Time Out Says
Vivel Patisserie’s cafe is best described as cosy – think cushy sofas, wooden shelves lined with trinkets and large colourful murals on the walls. The seating is sparse, and so are the menu choices. It is clear, in fact, that the food menu is an afterthought, comprising five sandwiches, a couple of salads and three breakfast options printed on one sheet of laminated yellow paper. Indeed, all the love usually reserved for crafting the food menu has instead been poured into the beverage list. Sleek black menus cover a vast range of teas – white, black, green, chai and exotic combinations such as the spicy Shining Star or the fruity Red Kiss are all represented alongside optimum infusion times and temperatures.
But we were there for the food – as it turns out, a big mistake. We opted for the most substantial item on the menu – the club sandwich. If you want to try the worst club sandwich in the city, look no further. Four slices of cheap bread wrapped around a greasy fried egg, one slice of floppy processed cheese, a lump of unidentifiable meat and a few bits of sad looking tomato do not a club sandwich make. What it does make is a greasy, carb-laden mess that tastes of very little. Desperate to salvage what had become a very depressing lunch, we ordered some of the sweets – and in doing so discovered the real reason to visit Vivel. Rich hazelnut pralines and sweet, crumbly Arabic biscuits were perfectly executed and impossibly moreish, and very satisfying when washed down with a steaming mug of fresh coffee or exotic brewed tea. Vivel might be a nice place to sit, but the wise will ignore the shambles of a food menu and go straight for the sweet treats. If you’re looking for a choice of well-executed chocolates, sweets and biscuits that’s vast enough to satisfy even the fussiest sugar-lover, head to Vivel; if you’re looking for lunch, look elsewhere.
The bill (for two)
Club sandwich x 2 Dhs42
Sweet box Dhs60
Total (excluding service) Dhs102
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 09 Aug 2011
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