The venue in JLT feels surprisingly small once you get inside, with tables almost uncomfortably close together. However, this impression is also a reflection of how busy Friends’ Avenue Café can get. It looks like a neat mixture of urban edge and domestic cosiness. There is table service, but it sometimes goes awry, although the food is worth it when it arrives. Early-risers can enjoy the breakfast dishes, while there’s also a selection of salads, sandwiches and more substantial main courses such as crispy skinned salmon, steak or burgers. Keep an eye on the daily specials, and definitely order it if the beef brisket burger is available. It arrives on a wooden platter with a fat and fluffy sesame bun, crammed with shredded meat and shredded cabbage, making for a rich, greedy and filling lunchtime treat. Other dishes can be a bit hit and miss, but this is an affordably priced little café that’s worth a try.
Friends’ Avenue Café, JLT
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