Tub of Butter review

Linger over freshly-prepared artisan food at this hip new Jumeirah eatery


We’re still getting back into the school routine after the holidays and inspiration for lunch is running as low as the energy levels. So it seems the perfect time to sample a new café with a name as talked-about as its super-cool décor.

On our visit, once we’ve established with the youngest that we aren’t actually going to be choosing our food from the ornate, roll-top bath artfully stacked with gourmet goodies, that greets us at the doorway, the kids race off to the arts and crafts table, happy to order the tomato and parmesan spaghetti and pepperoni pizza from the children’s menu (these come with a choice of juice and ice cream or fresh fruit pudding for Dhs55). This gives us time to take in the deli, which is packed with luxurious olive oils, exotically-packaged biscuits and handcrafted pasta.

Meanwhile, from the grown-up menu, the smoked paprika shrimp and the sirloin and caramelised onion tartines are deceptively filling and full of flavour. We also bite into a bright cake pop and find it’s actually a rich, chocolate truffle instead. And we encounter, quite possibly, the friendliest chef we’ve ever met.

We like this place. And will be back before the month is out.

The bottom line
Slick, tasty and a nice family-friendly vibe.
Open daily 7am-11pm. Unlicensed. Off Al Thanya Street, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8884).

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