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The food at Café Arabia is good, simple stuff that's fresh, and there's variety enough to cater to all tastes. The quaint little buffet area features fresh breads, croissants and pastries, as well as Arabic and continental breakfast delights including scrambled eggs, potato wedges, tabbouleh, houmous and labneh. Then there are fresh salads drizzled with pomegranate dressing, oriental rice and even creamy mushroom pasta for those who woke up with an appetite. Of course, there's an order to all of this. The morning begins mostly with breakfast, but as the afternoon sets in, lunchtime dishes start to make an appearance. There's also a cheeseboard and plenty of fruit available. And, if you so wish, you can even have the kitchen cook you up something à la carte. It's all excellent value for money – brunch at Café Arabia is one of the cheapest in the capital – but it's also one of the classiest options. For those who associate brunch with culture and refinement (as opposed to sloth and witless hedonism), this should become your Friday noon local. It has us coming back thanks, in no small part, to the arty, laid-back atmosphere. It's a place you can enjoy both with friends and alone – when the small bookshelf of random titles comes in handy.
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