The Hamptons Café Jumeirah Islands: Sophisticated East Hampton vibes in Emirates Hills

The Hamptons Café first opened its doors on Jumeirah Beach Road in the Spring of 2014. The Emirati-owned and founded concept has since expanded to include a branch in Jumeirah Islands and is also set to open in Arabian Ranches soon. Find out why you should add it to your hitlist with The Huntr, now…

The Hamptons Café Jumeirah Islands is the second Hamptons Café concept by the Coastal Investment Group. Themed around the picturesque Hamptons in New York, the interiors instantly transport you to a chic beach house in East Hampton. Think opulent solid wood, a fresh white and sandy colour palette, and nautical touches that make you want to jump in the sea. No expense has been spared to bring the very best ambience and there are even bespoke chairs customised with the The Hamptons Café logo. There’s also relaxing outdoor area for the cooler months with views of the water and some impressive Emirates Hills mansions and the inside is spread over two floors – offering many seating options for solo diners, small groups, families and big groups.

The menu is presented on an iPad complete with pictures and descriptions and encompasses all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner options alongside desserts, kid’s menu and  afternoon tea. Drinks-wise, Hamptons Café is alcohol-free and offers a range of soft drinks, healthy smoothies and juices, speciality coffees and teas.

The Huntr has visited The Hamptons Café Jumeirah Islands several times, including for breakfast, lunch and just for a cup of coffee to get some work done. The food is good but probably won’t blow you away. We keep returning because of the ambience. The Salmon Eggs Benedict (59AED) is tasty but we felt the the Avocado and Egg Crostini (69AED) would have been better on softly toasted sourdough (the bread is too hard), with a chunkier serving of avocado. The Hamptons Pitaya Bowl (55AED) is picture-perfect and ideal for a healthy start to the day. For lunch, the Italian Burrata Crostini (89AED) is divine, but overpriced for what you get – although the sweet potato fries that come on the side are spot on.

The coffees come in the most regal fashion and are presented on gorgeous wicker trays, with a glass of water and a macaron perfectly presented on its own little altar. Unfortunately, the coffee itself isn’t hasn’t been consistent in our experience. Avid flat white drinkers, we’ve had 6 here and almost each one has been different in terms of the milk to espresso ratio.

If The Hamptons Café could improve its coffee offering, make it consistent and maybe tweak some of its dishes – in particular the bread being used, it would be an all-round 9 out of 10 – as it stands, we will still keep returning just for the vibes and experience alone. You’ll be hard-pushed to find a chicer spot in Emirates Hills…

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