Review: Lime Tree Café

The newest branch of a Dubai stalwart

Review: Lime Tree Café

Unless you’ve spent your entire tenure in Dubai steadfastly avoiding the city’s café scene and any publications that might talk about it (Hello! Thanks for reading, etc), you’ll be well acquainted with the concept of Lime Tree Café, even if you’ve never set foot inside one.

Lime Tree is one of the city’s most established café brands, first set up years ago in ye olde Jumeirah 1, and celebrated for its ludicrously proportioned (and therefore excellent) carrot cake.

And the chain has recently opened two new branches in Dubai, one in Ibn Battuta and one in the ultra family-friendly location of Springs Souk.

And we’re here to talk about the latter. Enter the branch and you’ll find a counter bursting with the usual Lime Tree line-up of salads, sandwiches, quiches, pies and the rest.

Breakfasts are made to order – don’t miss the smashed avocado with pea and mint. It’s a colour and flavour explosion, served on a scorched pide, topped with feta, a scattering of turmeric dukkah and a perfectly poached egg, for a spot-on classic breakfast with a Middle Eastern touch.

The smoked salmon with scrambled eggs is also worth a go. It’s massive, with thick slivers of tasty salmon and served on doorstop slices of fresh sourdough toast.

There’s a kids’ menu too, as you’d hope, with dishes including granola with yoghurt or scrambled eggs on toast for Dhs22. There are also various toast options and juices for fussier eaters, and staff are friendly and helpful with the kids.

The space itself is kitted out with bright tiles, plenty of greenery and a cute water fountain, plus it’s filled with natural light making it feel miles away from a shopping mall venue (although it’s handily located just above M&S Food Hall, should you want some groceries to take home). There’s free water, too, which is a welcome touch.

The new Springs Lime Tree is upbeat, it’s warm, it’s a classic Dubai café for good reason.

And it still does the best carrot cake in town.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Unlicensed. Springs Souk, The Springs (04 325 6325).

WHAT IS IT...
The newest branch of a Dubai stalwart

WHY GO...
Tasty breakfasts and indulgent cakes

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