Time Out Says
We head to the South African eatery with so much more on our minds than rainbow cakes. With a magnificent view of The Dubai Fountain (which are so good you voted it Best Fountain View at the Time Out Dubai Love Food Awards) and the Waterfall indoors, Walnut Grove’s simple interiors are anything but boring.
It’s a second branch in Dubai, alongside City Walk, where it’s famous for its giant cakes. As with the City Walk menu, this one is packed full of classics.
Starting off with one of the “famous” salads (it says so on the menu), we go for the burrata. Super fresh and creamy, the cheese sits happily on top of a generous bed of mixed greens.
It’s unfortunate that the vinaigrette dressing is a bit bitter and overpowering. Similarly, in the scampi rolls, the de-shelled prawn meat is overshadowed by the sweet chilli Sriracha mayonnaise, although the seeded mini slider buns almost balance things out.
Next up, we order the beef fillet trio, and it’s cooked perfectly as per our order. It’s juicy and topped with sweet potato shavings for some crunch. The beef jus and salsa verde are perfect for a quick dip, but the African chakalaka and Peppadew pesto lack a bit of flavour. The side mashed potatoes are a tad plain, too, and the mixed-in biltong nowhere to be found.
Of course we’re here for the desserts to, so we get a slice of coconut cake.
It’s served with Maltesers and some Raffaelos scattered around, but the icing, well, takes the cake.
Walnut Grove’s branch in The Dubai Mall has a charming family-friendly setting, for a post- or pre-shopping pit-stop, though it needs to up its game in terms of dishes to compete with other mall spots.
WHAT IS IT...
New South African eatery at The Dubai Mall
For the Fountain views and cakes
By Time Out Dubai staff | 21 Apr 2019
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