The Museum Cafe at The Louvre: A foodie gem inside an iconic museum in the UAE capital

The Museum Cafe at The Louvre offers a welcome respite from the cultural and artistic explorations of its impressive home – The Louvre Abu Dhabi – and a tempting menu filled with delicious, decadent and healthy dishes. Join The Huntr as we take a closer look…

Operated by Royal Catering, The Museum Cafe at The Louvre is divided into two concepts – one is a casual ‘grab and go’ affair and the other is a refined but casual restaurant complete with inside and outdoor seating, including ample options for large groups and views inside the museum alongside a water-facing terrace area.

Interiors-wise, The Museum Cafe at The Louvre brings to mind a chic and minimal cafeteria – think a muted colour palette, hidden pod seating and cosy little corners. Food-wise, the menu offers an array of dishes to suit every appetite – from snacks to sharing plates, to hearty main courses and wholesome light bites. Plus it changes with each new exhibition at The Louvre.

The Huntr visited for a weekday lunch. We started our culinary journey with two healthy and delicious salads – the Black & White Organic Quinoa Salad with Feta Cheese and Grilled Zucchini (68AED) and the Spicy Watermelon, Feta Cheese & Basil Cress (51AED) creation. For the main event, we opted for the Miso Glazed Salmon with Bok Choy and Yuzu Daikon (101AED) and the Burrata Cheese with Tomatoes and Pomelo (89AED). Everything was super fresh, hearty and perfectly balanced. The complimentary bread was served warm and despite our best efforts – we couldn’t stop eating it. To end a delightful lunch on a sweet note we tried the regional favourite Umm Ali with Camel Milk & Date Ice Cream (41AED), which tasted like nostalgia and the Orange Cheesecake with Mandarin Sorbet (44AED) – the sorbet was particularly good.

Drinks-wise, The Museum Cafe is fully licensed and offers a variety of beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages alongside coffees, teas, mocktails and soft drinks. Sadly the coffee we tried wasn’t on par with some of the capital’s best speciality coffees, but it was still drinkable.

Insider tips: For large groups or specific table requirements (eg. outside seating) reservations are recommended and can be done by calling or whatsapping the number detailed in the contact box below. Open daily from 10am, closes at 8pm Sat-Weds and 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays. There’s a licensed bar and lounge rooftop upstairs, which The Huntr plans to visit next time – stay tuned.

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