Baker Street Café
Time Out Says
The staff were welcoming and the man I assume to be the owner proved a friendly and chatty person. Since I’d wandered in to Baker Street for lunch on a swelteringly sunny day, and the minimal space offered no other option except a table beside the window, I was quite impressed with the speed at which the waitress noticed my discomfort and offered to pull the blinds down to stop the glare.
Surrounding me were shelves sparingly but enticingly stocked with premium honeys, teas and oils, as well as bread that is baked fresh and delivered to the premises each day. The menu was brief, classic and appetising, with a selection of salads, savoury ‘tartines’ (open sandwiches), classic sandwiches and a few other options.
I opted for the ‘mighty’ roast beef sandwich and a lemon mint drink. The menu described the sandwiches as being freshly made, and this one certainly tasted like it. The sandwich contained a mix of fresh tomato, lettuce and gherkin with nicely thick and grainy slices of roast beef that tasted like proper (rather than processed) meat. Granted there was a slightly gritty sensation in the teeth when chewing on this, and
I couldn’t ascertain where this was coming from, and wondered if it was a very coarse grain mix in the bread, which aside from this was fluffy, warm and it tasted freshly made.
I also tried a slice of the Italian triple chocolate cake, which the waiter explained was made on-site. Aside from the cream filling, which sadly had been overwrought, resulting in a split and buttery consistency, the rest of the cake was very good. Not overly heavy, sweet or rich and yet still very chocolatey in flavour and it was thoroughly enjoyable to eat.
While Baker Street might not be a destination, must-see café, as an option for a casual pit-stop and freshly made bread, if you are in the area, it is certainly a very nice one.
The bill (for one)
1x roast beef sandwich Dhs30
1x chocolate cake Dhs18
1x juice Dhs16
1x coffee Dhs14
Total (excluding service) Dhs78
THE VEGETARIAN VIEW
If you’re looking for comfort food for those days when getting out of bed is a struggle – Baker Street is the one for you.
Those from the UK will find it familiar, as it’s like many a sandwich shop you’ll have stopped in on your lunch break, both in terms of feel and menu.Go hungry, the portions are huge – and possibly best suited to the British weather, as you’ll certainly feel insulated as you waddle out with a belly full of baked potato.
There’s plenty for veggies (cream cheese and tomato bagel, veggie omlette, toasted cheese and pickle sarnie et al), while the café embraces vegans too, with a specific menu claiming “you’re not picky, you’re free spirited”.
Don’t expect any fancy extras like vegan cheese or faux sausage here, though there’s a decent a range of salads such as quinoa with grilled peppers or chickpea with chopped tomatoes, and sandwiches including roasted veg, or peanut butter and jam.
The place claims to be famous for its baked potatoes. We can’t say the news has spread city wide yet, but they are worthy of a mention. Again, they’ll remind Brits of home with a massive (slightly overdone) spud loaded with fillings including cheddar cheese and baked beans to tuna mayo. Vegans can opt for different veggies, avocado, baked beans and more – customising their potato as they choose.
The café has just a couple of dine-in tables, but is kitted out prettily in pale blues and whites, with kitsch British souvenirs.
It’s not fancy, but for a homemade, filling lunch, try here.
WHAT IS IT...
Petite café in JLT
For the hearty comfort food
By Time Out Dubai staff | 04 Apr 2019