“First restaurant of it’s kind which offers various kinds of breakfast meals containing egg.” Egg Shack Cafe
Discovering new places to eat in Abu Dhabi is always a bonus, it’s not all about fine-dining and swanky hotels, there’s a really good up and coming independent cafe scene and we’ve discovered an egg-cellent new venue. Egg Shack cafe is entirely devoted to eggs, every type of egg dish is available with so many all-day breakfast combinations as well as savoury and dessert dishes.
Who doesn’t want the option to eat breakfast all day every day? Getting perfectly cooked eggs in the UAE can be a challenge but our eggs at Egg Shack were just the way we like it, fully cooked white with a runny yolk. I’m a breakfast girl so ordered my favourite poached eggs on English muffins which were delicious and came with a roasted tomato and a small salad. My dining companion opted for Egg Shack’s own interruption of the burger, sliced Wagyu steak served on a warm bun with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and a special secret sauce and upon request topped with a fried egg.
The all day options have the usual eggy contenders like scrambled, fried, poached, boiled and omelettes but original variations on your standard egg dishes are also available. The Pesto eggs benedict with smoked salmon, soft coddled eggs served on smooth potato puree in a glass jar and Eggs N’ Nest served on hash brown and topped with shaved parmesan all look interesting. I also liked the look of the Tangier Shakshouka, a Moroccan dish that another diner was tucking into on the next table. I can thoroughly recommend the egg shaped Nutella filled waffles that were so good, light and fluffy, oozing with chocolate and served with rich chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries, a perfect sweet treat in the morning.
Egg Shack is a cool, intimate venue with a good sized menu and friendly staff. With only four tables inside and two perched on the step outside you might have to wait to be seated especially at weekends. White washed exposed brick, exposed oversized light bulbs, wall-hung wooden crates with signature golden eggs and cute french condiments all add to the quirky yet relaxed vibe. It may be tucked away in Al Mushrif but it was certainly popular when we visited late one Saturday morning, all the tables were filled and people waiting too.
Emirati owner Ali is not resting on his laurels as alongside the cafe he has a portable Egg Shack kiosk which has already debuted at the HSBC Golf championship and the Red Bull Air show with more events in the pipeline. He said of his venture “Our main target is to serve healthy and good quality food, we can achieve that by only buying fresh meat and chicken and never frozen. He added, “All our beef is grass fed which contains no hormones and this assures less saturated fat in the meat itself.”
Egg Shack is a cracking spot for breakfast whatever the time of the day. If you love eggs it’s time to pay this cute cafe a visit, its egg-ceptional.
Egg Shack Cafe
Location: Rashed Bin Saeed St (Old Airport Road), Abu Dhabi click here for the exact location
Telephone: 02 666 4141
I was invited to review this cafe. All views are my own. Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this page © Jo Brett 2017. All rights reserved.
The first edited version of this article appeared in Dining and Nightlife Abu Dhabi magazine – March 2017