Nathalie’s review

A healthy menu that’s good for adults and the kids


What’s the best way to stop the kids whining for chicken nuggets and chips? Take them where deep fried food doesn’t exist.

We’re talking about Sports City in this case, specifically Nathalie’s café, adjoining the FitRepublik gym.

You won’t find any deep fried or processed bad stuff in the food here, just healthy, hearty, homemade food and juices that will confirm you’ve got this parenting business nailed down.

The café is open, with plenty of room to manoeuvre a pushchair, while there’s also an outdoor area where you can let the young ones run wild without getting underfoot.

The kids’ menu includes spaghetti Bolognese (which is ‘secretly loaded with diced carrots’) and a turkey and cheese crêpe, packed with lean turkey and Emmental cheese.

There’s also a tasty menu for the big kids, and we opt for a Portobello burger – an Angus beef patty with grilled onions sandwiched between two huge Portobello mushrooms. It’s a bit of a (carb-free) novelty to us, and we feel smug and healthy as we savour the juicy meat.

We also try the chicken donburi, with rice, kale, carrots, edamame and juicy chicken.

We feel like we’ve done our insides a service and our kids seem pretty happy, too.
Open daily 7am-10pm. Unlicensed. FitRepublik, Dubai Sports City (04 556 1888).

The bottom line
Healthy food never tasted so good.

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