02 June, 2013

Pantry Café

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Last Friday I headed to Jumeirah to try out Pantry Café - one of the newest additions to the handful of trendy, health-conscious, well-designed lunch spots that have sprung up around Dubai in the last couple of years. The exposed ceilings are reminiscent of More Café, whilst the menu is comparable to Jones the Grocer and Urban Bistro. 



Due to its residential location (Wasl Square near Safa Park), and the fact that it was was a weekend, the place was packed with families and couples and there were hardly any seats left available. A nice thing about this cafe, though, is that it still didn't feel cramped; it is spacious and bright, with an outside patio as well, which will be lovely in the cooler months.

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On to the food... one of the best things about going to Pantry Cafe on the weekend is that they serve breakfast until 3pm! This suited me perfectly, even though it was 1pm when we arrived, because all I fancied was Eggs Benedict. I'm a huge Eggs Benedict fan and I tend to use this dish as a benchmark for my overall judgement on a restaurant! On this scale, Pantry Cafe was phenomenal. The eggs were steaming hot and cooked just right, the hollandaise sauce was delicious and the serving of salmon was generous; with the salad on the side I couldn't have asked for much more! This was washed down with an apple-fennel-mint juice concoction and I was a very happy girl.

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My lunch dates were also both very pleased with their orders - the grilled chicken and pesto sandwich and the beetroot salad (which had strawberries in it, how alternative). Even the coffee was good, which is always a pleasant surprise and added bonus.

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The only issues that people might have with Pantry Cafe are the price (it's relatively expensive for lunch food but, to be honest, I thought it was worth it) and the slightly slow service. Overall, though, we came away with our appetites sated and a new addition to add to our list of favourite weekend lunchtime venues.


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