The brainchild of Sharjah-based Sheikha Maisa Al Qassimi, Foodshed Abu Dhabi offers “wholesome food and local roots” in Khalifa Park.
Open daily from 7 am until 10 pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the name ‘Foodshed’ is a nod to this homegrown gem’s ‘farm-to-table’ concept. All of the dishes on the menu are crafted from fresh, locally-sourced produce where possible and roughly 90% of everything on offer (including the tables) are from within the UAE.
The menu features vegetarian and vegan-friendly creations, alongside gluten-free options and wholesome dishes, plus cheat-day-worthy treats. Meaning that almost every mood and dietary requirement is catered to.
The vibes are casual and welcoming, think rustic farm-like references, wooden elements, jazz music trickling out of the speakers and a charming artwork that spotlights the various areas around the UAE that Foodshed is sourcing its produce from.
The coffee is faultless and taken care of by Ratio’s Coffee (another homegrown concept by Sheikha Maisa’s brothers that is based in Sharjah). When The Huntr visited, Stomping Ground’s Speciality Batch Coffee from Jumeirah in Dubai was being served and the Flat Whites were spot on.
From the breakfast menu, we tried the Vegan Pancakes (35AED) – cinnamon-spiced pancakes served with bananas, strawberries and coconut flakes a side choice of date or maple syrup and the Chicken and Waffle (50AED) – buttermilk-fried chicken on a sweet waffle with a side of honey or maple syrup. The chicken was wonderfully juicy and flavourful – a must-order for all chicken and waffle fans (prepare to fall in love).
From the lunch menu (available from 11 am onwards) we couldn’t resist sampling the Grilled Cheese Sandwich (35AED) and boy are we glad we did. The grilled cheese is worth every calorie and features a decadent, gooey mixture of mozzarella and cheddar in toasted brioche bread and the homemade chips that come with it might be the best we’ve ever tried.
The only dish that didn’t make the cut was the Ultimate Vegan Burger (45AED), which was lacklustre in flavour and sandwiched between a bun that was rock-hard in the centre. The Huntr passed this feedback on to the kitchen, however, so we are certain that by the time you visit, the ‘Ultimate’ in the dish’s name will be warranted. We will certainly give it another go on our next visit…
Insider tip: Breakfast is served all day. There’s a small outside area available to enjoy for the cooler months. Kid’s menu available. Free WiFi and bathrooms. Ample parking out front.