Review: Urban Beats

Metronome provides a platform for musicians to showcase their skills.” URBAN BITES

My family and I were lucky enough to be invited to review the Urban Bites ready-to-eat healthy food options at their Khalidiya branch located in Shining Tower, which I scheduled on a Saturday evening so that we could also enjoy their latest Metronome music event.

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The Urban Bites menu is packed full of delicious options prepared daily using only the best and freshest ingredients available, perfect for those nutrition conscious and healthy eating folk. There is simply so much to choose from with a wide choice of gourmet sandwiches, bagels, wraps, pies, pastas, soups, snack pots, salads, breakfast and baked goods as well as desserts, hot, cold and soft drinks and a selection of Urban Bites special coffees (the restaurant serves a special blend of beans roasted to perfection by the RAW Coffee Company).

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On the advice of the eldest, who is an Urban Bites regular customer and nutrition buff, we all opted for the signature create-your-own salad, where you can choose up to seven of your favourite ingredients to make your own individual creations in either a medium or large size. Everything is clearly listed in four sections with vegetables, protein, cheeses and dressings to choose from, so you can be as healthy or as naughty as you like. There is an extensive range of twenty-six different vegetables available from salad leaves to soba noodles and everything in-between, with protein options of chicken, fish and quinoa as well as four types of cheese, all topped off by a choice of thirteen different dressings.

PicFrame-6PicFrame-8I finished off my meal with a RAW coffee cafe latte and a slice of the rather delightful banana cake topped with fresh banana slices (I can highly recommend both the coffee and the cake and I have my eye on the lemon version for my next visit) and the teenager tried the tasty apple lattice pie. We also tried some of their smoothies and juices which were also very delicious, I left extremely full and with a rose in hand as it was Arabic Mothers Day.

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Metronome is a fantastic live talent show featuring local artists and held every third Saturday of the month at the Urban Bites restaurant, facilitated and broadcast live by White Cube radio station through their Facebook page. The evening was compared by White Cube Studio’s founding partner Waleed Shah and we were all amazed and impressed by the high standard of musicians and performers, especially the set by local Emirati guitarist and singer Khalifa Nasser, who also performs at SALT at the new Mushrif Central Park. Nasser thoroughly impressed the teenager with his setlist that contained a great Ed Sheeran cover. White Cube is the capital’s only licensed music studio and it promotes the local music scene and the awesome community initiative Metronome, supported by Urban Bites, giving local musicians the unique opportunity to showcase their talent, sometimes for the first time, at the popular events in front of an audience on a monthly basis.PicFrame-7DSC09939

Alongside supporting the local music scene, Urban Bites recently launched its Art Gallery at its Airport Road location which offers local artists the opportunity to exhibit their work on the cafe’s exposed white brick walls. Read more about the Art Gallery in my recent Art Bites post which features the first exhibitor, photographer Vera Vernorova. Anyone wishing to find out more about showcasing their artistic talents at Urban Bites should email info@urbanbites.me.

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Urban Bites – It’s Where the City Eats.

To find out more about Urban Bites, visit their website here.

To see the full menu and information about the online ordering and delivery options click here or telephone 800 URBAN (87226). For all the up-to-date Urban Bites news and offer visit their Facebook page here

For information about the Metronome events and White Cube on Facebook here.

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I was invited to review this restaurant but the views are all my own based on our experience and what we ordered, ate and drank. Unless otherwise stated all photos © Jo Brett 2015. All rights reserved. First photo used courtesy of Urban Bites Facebook