Well known coffee giant with branches all over town

Time Out Says

New cafés are constantly popping up in Dubai, swarming over the city like a tribe of determined caffeine ants. Costa, worldwide coffee-house giant, is no exception to the rule, pumping out new outlets faster than a puma in a hurry; the latest venue to get the Costa treatment is building three at Internet City. On our visit we found its stark executive exterior unwelcoming, but being ravenous we seated our grumbling stomachs at a table outside. A cool breeze floated over the assorted customers perched on chrome chairs, gazing out over the fountain and palm fronds of the business park.

Though it may be a little uninviting outside, the building interior holds a warm, enticing food court of which Costa is a main feature. The colourful, garish décor is lit up by large glass windows overlooking the serene green slopes outside. At 1.30pm the place was bustling, which gave it atmosphere but also meant the best sandwiches had already been nabbed.

However, near the ravaged sarnie counter stood a buffet with mixed grills, salads, soup, and a pasta selection. From this we chose a chicken fillet with veg and creamy mushroom sauce, backed up by rounds of garlic bread. We weren’t disappointed; it was succulent, tasty and decent value for money. A ham and three cheese panini with iced mochaccino and fresh-squeezed OJ also did us no end of good.

The staff are extremely friendly and seem to have developed chummy relationships with their regular customers, bringing something of a village-life feel to this business community. Cheap, cheerful and with decent lunchbreak fodder, Costa is the perfect setting for the internet city slicker.

By Rob Orchard  | 01 Feb 2003

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