We already love the vibrant, buzzing Media City branch of this popular artisan café, and we were curious to see how the newly-opened 1762 Stripped branch, in the business heart of JLT, will cater for two (fairly tired) parents and a couple of cranky, post-school day kids. Relief! It works.
Taking over a large space on the ground floor of a swanky office building, this is one hang-out that is ensuring its family-friendliness. Until they whipped out the extensive kids’ menu (created and tested by a mum-of-two).
The youngest is happily distracted by the colouring pencils while she waits for her crispy chicken strips, and the oldest cracks on with the food-themed word search until her cheese toastie melt arrives, along with homemade wedges at a reasonably priced Dhs25.
The salads we order are as tasty as the ones we’re used to from 1762 in Dubai, and the coffee is as satisfyingly good. But it’s a shame the carrot cake had run out by lunchtime! The popping candy hot chocolate to finish saved the day, though.
Service is friendly – although admittedly a little fraught at times – and the outdoor terrace is surrounded by glittering skyscrapers. It’s also located directly opposite a large park, which is a big bonus for families looking for an early mid-week dinner.
Open daily 8am-6pm. Unlicensed. Ground floor, The One, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (800 1762).
The bottom line
Kids are most definitely welcome.