‘In grandmother we trust.’ Brunch & Cake
If you love aesthetically pleasing plates of food and cute interiors then the newly opened Brunch & Cake in Marsa Al Bateen is the place for you. This is the third UAE outpost for the popular cafe that originated in Barcelona, the first two venues in Dubai are located in Al Wasl and at The Pointe.
The Abu Dhabi venue is the largest in the region so far. Pastel colours complemented by rattan and bamboo furniture, floral displays and plenty of on-trend pampas grass complete the distinctive boho-chic style interior. Choose to sit in the glass conservatory area overlooking Al Bateen Marina, in one of the booth areas, on a larger table in the main restaurant area or dine alfresco under the European style yellow and white striped awning.
The menu is vast, offering as you would expect lots of breakfast and brunch options as well as cakes of all varieties and plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans too. My best advice would be to arrive hungry, the french toast especially the Nutella version looks insane. Other notable breakfast items include shakshuka, Açai bowl, next level Avo toast, a brekkie pizza (topped with egg and veal bacon) and a whole range of eggs benny options.
Visiting for lunch and dinner? Try dishes such as tapas, burgers, sandwiches, handmade pasta and pizzas as well as mains and desserts. Abu Dhabi menu specials include New York cheesecake style pancakes, deep fried pizza bites and burrata toast. Planning to pop-in for coffee and cake? Choose from indulgent homestyle baked goods like founder Manex Susaeta’s grandma used to bake; cupcakes, donuts, cheesecakes, pastries and large cakes displayed in a pastel pink cabinet. As it’s new, some of the items were unavailable when I visited which only means I have a reason to return.
Drinks wise there’s organic coffees, specialty drinks like beetroot or paleo black peanut lattes, teas, superfood smoothies, organic juices, protein shakes including a healthy tiramisu version and mocktails. Although the menu may look super calorific, Brunch & Cake does air on the more healthy side by using organic ingredients where possible, stone ground flour and no refined sugar with sweeteners such as banana, date or applesauce used instead. Their delicious looking tarts, muffins, biscuits and cupcakes are 100% vegan without added sugar or syrup.
The food is well-presented, colourful dishes served on pastel plates that tone in perfectly with the decor, if you like to populate your Instagram feed with photos of your food this place is a dream.
Brunch & Cake Abu Dhabi
Location: Marsa Al Bateen, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi
Telephone: 800 472 6362
Opening Times: Sunday – Wednesday 9am until 10pm, Thursday – Saturday 9am until 11pm
All views are my own. Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this page © Jo Brett 2021. All rights reserved. Food photo used with courtesy of www.instagram.com/brunchandcakeuae