You’ve been searching for ages for that perfect garden furniture, the kids are getting tired, you’re all hungry and finally, you’ve found it at Dubai Garden Centre.
And that deserves a piece of cake at the very least. Which is where Roseleaf comes in handy.
This cute little café is set in a conservatory just off the main thoroughfare of the plants and garden ornaments at the popular Al Quoz centre.
Bright, airy and flooded with natural light and sunshine, the eatery is the perfect mood-lifting space (especially when hanger-enduced tantrums are lurking on the horizon).
Dishes are simple, and there are plenty of veggie-friendly choices on the menu, as well as plenty of options for little diners. Food is displayed at the counter, if you want to grab-and-go, but there’s table service, too, when you just need a sit down.
The avocado toast is always a decent choice, but if you’re having lunch try the freshly baked quiches and frittatas.
The leek and feta quiche is tasty enough, but Mary Berry would have words to say about the less than crispy base. The roasted butternut frittata is excellent though. It’s packed full of squash, spinach and feta and is delicious. And for Dhs32 with a handful of salad it’s an affordable lunch. There are also comfort food dishes including homemade soups, beef lasgane and chicken and leek pie.
Fancy something healthier? There are plenty of salads and smoothies too (plus some super coffees).
And don’t miss the cakes, proudly displayed in massive slices. Our pick? the deliciously indulgent millionaire shortbread. The crumbly biscuit is smothered in rich caramel and a generous layer of chocolate, making it the perfect cheat day treat. Plus it’s big enough to share.
Dining in a garden centre might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but many expats will find it a taste of lazy weekends at home, and it’s a great way to get the kids away from the screens.
Open 8am-9pm. Unlicensed. Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 399 1662).
WHAT IS IT...
A cute café in Dubai Garden Centre
For the light lunches and the cakes