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So, we’re in the peaceful Al Bateen area to check out its newest café, tashas, which already has a branch in Dubai.
The casual but chic design is inspired by the Mediterranean, and we love the natural textures and palettes used in the décor. The marina-facing location makes its shaded outdoor area the perfect spot for a leisurely weekend breakfast, and there are plenty of options – healthy and hearty – on the menu to kick-start your morning.
The tourlou tourlou, which translates to “mixed up” in Greek, is a filling bowl. A mound of roasted, halved potatoes serves as a solid base. Spooned over them is a layer of the classic Neapolitan sauce. And, in case you’re wondering where the “breakfast” element comes in, there are fluffy scrambled eggs that sit on top, with crumbled, salty feta. It’s a very flavourful dish and, with toast on the side, quite filling, too. But, for Dhs52, perhaps it should be.
If you prefer a sweeter take on breakfast, the brioche French toast will make you happy. Two, thick slices of caramelised, eggy bread are served up with a fresh berry preserve and crème Anglaise. Delicious.
There is also a decent list of hot beverages and the variety of freshly squeezed juices are full of flavour, zing and goodness. The apple, lime and ginger is our top pick, if you’re asking.
The friendly staff are well-versed with the menu and enjoy a little banter. And we love the cool tunes playing in the background – they match the food and setting perfectly.
It’s not always about the glitzy openings, you know.
The bill (for two)
1x apple/lime juice Dhs35
1x tourlou tourlou Dhs52
1x spiced chai Dhs26
1x brioche French toast Dhs48
Total (excluding taxes) Dhs161
The bottom line
A lovely setting and top food.
Time Out Abu Dhabi,
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