staff
- 26 March,2008- reviewed by Jeremy Lawrence
- 12 March,2007- reviewed by Time Out Dubai Staff
- 01 August,2005- reviewed by Matthew Lee
- 01 February,2003- reviewed by Rob Orchard
- 01 June,2002- reviewed by Carolyn Robb
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