Best eggs in Dubai
Time Out Dubai profiles the best eggs in Dubai, available in cafes and restaurants at breakfast (Benedict, Florentine, dippy, Mexican), lunch or dinner
Just in time for Easter, Will Milner rounds up the city’s most crackingly creative dishes, available at breakfast, lunch and dinner
A noisy, happy and casual café, Tom& Serg hasn’t seen any drop off in popularity over the past few years.
Founded by Tom Arnel, a chef and foodie from Melbourne, and Sergio Lopez, a savvy F&B operations director from Madrid, the café – a former Time Out Dubai Best Café winner – prides itself on nutritious, gourmet food and laid-back vibes to go with it.
Upon walking in, the place is heaving, with the crowd laughing and chatting easily. We make our way upstairs, to a table overlooking a bustling ground floor with seating adjacent to the kitchen and bakery.
Tom & Serg is known for its love for avocado, so we can’t miss the marinated green tomato avo on toast – and wait for a good dose of the fatty, single-seeded berry. We’re not disappointed. The tangy green tomatoes are the perfect match for the creamy avocado, with a red dukka and parsley salsa giv-ing it a bitter, satisfying twist.
After the zesty boost, we need something neutral, and so opt for the Caesar baguette – the famous salad in sandwich form – with juicy roasted chicken, crispy veal bacon and leaves. It’s tasty and a hit.
We round it off with a generous serving of salted caramel French toast, complemented with fresh macerated rhubarbs and glazed black cherries. It’s the perfect sweet treat.
Perfect for families, the café has just launched a new kids’ menu, too, showing its dedication to good nutrition for all ages, with dishes including Egg Soldiers (Dhs32), apple pancakes (Dhs30) and chicken quesadillas (Dhs36) among others.
Overall Tom&Serg feels like home, but with food that we’d be too lazy to make.
The bottom line
Cosy venue that pays attention to detail
In Dubai, there are so many sky-high bars that stunning views just aren’t all that unique. Fiftieth floor? Been there, done that. Nineteen storeys up? Next!
So it’s a pleasant surprise to walk out on to The Scene’s terrace, which despite being on the measly fourth floor boasts spectacular Marina views.
You won’t want to leave the British eatery until sunrise – although you might not have a choice because it will probably take that long for your waiter to bring the bill.
The bar service here is excruciatingly slow and erratic, with much of the attention focused on the restaurant inside. The Scene is by TV chef Simon Rimmer of Something For The Weekend fame and promises “proper British pub food”. Thank goodness we’re so good at queuing patiently.
To be fair to venue, the restaurant inside is indeed cosy and homely, with vintage lampshades and patchwork seating galore (not to mention the cool comic books adorning the walls). But we’re here for the nightlife, not the food – and it’s not as good as the grub.
The menu has creative mixed drinks and plenty of decent offers – including a three-hour happy hour Sunday to Thursday where drinks are just Dhs25, but there are better bars out there.
The bottom line
Visit for a meal, not for a night out.
THE FARM IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL OCTOBER FOR RENOVATION
If you’re craving some fresh air and peace and quiet away from the madness of the city, head out to the idyllic setting of Al Barari, and more importantly, book yourself a table at The Farm. While it may not be the easiest to get to, this is definitely a hot spot among families and young couples. it’s located right in the heart of Al Barari, and surrounded by manicured gardens and lakes. You should come to The Farm for the breakfast menu. Its simple offerings include eggs cooked in any style, traditional shakshouka, pancakes, waffles and paleo frittata. The staff are alert and responsive. The standout dish on the menu is the Arabic breakfast of assorted manakish, falafel, grilled halloumi, foul medames, labneh with zaatar and mixed greens.
An ideal spot to take visitors to, the Souk Al Bahar branch of Baker & Spice won Best Breakfast at this year’s Restaurant Awards for good reason. On top of the awesome views of the Burj Khalifa, the food is excellent, too. Opt for the perfectly poached eggs atop a prettily presented serving of avocado, sprinkled with seeds and on crispy toast. Not only is it extremely Instagrammable, it’s healthy, too. Sit on the terrace to take in the views and chill out at a weekend. And if you can leave without stopping at the bakery, we applaud you.
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