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Nestled between the finance and energy ministries is Abu Dhabi’s newest café, Crustique. Brought to you by the team behind The Third Place Café, Crustique shares the same cosy vibe as its big brother near the Corniche.

The décor is pretty standard: rows of sandy-hued tables and benches and pale-coloured chairs line up in a space brightened with Edison lightbulbs (cafés and bars seem to love them).

We’re visiting not long after the venue launched and the café’s menu is still relatively small, but full of interesting dishes, especially during breakfast time. For example, the shakshuka is served in a bowl made from a hollowed-out crusty bread roll. Meanwhile, the sweet potato waffles come with a combination of the classic eggs Benedict and eggs Florentine. The dish is as tasty as it is creative. And there’s enough going on to start your day off on a fulfilling note. The perfectly-poached eggs are spooned with a home-made Hollandaise sauce. A streak of crispy beef bacon and sautéed spinach rest underneath each egg. Brilliant.

There’s a deal on breakfasts that gets you a tea or coffee with your order. Unfortunately, karak isn’t included so you’ll have to fork out extra for that. It is delicious, however, so we’d recommend it. We would like to see it included in the deal eventually, especially as you can pick it up for a couple of dirhams anywhere else.

The café bakes all its own breads and pastries, and the flatbreads are already proving popular. The base is thin, with a delightfully chewy crust. The Mediterranean Vegan option with sundried tomatoes, olives, aubergine and artichokes is a satisfying, light lunch pick.

The staff at Crustique are pleasant, and what they lack in knowledge of the menu they make up for in friendliness.

The bill (for two)
1x karak chai
1x sweet potato waffles Dhs39
1x vegan flatbread Dhs19
1x croissant Dhs7
1x pain au chocolate Dhs10
Opening discount Dhs13.50
Total (including taxes) Dhs76.50

The bottom line
A newbie, good for a lazy weekend meal.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Al Falah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 677 7004
  • Travel: Ministry of Energy Building, Al Falah Street
  • Cuisine: Cafés
  • Times: Open Sun-Thu 7am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-7pm

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