Nightjar has been operating as the go-to roastery for some of the city’s best speciality coffee shops for a number of years. Recently, it took its love of coffee one step further – opening the doors to a unique roastery and dining destination in Alserkal Avenue Arts & Culture District, Al Quoz. Step inside with The Huntr…
Nightjar’s New Zealand-born, Dubai-based founder Leon Surynt wanted to provide a space for the community that felt like a home away from home, a place that was casual and cosy, where good food and coffee were guaranteed. Somewhere different, without any gimmicks or stuffiness.
It worked. One step inside Nightjar and you feel as if you’ve transported somewhere special. The huge warehouse space, high ceilings and buzzing sounds of coffee machines flood your senses. There’s a raw rustic feel throughout thanks to the dark colour palette and simple but cool furnishings. An expansive long communal table provides the ideal spot to sit and work solo, meet new people, or host a large meeting or gathering. The playlist features inspiring tracks and the staff are friendly and welcoming.
It goes without saying that it would be rude to visit a coffee roastery and not try the coffee. Nightjar’s drinks menu is expansive and features a range of milk-based coffees hot and cold, cold brew, nitro coffee, nitro tea and other tempting ‘cold stimulants.’ The Huntr sampled the Cortado (18AED) and the Latte (20AED), which were both faultless and the Nitro Tea (25AED) – a unique cold tea drink with a slight fizz. Don’t miss it.
What’s exciting is the coffee aficionados are dipping their toes into the world of food with this new Alserkal concept and offering breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside its speciality coffee, for the first time ever. The menu features a range of intriguing dishes and classic favourites. The all-day (from 8 am) section includes breakfast dishes like two organic 63 degree poached eggs (18AED), buttered sourdough toast (10AED) alongside an Indian paratha (8AED) and buttered pav bun (10AED). There are also three salads, a baked potato and pasture fed New Zealand beef meatballs (30AED) dish. There are 6 sandwich options for late breakfast or lunch, including a vegan option and vegetarian-friendly concoctions, and bigger warm dishes from 12noon onwards including a grilled cauliflower (35AED), chicken wings (50AED) and local roast chicken in whole (90AED) and half (65AED) portions.
The Huntr ordered the Dibba Bay (40AED) sandwich – an oyster butty served with crisps, which is different and delicious. The Salt Beef (45AED) – a delicious combo of pastrami, cheddar, red cabbage, and pickle. It might just be our new favourite sandwich, we just wish there was slightly more cheese. And the Goat Cheese Omelette (40AED), which tasted as beautiful as it looked and is the perfect dish for breakfast or lunch.
From the dessert menu, we tried the Coconut Cold Brew Pudding (25AED), which went perfectly with the coffee.
Insider tip: Nightjar Roastery & Eatery is open 9 am until 9 pm Monday until Saturday, and 9 am until 6 pm on Sundays.
Photography and reporting by Augustine Paredes exclusively for The Huntr