If Wes Anderson were to open a restaurant and cafe, it would look exactly like The Mail Room Sharjah. Excited? So were we. Read on for the full Huntr review…
Tucked away behind University Road, The Mail Room Sharjah is probably the cutest cafe in the UAE. It’s a bold shout. But it’s warranted. One glance at the gem’s facade confirms that. On an average road, with average buildings and signage, The Mail Room Sharjah sticks out like a sore thumb – in the best way possible. This Emirati-owned gem is covered in millennial pink and it’s full of incredible interior design touches. We loved the use of velvet, the wooden cladding and the cute decorations peppering every corner – from vintage vinyl players to the Beauty & The Beast teacup and pot, to the vintage cereal boxes. It’s a visual picnic. And one that your Instagram handle is going to love.
The staff look exactly like The Grand Budapest Hotel folk, with smart purple uniforms and big, beaming smiles (we’d be grinning too if this was what our office looked like!) There is even a mail facility here, where you can create letters and postcards using the vintage typewriters, letter stamps, and wax seals.
Food-wise, it’s all about simple, tasty and honest dishes. The Huntr visited for breakfast and sampled ‘Breakfast in Bed’ (57AED), which we wholeheartedly recommend you do too. Served, quite literally, on a bed, this is a very snappable dish and features a yummy egg scramble with veggies, bread, pastries, butter, strawberry jam, lemon curd, slices of cheese and mortadella. Plus the cutest little cup of chopped fruits with a concealed bunny rabbit and a great fresh OJ. Our guest ordered the Eggs Benedict (55AED), which comes with two poached eggs over a bed of beef bacon, covered with pink hollandaise sauce and served with grilled mushrooms and tomatoes. For something sweet, we went for the Nutella French Toast – which is quite unique, as it’s served in little sushi-esque rolls and topped with berries and Nutella sauce. Divine.
Drinks-wise, we couldn’t resist the ‘Love Potion’ (55AED). Good for two people, this beautiful concoction comes served in a glass bottle, with two flute glasses topped with cotton candy. It’s a delicious and refreshing mix of watermelon and strawberry and highly recommended. We also ordered cappuccinos, which are good and use Coffee Planet beans.
All and all, this is a must-visit foodie gem that’s a feast for the eyes and will transport you right into The Grand Budapest Hotel mail room – what a thrill! We can’t wait to return for lunch or dinner soon.
Insider tip: Pick up a gift here. Dumye Dolls (also one of the co-founders businesses) are proudly displayed inside a doll’s house and there are plans in the works to expand the gift selection if this additional Instagram handle is anything to go by. Afternoon tea is also available and bookings are essential 1 day prior for anyone who wants to experience it.