This week we have a host of new café concepts in the city to share. Lebanese favourite Mezze House has launched new coffee house and shisha lounge Gahwet Mezza. The concept replicates the Middle East’s traditional arwa (Arabic coffee houses) with a space where guests can enjoy tea, backgammon and cards, but updated with colourful interiors devised by UAE-based designer Tamer Khalifa who has created handcrafted furniture for the café.
New to Uptown Mirdif is Mellow Yellow, a café and bakery that promises a menu packed with locally sourced ingredients. Dishes served include roast rosemary chicken and lemon zucchini wrap and profiteroles served with date cream and fresh fruit. Mellow Yellow will also be Dubai pioneers of the ‘cronut’ craze, a croissant/doughnut hybrid that has seen customers queuing around the block outside stateside bakeries. Whilst in Uptown Mirdif, take a trip to Kuttab Café which opened earlier this year. The café and bookshop concept is run by Kuttab Publishing, and boasts an impressive selection of Arab titles including many by young Emirati authors.
From Arabic to a Colombian café franchise, Colombiano Coffee is now open in Media City and there are also rumours of a Portuguese café coming soon to Dubai. Alma 560 Café will be a Lisbon-inspired hangout, complete with blue and white tiled interiors and Portuguese custard tarts on the menu. The café’s intended mall-based location is as yet unconfirmed, but we’ll keep you updated.
As the city goes café crazy, JLT upholds its side of the bargain with the impending opening of Fraiche Café and Bistro, Caffé Trieste and Rolling Pin Café and Bakery. JLT is also going veggie-friendly, with the launch of 77 Veggie Boutique, which offers a healthy vegetarian menu, made with local and organic produce. You can try spinach tortilla stuffed with marinated vegetables or low fat balti potatoes with aubergine. Also opening in the area is Spice Kraft, an independent Indian eatery focussing on vegetarian cooking.
Following news earlier this year that Bulgarian celebrity chef Silvena Rowe plans to open a restaurant in Dubai, she’ll be getting warmed at The H Hotel over Ramadan, where the buffet iftar and à la carte suhoor will feature a selection of her signature Ottoman recipes. Could that mean Silvena’s restaurant is set to appear in the now defunct space that was once Empire in The H Hotel? Watch that restaurant space...
And finally, continuing this week’s café fixation, this year Ramadan will be characterised by a new trend of cool café spots hosting casual yet gourmet iftar menus, including Pantry Café, Urban Bistro and Le Gourmet Café, and Lafayette Gourmet.
Until next time, bon appétit!