Time Out Says
Tucked away next to a dry cleaners on Muroor Road, Shay Madhoot doesn’t really look anything special from the outside.
But the greatness of this breakfast and karak spot isn’t exactly a big secret.
The petite but immaculately clean café is only big enough to hold four tables, and fortunately there’s one spare for us. Looking around us we clock huge pans of shakshuka on the neighbouring tables, and immediately realise that we’re in for a very nice time.
Our server is extremely friendly, explaining which are the best selling dishes and asking us what kind of thing we’re after.
Obviously we order the shakshuka (eggs poached in spicy tomatoes) and after being convinced that both dishes offer constrasting flavours and textures, the Turkish eggs (eggs with labneh and chilli) too.
As the place is famed for its signature karak, we also order a couple of mugs of sweet and creamy tea to sip as we wait.
The comforting steaming drinks are delicious, and served with a couple of biscuits on the side and at only Dhs5 each, it’s clear why the charming spot has such a legendary reputation.
There’s a bit of a wait for our food and the staff are extremely apologetic, explaining that it’s because everything is being made from scratch. That’s good news to us, and when the dishes arrive, neatly presented on wooden boards and with a wicker basket of freshly made porotta bread, we’re beyond excited.
The shakshuka tastes possibly even better than it looks. The yolks are just runny enough and the delicately flavoured sauce is topped with chunks of delicious feta cheese.
The Turkish eggs has also clearly been made with real skill, and the creamy yoghurt goes wonderfully with the chunky slices of bread that come with it. Both dishes compliment each other perfectly, and we’re feeling totally full by the time we leave.
The takeaway orders are being dished out thick and fast as we eat, and we love the little touches like the ‘have a cup of positivi-tea’ sign propped up by the door and the karak-themed totebags and postcards which are up for sale.
This is an Abu Dhai institution that everyone should try.
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