Chocolate Chic

Marina café provides the sweetest of spots for a relaxed coffee break
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Time Out Says

If, like me, the lure of a sweet treat is enough to entice you off your sun lounger come midday, you may just make it to the latest café and patisserie to join the scattering of eateries and shops at The Boardwalk. ‘Where?’ you ask. Indeed. Having trudged the entire length of the JBR Walk in the afternoon sun, (not to mention hot-footing it across a motorway), my date and I found Chocolat Chic on the furthermost tip of Dubai Marina. It’s amazing the lengths we’ll go to for a slice of cake.

On arrival, we bypassed the large outdoor terrace in favour of the café’s glossy white interior, which is offset by Cadbury-purple chairs and candy-inspired details that instantly made us feel like kids in a sweet shop. In many respects, that’s exactly what we were – the glass counter was crammed full of rainbow-coloured macaroons, wickedly decadent cakes and dainty pastries. The sight of these, combined with the beaming, friendly staff, was almost enough to distract us from the fact that Chocolat Chic was deserted on a Saturday lunchtime. We took a comfy, low-slung seat by the window, though we both agreed that the venue was in need of some plush sofas to induce visitors to stay longer than it took to for them to finish their coffee and sandwich.

After scanning a decent menu of breakfast and lunch dishes, I settled upon an omelette filled with cheese, mushrooms and turkey bacon, while my date plumped for a chicken breast sandwich with sun-dried tomatoes. Our drinks – tall, freshly squeezed orange juices – arrived in no time, with our mains following 10 minutes later. While my omelette was tasty and generous in both size and filling, my date bemoaned the dearth of chicken in his sandwich, though admitted that the ciabatta roll was tasty and fresh.

My hearty omelette had filled me up, but I couldn’t resist the chocolate macaroons. I’m glad I didn’t – their just-crisp exterior gave way to a rich, gooey centre. Even my date, who swears he never strays onto the dessert menu, insisted on a bite. We rounded off the meal with a cup of Illy coffee for him, and a cup of tea for me: I was thrilled to see the latter arrive in a little teapot. My date was equally impressed that his Americano came with a shot of cold water to wash down the coffee aftertaste – a nice touch.

Chocolat Chic boasts enough eye candy and decent dishes to have made our visit worthwhile, though its location in the outer echelons of Dubai Marina, amid half-built apartment complexes and in full view of the flyover, doesn’t exactly make it a destination restaurant. Sure, anyone living near the Boardwalk complex should celebrate the fact that such a sweet spot has opened on their doorstep, but would I visit again? Well, next time I happen to be in the area, I’d be delighted to stop by for a chocolate macaroon (or two). Just don’t ask me to traverse the city to meet you there on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The bill (for two)
1x Omelette and side salad Dhs35
1x Chicken sandwich Dhs28
2x Macaroons Dhs10
1x Americano Dhs12
1x English tea Dhs12
2x Orange juice Dhs32
Total (excluding service) Dhs129

By Oliver Robinson  | 08 Mar 2011

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
Dress CodeCasuals
Show number +971 4 399 0433
Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dorra Bay, Jumeirah Beach Road

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