Ultra Brasserie - Downtown Dubai

This lively café is convenient for Emaar Square dwellers

Time Out Says

If you took Dubai’s DIFC and subtracted the square root of London’s Canary Wharf, I’m pretty sure you’d end up with Emaar Square, a cosmopolitan-looking complex of office buildings housing several of the city’s financial institutions. Having heard that the workers in building four are enjoying an enviable lunchtime stop, I dropped in on a Sunday lunchtime to size it up.

My first impression was that even taking into account that it was a weekday lunchtime, since the venue sat cheek by jowl with a large coffee chain, and there were other eating options in the area, Ultra Brasserie was incredibly busy.

The place is large, bright and spacious, with a deli display of sandwiches and bites at the counter and a colourful motif of triangles across the walls (that looked suspiciously like branding for one of the banks in the building). Dotted around the café are some vintage and characterful adornments, such as old-fashioned looking telephones and a gramophone. A chalkboard running above the counter was filled with calls to eat well, to choose organically and quotes from author JRR Tolkien.

Initially, as I anxiously attempted to flag down a waiter for a menu, I wondered if, given the volume of other customers I’d ever be served. Service also felt fairly rushed and stressed throughout, even when it was efficient. Once I received a menu, and got over the pretentious use of ‘é’ instead of ‘and’ all over it, I weighed up my options between a selection of dishes such as wagyu beef burgers, organic linguine with Australian king prawns, or one of the daily selections of sandwiches and salads.

I ordered the sandwich and salad combination, opting for the ‘philly’ sandwich with smoked salmon and cream cheese and the butternut squash and snow peas salad. Despite my fears, this arrived in less than ten minutes. The sandwich was made with a soft, fluffy and rustic baguette and there were plenty of slices of tomato and cucumber inside, but I felt it was a fairly average affair, since the cream cheese tasted thick and stiff like chilled butter, and the overall impression was that the sandwich had been sitting there for a while that day.

The salad was good however, with honey sweet and creamy pieces of roasted butternut squash, and while it was healthy and enjoyable, I felt it needed something more, (pine nuts, cherry tomatoes, goat’s cheese) anything really just to add another dimension to it. Again, I waited some time for the bill, longer I feel than for my food, which seemed strange.

Ultra Brasserie is a good lunchtime option, especially of course if you work or live nearby, but sadly at the same time, it’s no knockout.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 19 Nov 2013

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Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
Dress CodeCasuals
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PMMonday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PMTuesday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PMWednesday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PMThursday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PMFriday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Show number +971 4 420 4572
Dubai, Burj Khalifa Area, Emaar Square

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