Café D’Alsace

A pleasant spot that leaves us wanting more (seasoning) Discuss this article

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A real family-friendly spot with buffet choices spanning Europe and Asia.
Dhs115 (food only), Dhs135 (one house beverage), Dhs65 (kids aged six-12). 11.30am-4pm. Yas Marina, Yas Island. Timings: 11.30am-4pm (Friday)

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We’ve always enjoyed our lazy breakfasts at Café D’Alsace. Its outdoor seating and views of the marina make for an idyllic setting for weekend mornings. This time, however, we decide to visit for dinner. Happily, the vibe is just as pleasant and relaxed as we’re used to during the day.

The dinner menu offers typical café grub – salads, sandwiches, pastas – with a few Alsatian-inspired main dishes, as well.

The gazpacho is artfully presented (in a tumbler over crushed ice) and is refreshing to sip on a warm evening. The flavours of the raw vegetables are beautifully blended, with tomato pieces and cucumber ribbons adding a nice crunch.

Sadly, the same cannot be said for the crispy chicken salad. It is a pretty plate to look at, with ruby-hued pomegranate seeds, wedges of plums and fresh salad leaves, but the fried chicken tenders lack seasoning. And there isn’t enough honey-plum dressing to bring the different ingredients together.

Café D’Alsace also offers pizzas – we opt for the spicy chicken one. The toppings of cheese and chicken are generous, but it’s another dish let down by under-seasoning. Once again, our palates mourn the lack of it.

The bottom line
We’re more impressed with breakfast than dinner at this relaxed spot.

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.

Details

  • Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 496 3412
  • Travel: Yas Marina, Yas Island
  • Website
  • Cuisine: Cafés
  • Times: Open Sun-Thu 8am-midnight, Fri-Sat 8am-2am
  • Price: Dhs200-350

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