Sarabeth’s Dubai has an impressive start-up story and some pretty famous fans… The brainchild of Sarabeth Levine, Sarabeth’s first opened in NYC, with what started out as a small business making a family recipe for apricot-orange marmalade and later became a foodie enterprise with the likes of Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Brad Pitt as customers. “It wasn’t planned, one thing led to another,” Levine told The National on her visit to open her first outpost in Dubai, “You couldn’t have just a jam shop, you needed something to put the jam on. The next thing you know, people wanted eggs, and that’s how it all started.”
Renowned for its hearty breakfast/brunch dishes (Sarabeth is credited with starting New York’s famous “brunch scene”), cookies, preserves and baked goods, Sarabeth’s now has over 20 locations worldwide – including the latest eatery right here in Dubai’s City Walk. The Huntr visited for breakfast (duh) – read on to find out more…
We sampled the French toast (utter perfection), salmon eggs Benedict (divine) and the healthy, crunchy granola (a tad too dry but we requested yoghurt to resolve this and it was yummy). This is homemade food at its best: Fresh, tasty and made with love. Of course, the jams and preserves are a must-try too – Sarabeth’s roots are in those jars. You can also find a decent cup of coffee here (% Arabica) and there is a small juice menu featuring our favourite: The Sarabeth signature 4 flowers juice (orange, pineapple, banana, pomegranate). The ambience is just as lovely as the food at Sarabeth’s, we really appreciated the Instagram-friendly marble table settings and the natural light that floods this City Walk cafe. Be prepared for crowds though – Sarabeth’s clearly has a huge UAE fan base and the place was pretty rammed when we visited. Because of this, the service is a little slow at times and you do need to call for the server’s attention – but this is pretty standard in Dubai and we imagine that during quieter times the service is a little more thorough (The Huntr visited on a weekend morning).
All and all this is a must-visit breakfast/brunch spot for any foodie. Your taste buds will thank you.
Insider tip: Avoid peak times if you want a quieter/faster dining experience – this place gets very busy at the weekend and you should expect a small wait to get a table. Open from 9 am until midnight. Breakfast is served until 3.30pm. The lunch/brunch menu is served 12-3.30pm. A jar of Sarabeth’s jam or a box of cookies makes the cutest gift. There are vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.