Long gone are the days of creepy forest huts. Cabin’s outdoor seating is comfy and informal, perfect for mums catching up for coffee post-school run, or at weekends with the kids in tow.
Set up by British artist Jonathan Gent – who has a working studio on site – inside, there are collections of jewellery and clothing on sale, as well as pieces on display from artists as well-known as Warhol and Hirst, as well as Gent’s own.
Menus are simple, and change frequently, and are adorned with quirky childlike pencil drawings.
The kids’ menu, titled “Bambino”, “Kiddo” and “Enfant terrible”, features picky-eater musings like “ew, peas”. It includes main menu items, stripped of heavier ingredients like fatty cheeses, plus juices and a vintage cola float.
We go for the beetroot carpaccio salad, full of rich, citrusy flavours. The mini salmon tacos (pictured) come dotted with avocado, pico de gallo, lime slaw and sour cream – and they don’t disappoint either. We can’t resist a fruity French toast for dessert, which is fluffy, with grapefruity tanginess and a creamy sauce.
A full meal for just over Dhs100 sounds like a good deal to us, and brownie points for the chilled-out ambience. This is a quirky spot that’s worth a visit.
Open Sun-Sat, 7.30am-7pm. Maisan Towers, Al Barsha South (04 244 7291).
The bottom line
Small-ish portions and happy vibes.