Out of all the Dubai eateries that have gone all out on décor, Tania’s Teahouse has to be the cutest we’ve visited.
Step into Jumeirah’s very own Alice’s Wonderland – if Alice was fond of baby pinks and traded Mad Hatter China for herbal tea-filled porcelain teapots.
The café is cosy, with swift, cheerful service that starts off with a showcase of its special tea jars, filled with more than 20 gourmet varieties.
Menus are all beautifully illustrated and boast a range of dishes from “super bowls”, to paleo guac on toast, cake batter crispies and “cake in a tea cup”.
And with options including a chocola-tea, ne-tea-flix and chilled latte on the drinks menu, choosing can be a challenge.
We’re offered a complimentary ice tea, which is a nice touch, and opt for the lavender version for some much-needed relaxation time.
Drinks – as well as the dishes – are prettily presented and adorned with edible flowers.
The two-storey teahouse reflects attention to detail, with added greenery to create a balance amid extra pretty surroundings.
The food recreates that balance, too. There’s no kids’ menu, but the dishes are aptly named, colourful, kid-friendly and playful to boot.
The breakfast staple of avocado and eggs on toast is tasty, with runny-yolked eggs garnished with a deep royal purple flower. The masala popcorn is delicately spiced and the “all hail kale” salad with extra beef is as far removed from boring health food as you could imagine.
The pièce de résistance? The Mermaid Toast. With rainbow swirls of cream cheese, it’s a brekkie Disney’s Ariel would ditch her father’s underwater kingdom for. It’s a treat at any age.
Bring the kids to Tania’s Teahouse for a relaxed family meal with pretty décor and fun, quirky dishes that taste just as good as they look.
Open Sun-Wed 8am-10pm, Thu-Sat 8am-midnight.Unlicensed. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai (04 324 0021).
The bill (for two)
Masala popcorn Dhs20
Avocado & egg Dhs45
All hail kale Dhs45 (extra beef) +Dhs13
Mermaid toast Dhs35
Total (inc service) Dhs158
The bottom line
A café you’ll fall in love with.