Named after its address at 102 Beach Road, this cosy cafe & boutique concept serves up some of the best tasting healthy dishes we have ever eaten, in a charming little white villa – a stone’s throw from the beach in Jumeirah, Dubai. What we like most about Comptoir 102 is how it’s ahead of the curve: It has been pedalling matcha way before you heard of it, and whilst you will find it on the menu – quinoa is not hailed as some ‘new’ superfood, it’s kind of like old news at Comptoir 102. These guys know that sprouting, fermenting and soaking is the clean emperor’s new groove, and dedicated health foodies will definitely find inspiration for ‘cooking’ here, week after week.
Like any great restaurant filed under the ‘healthy’ genre, the menu changes often according to seasonal produce. However, there are some regular items that we can thoroughly recommend including the seaweed pesto, which features Comptoir 102’s famous guacamole rich in vitamin E, raw linseed crackers rich in omega 3 and seaweed for its detoxifying and remineralising properties. Standout breakfast items include the buckwheat pancakes with organic, free-range eggs, chocolate porridge, strawberry gazpacho, creme budwig and honey oatmeal pudding. A cracking cup of coffee is also available here, with a variety of milks and homemade nut mylks. The black lemonade, which is made using activated charcoal, lemon juice and maple syrup is the perfect recovery juice after too many late nights, and there’s a list almost as long as the road this hot spot is situated on of other incredibly potent juices and smoothies.
Whilst most of the food on offer here is vegan, raw, dairy-free, paleo, and sugar-free – cheese, fish and meat lovers will find the menu peppered with healthy options that will please them, such as the feta and tuna pita sandwiches, and the organic chicken cabbage spring rolls. The toasted healthy labneh, olive and walnut sandwich is also pretty tasty.
The boutique part of the concept features unique (and expensive) furniture pieces that you won’t find elsewhere in the UAE, ready-to-wear, accessories and shoes by cool European fashion designers and quirky little gift items such as books, cards and candles. There’s a gorgeous outdoor seating area at Comptoir 102 that transports you to Marrakech, and during the summer months these clever cats open up an indoor-outdoor A/C-filled tent, which is a divine escape from the cruel Dubai summer heat.
Insider tip: Takeaway is available, call ahead and take the most nutritious lunch picnic to the nearby beach. The founders and chef also host regular healthy cooking workshops, and pop-up events – call for details.