Baker & Spice Souk Al Bahar’s doors have been open for a decade, which, we are sure you will agree is quite a feat in this market. It’s also not the only Baker & Spice in town. There are now eight Baker & Spice locations across the GCC and the company employees over 500 people. So what’s the magic formula? Co-owner Andre Gerschel’s cousin started the business ten years ago with the ambitious aim of serving locally-grown, organic food where possible. Although there are now a handful of excellent eateries following the same mission, ten years ago, there were none. The company now works with over 26 local organic farms and is an icon in the industry.
The menu is centred around seasonal produce, and therefore constantly changing. If it’s not available close by, it’s not on the list. That is why you will never find salmon on a Baker & Spice menu – it’s not native to the region.
Ambience-wise, this Souk Al Bahar icon is as cosy as they come. The beautiful outdoor terrace has some of the best views in the Burj Khalifa Area, there are various breads, pastries and cakes on display to whet your appetite, and the tables and chairs are made from old barges, adding more chapters to the sustainability stories being told at this homegrown hotspot.
Baker & Spice is one of those gems that ticks a lot of boxes – great for dining solo, in big groups with friends or family, kid-friendly, an awesome spot for getting some work done or studying, having a business meeting, or (when the weather permits) enjoying a cup of coffee and a piece of cake out on the terrace with unrivalled views of the the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai’s dancing fountains. Over the years, The Huntr team have enjoyed this homegrown hero for all and more of these occasions.
Most recently we visited for breakfast and ended up staying for lunch too. For the former, we ordered the Organic Oatmeal & Ricotta Pancake Stack (48AED), which is gluten-free and comes with caramelised bananas and a sweet date syrup. And the (Nearly) Full English Breakfast (78AED), which is comprised of 2 eggs (scrambled, sunny side up or poached), homemade sausage, and Boston-style baked beans with fried bread – the perfect hearty and filling weekend or weekday treat. From the lunch menu, we couldn’t resist ordering from the salad bar – which has to be one of the most amazing and colourful in the city. For 58AED you get to divide 300g of wholesome salads between (up to) 4 salad options. The ingredients are all sourced from local markets and organic farms – we opted for 150g of the eggplant, kale and broccoli and 150g of the pumpkin salad. We also ordered the Oven-Baked Octopus (85AED), which comes with poached potatoes, olives, capers, basil and is drizzled in a smoked paprika oil and the 12-Hour Braised Beef Short Rib (125AED) – 350g of tender, perfect beef short rib paired with creamy mashed potato and a thick sauce. Divine. Don’t miss it. To end a fabulous (two) meals on a sweet note, we shared the Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae (35AED), which is a delicious combination of flakes Roche, salted butter pecan sauce and a moist and delicious gluten-free brownie.
Drinks-wise, Baker & Spice is alcohol-free and offers a wide range of speciality coffees and teas, freshly-squeezed juices and shakes, mocktails and soft beverages.
Insider tip: Baker & Spice is a great place to pick up a gift for a foodie friend – check out their amazing artisanal breads, jams and other pantry treats.
You can also find Baker & Spice at the Gold & Diamond Park in Al Quoz, Town Centre Jumeirah, Souk Al Manzil Downtown Dubai, Marina Promenade Dubai Marina, Kuwait City and Bahrain.