Mum's the word for Singapore-style tea at Dubai Mall 5 Reviews
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It wasn’t quite the cosily chaotic little ethnic café I’d hoped to find. Instead, the Roti Mum stand in The Dubai Mall’s food court looked much like the counter of a fast-food chain, only somehow even more bland.
There wasn’t much choice on the menu boards either. For something edible, the options spanned those famous Singaporean-style coffee buns, or chocolate buns. And that was it. There were, however, several drinks on offer and the selection was lengthy and varied. The waiting staff were also particularly friendly, speedy and helpful, and one lady was rather good at explaining the different types of drinks. There were coffees, teas, flavoured teas, flavoured hot milk, iced coffees, milkshakes and so on. Sure, if you’re after an espresso or an Oreo milkshake, you could most likely go to any one of the chain outlets in The Dubai Mall. If, however, you fancy trying a saffron-infused tea, I’d wager you’d only be in luck at Roti Mum.
The buns arrived on hefty wooden boards looking round and rather enormous. The outer crust of the coffee bun had a soft, mellow coffee taste that lingered in the mouth. Within this crisp, brittle crust was a soft, sweet dough that was light and fluffy, with a milky richness like brioche, and within this was a soft, buttery centre. The inside of the chocolate bun was just as intriguing, although the buttery heart had somehow shot to the side, leaving us to wonder how, logistically, they’d ‘achieved’ this. The chocolate crust had a strong yet mellow flavour, reminiscent of powdered chocolate drink Milo – it may not be particularly gourmet, but it certainly transported me back to Singapore.
Likewise, the kadak chai, an Indian-style brewed tea, tasted so authentically like the teas I remember from Singapore that the flavour was steeped in nostalgia; a pleasantly bitter over-brewed heaviness in the mouth, the milky sweetness and the touch of cardamom. The hot saffron milk was a new experience and it was a pretty-looking cup too, with a creamy salmon colour and flecks of bright pink and orange sitting on the surface. It was a lovely, comforting drink with a warm flavour and a sense of spice, but in the softest dimensions.
Next time you’re in The Dubai Mall and fancy a quick mid-shopping pit-stop, forgo the usual chains and try a new cultural equivalent.
The bill (for two)
2x drink and bun combo Dhs50
1x small water Dhs5
Total (excluding service) Dhs55
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