Baker & Spice
Holy smoke! These fried beauties are so sublime they’re almost other-worldly. Handmade with love (and organic ingredients), these babies are light, airy and filled with a selection of interesting jams. The only drawback is that Baker & Spice doesn’t always stock them, so you have to call ahead.
Critic’s pick: Doughnuts filled with cream and plum jam – like a heaven-sent scone.
Souk Al Bahar (04 425 2240). Dhs12 each
These crullers are for those that like their sweets with a healthy sheen. Baked rather than fried and not as sweet as the traditional pastry, Dante’s doughnuts aren’t likely to excite the sugar-addicted among us. They’re also not as light as we like our doughnuts – they can be a tad bready. Still, at least we don’t feel too guilty consuming them.
Critic’s pick: Chocolate doughnut.
Green Community (04 885 3399). Dhs12 each
If we’re honest, we’ve never been massive fans of Dunkin’ Donuts, and things haven’t changed while researching this round-up. The brand does have two things going for it: variety and consistency. While the doughnuts aren’t bad, they do tend to be pretty constant.
Critic’s pick: Double chocolate doughnut – a rich cocoa hit.
Various locations. Dhs4 each. Dhs35 for 18 doughnuts, Dhs45 for 24 doughnuts
Doughnuts can be pretty standard; few shops venture far beyond sugar-coated and jam-filled varieties. Not the case with this Singaporean brand, which offers five (five!) coffee-themed doughnuts, in addition to a green tea and a mango version. Plus, these doughnuts seriously rock. Our only quibble is that sometimes they’re a little too sweet. Otherwise, thumbs up.
Critic’s pick: Latte hill – a tasty coffee cream-filled doughnut.
Trade Centre Road, opposite BurJuman (050 990 4848). Dhs5 each
House of Donuts
This hole-in-the-wall shop is a bit out of the way. Tucked away inside the Al Ghurair Mall, the diminutive store carries a small yet reasonable offer of all the classics, although the counter staff take their time putting a batch together – which is odd, given that the place was relatively empty on our visit. The doughnuts themselves are too bready for our liking and without nuance.
Critic’s pick: Go for the classic jam doughnut.
Al Ghurair Mall (04 345 2373). Dhs4 each
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Krispy Kreme’s doughnuts are undeniably some of the world’s best. We’re not sure what we love most about them: their fluffy, cloudlike texture or their sweet, gooey glaze. If you ever get a chance to get them fresh from the oven, do.
Critic’s pick: Try the signature glazed, cream-filled doughnut.
Various locations. Dhs5 each
These aren’t technically doughnuts, but boy are they good. These baked buns (see? They’re already healthier) have a caramelised exterior and coffee flavour, plus a groove full of melted butter. We don’t know how they get the butter in, but we don’t care – we’re busy eating.
Critic’s pick: Bun (it’s the only food item on the menu).
The Dubai Mall (no number). Dhs11 each