Say hello to Desert Garden Dubai – a new Emirati-owned concept from Al Ain-based entrepreneur Abdulla Shamsi – a.k.a the man behind Overdose and Burger Trip.
Located in Umm Suqeim, Desert Garden (as the name suggests) transports you to tropical, green and leafy heaven. Think jungle-inspired wallpaper, potted plants and jade green colour pops. Your Instagram is going to love it.
The Huntr visited for a Saturday breakfast. At 10am it was a full house. There are around 16 small tables inside plus a small and cosy outdoor seating area. The kitchen is open so you can see the team busily preparing the dishes and the coffee is taken care of by sister speciality coffee concept – Code.
The menu is presented on an iPad, which features a picture of each dish and the description. The Huntr opted for the Tropico (49AED), a fruity creation comprising fresh berries, granola, and passion fruit and coconut yoghurt. The Born To Be Wild (55AED) – four types of mushrooms, hollandaise, poached eggs and micro greens served inside a croissant. The Croco Flakes (59AED) – poached egg, bell pepper sauce, sweet chilli herb mayo, craft cheese and parmesan cheese. And our favourite – the Irish Truffle Scramble (59AED) – parmesan eggs with truffle oil and crunchy baguette sticks.
Desert Garden prides itself on its exotic and snappable desserts, so even though it was morning, we ordered the (sure to be an Instagram sensation) Chocolate Dynamite (69AED) – a caramel lollipop creation placed on top of chocolate brownies, vanilla ice cream, Lotus crumbs, Lotus sauce, topped with milk chocolate ganache. And the Siwa Pistachio Sushi (39AED) – pistachio brownies covered in a pistachio crepe and sauce and served with vanilla ice cream. We wouldn’t really advise that they are the best dishes to start your day with, but they are perfect for a cheat day-treat if you are a sweet tooth.
Drinks-wise, Desert Garden is alcohol-free and offers a range of speciality coffees, hot chocolate, mocktails, teas, soft drinks and juices.
Insider tip: Open daily from 8am until 1am. Last orders for the kitchen at 30 minutes past midnight. No WiFi available when The Huntr visited.