These guys get extra points for portion size – one milkshake could easily satisfy two (even three) eager customers. The shakes are thick and lush (that’ll be the fresh cream) and we dig the malt versions, which taste like Maltesers. They’re also served perfectly chilled. Now if they were just a bit cheaper.
Marina Walk, Dubai Marina (04 368 2339). Other locations: The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Beach Centre, Jumeirah. Dhs24
Given that this place is primarily a tea shop, we wouldn’t have pegged it for offering truly delightful milkshakes. The mango version is our fave: it has whole chunks of fresh fruit running through it and is so creamy it almost froths. If only the café itself had a bit more atmosphere.
Dubai Marina (04 430 8970). Dhs18
Milkshakes are creamy – that’s part of their modus operandi. But the Fatburger shakes are so thick and clotted, they manage to defy creaminess. It’s almost as if the concoction came straight from the cow’s udder. We’re in love with this whipped cream-like dessert (particularly the strawberry version), and the price is reasonable to boot.
The Dubai Mall (04 339 8493). Other location: Mirdif City Centre. Dhs15
We’re surprised that more places in Dubai don’t serve date milkshakes. Luckily Carluccio’s, bastion of Italian cooking, offers a chunky version with pieces of date, and it’s not too sweet (a rare accomplishment). We could possibly take the shake a bit thicker, but we like it all the same.
The Dubai Mall (04 434 1320). Other location: Mirdif City Centre. Dhs22
These shakes are simple: grab a scoop of home-made ice cream, add milk and ice, blend. We adore the fruity flavours – particularly strawberry – and love how each shake tastes as though it’s made from scratch (no corn syrup here).
Garhoud (04 283 0224). Other locations: Gold & Diamond Park, Al Murooj Rotana, The Dubai Mall, Festival City, Mirdif City Centre. Dhs24
Shakespeare & Co.
This quaint little café chain offers a huge range of flavours (think coffee, banana, honey-banana and cookies and cream), and the atmosphere is such that we could while away the day trying each and every one. Thick, fresh and delicious, these would be the top pick if they weren’t so expensive.
The Village Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 6228). Other locations: Safa Centre, The Dubai Mall, Hayya Club, Emirates Hills, Souk Al Bahar, Al Attar Business Tower. Dhs30