Café culture in Abu Dhabi is on the up. From cosy neighbourhood venues to the quirkier themed outlets, you’re bound to find your cup of tea (or, erm, coffee) somewhere in town.
Crustique falls into the cosy category. Nestled between the energy and finance ministries, it looks like a standard café that offers nothing other than a standard menu – sandwiches, salads, cakes, smoothies and the like.
We’re here for a lazy weekend breakfast, an idea a few more people seem to have had, too. The all-day menu doesn’t have too much on it, but there’s enough to keep you, and your little ones, happy.
Crustique’s signature sweet potato waffle Benedict combines two classic dishes and is a super choice. The healthier spud waffles are light and crunchy and do well to mop up the runny yolk. The rashers of veal bacon are thick, and the wilted spinach makes us feel good about the otherwise indulgent start.
If you’re after something more traditional, the Arabic breakfast includes a hearty bowl of foul.
The food won’t let you down here, but the service, however, does need some improvement. Staff, overall, are lovely, but there’s a mix-up every time we’re here. It’s more frustrating than infuriating, but is still a little off-putting.
Open Sun-Thu 7am-7pm; Fri-Sat 10am-7pm. Unlicensed. Al Falah, Abu Dhabi (02 677 7004).
the bottom line The food makes it worth a visit.