Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 1 November 2020

8 of the best breakfast dishes in Dubai: From eggs at La Serre to masala dosa at Saravana Bhavan

Whether you want to spend Dh90 or Dh12, we've got you covered

Cassette's sweet potato hash is a firm favourite due to its omelette-style consistency
Cassette's sweet potato hash is a firm favourite due to its omelette-style consistency

In a country that contains myriad nationalities within its borders, it's no surprise that the breakfast options amount to more than just a cuppa and some toast.

Indeed, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in Dubai that go all out when it comes to helping you get the day started off right. So whether it's getting in your smashed avocado fix or indulging in some classic French toast, there's no shortage of places to try.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favourite breakfast dishes, and where to find them, from across the city.

La Serre: L’avocat Benedicte de La Serre

If you can't choose between the eggs Benedict on a breakfast menu, or anything with avocado, you no longer have to. This French bistro's take on the humble eggs benny – the L’avocat Benedicte de  La Serre – comes with two poached organic eggs on toasted Campaillou bread, served up with a hearty slathering of the green stuff.

Topped with veal bacon, smoked salmon, spinach or mushrooms, as well as a giant dollop of hollandaise, it's the perfect mix of a millennial's two favourite breakfast dishes and filling enough to have you firing on all engines for the rest of the day.

The price tag makes it once of the city's more expensive plates of eggs – but rest assured you're getting quality. Make sure you save room for dessert, too; the pastries at La Serre are some of the best in Dubai (try the Deauvillaise).

Price: Dh90

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai; (04) 528 3779; 7am-10pm, daily; laserre.com

Nightjar Coffee: Avo toast

It’s a simple, straightforward breakfast dish that comes with a poached egg and hazelnut caponata on a slice of sourdough bread. There are many avocado toasts out there, but this one stands out because of the way the eggs are made (yolks not too runny, whites not rubbery), the freshness of the bread and the quality of ingredients used.

Price: Dh52

Nightjar Coffee, Unit G62, Alserkal Avenue; 04 330 6635; 10am-7pm daily; nightjar.coffee

Kaak and Co by PK: PK Special Falafel

This could be the most unique falafel in Dubai.
This could be the most unique falafel in Dubai.

These aren’t your grandmother’s falafel.

Stuffed with stringy, melted cheese, these bites are larger than those you may be accustomed to. And for their price, they better be. While most spots sell a single falafel for Dh1, these go for almost Dh13 a pair. But you’ll still be getting your money’s worth as four of them will leave you feeling quite stuffed. Kaak and Co by PK have a number of other interesting takes on the menu for the breakfast favourite, including chilli-stuffed falafel. But it’s the PK Special that is truly a unique twist on the traditional deep-fried food.

Price: Dh12.60 for two

G10 Shorooq Community Centre, Mirdif; 04 557 1703; 9am-12am daily

Tashas: Brioche French toast

The French toast at Tashas is a favourite pick from the popular restaurant.
The French toast at Tashas is a favourite pick from the popular restaurant.

Pretty much everything on the breakfast menu at one of the UAE’s Tashas restaurants is a guaranteed win, but we always come back to the classic French toast. Served with a side of mixed berries or Italian cherry preserve and creme anglaise, the doorstop slices of fluffy brioche bread are deliciously indulgent, but worth every calorie. What’s a weekend without a treat anyway?

Price: Dh58

Tashas, various locations including Al Barsha, Al Jalila, Galleria, and Marina Mall in Dubai, and Al Bateen in Abu Dhabi; breakfast is served between 9am and 6pm; www.tashascafe.com

Cassette: sweet potato hash

Cassette's sweet potato hash is a firm favourite due to its omelette-style consistency
Cassette's sweet potato hash will keep you full all day long.

These baked eggs almost veer into omelette territory, but manage to retain all the delicious breakfast goodness of two runny eggs. The dish is packed with pan-fried sweet potato cubes, red and yellow peppers, onion, Parmesan and cream cheese, and then topped with cherry tomatoes, avocado and feta. It is the kind of brunch dish that truly does keep you full until dinner time.

Order it with a long black, which always arrives perfectly brewed. The real bonus is that Cassette is one of a handful of places in the city that lets dogs inside. They are permitted to sit with you at tables in the cafe's The Courtyard seating, which are under cover and air conditioned, making it dog-friendly for the summer months. The cafe itself has super cool bistro-style interiors, with neutral furniture and mint green accents.

Price: Dh58

Cassette, The Courtyard, 4th Street, Al Quoz, Dubai; 04 349 1966; 8am-6pm, daily; cassette.ae

Saravana Bhavan: Masala dosa

This Indian vegetarian restaurant has branches around the world, and there’s a reason why it’s so famous: the food is simply that good.

Saravana Bhavan has a "dosa corner" section of the menu with everything ranging from a plain dosa (a crispy, savoury rice crepe) to a baby corn masala dosa. It’s honestly difficult to choose just one but start with a masala dosa, which will arrive on your table looking bigger than the plate. Served piping hot, with potato in the centre and helpings of chutney and sambar, this is a winner.

Classic dosas are gluten-free and dairy free, and a wonderful way to start the day.

Price: Dh12 for a masala dosa; most dosas are priced below Dh20.

Multiple branches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah; www.saravanabhavan

Hot n Spicy: Halwa puri

The halwa puri from Hot n Spicy.
The halwa puri from Hot n Spicy.

This Pakistani / North Indian joint is known for its rolls and chicken handi curry, but every weekend it has a special breakfast menu, which includes halwa puri. The classic Pakistani breakfast dish serves fluffy puris – a type of deep-fried savoury bread – with sweet halwa (made from semolina), spicy channa (chickpeas) and a potato curry. This isn’t exactly the healthiest of breakfasts, but well worth a taste if you’re up for trying something new.

Price: Dh21

Branches in Barsha Heights, Business Bay and Jumeirah Lakes Towers; timings vary; 04 368 8508; www.hotnspicy.ae

Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant: The mini tiffin

Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant's mini tiffin.
Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant's mini tiffin.

There is nothing mini about this dish, and it isn't served in a tiffin, either. It's a platter featuring the best South Indian breakfast dishes in slightly smaller portions. You get a masala dosa, vada, button idlis dunked in sambar, upma and a sweet dish. It all comes piping hot, jam-packed full of flavour and you can wash it all down with a complimentary tea or filter coffee. It's a humble and pocket-friendly breakfast option and, if you indulge late morning, there will be no need for lunch.

Price: Dh18.50

Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant, various locations across Abu Dhabi and Dubai; www.sangeethaveg.com

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Updated: July 23, 2020 08:46 AM

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