Walnut Grove The Dubai Mall: A plush South African cafe concept

Already fans of its outpost in City Walk, The Huntr couldn’t wait to try Walnut Grove The Dubai Mall – and it didn’t disappoint. Read on to discover all of the delicious details…

Walnut Grove first opened in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1975, since then it has become world-famous for its huge portions of wholesome salads, cakes and delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walnut Grove The Dubai Mall marks the second outlet in Dubai, following the City Walk branch.

Located next to the waterfall feature at the Dubai Mall, the interiors are beautiful and chic – there’s an eye-catching curved wooden ceiling, which trickles down to the impressive cake display, rose and copper colour pops and comfortable light grey velvet sofas. You can opt to sit inside the restaurant, facing the ‘Human Waterfall’ installation (which was designed by Singapore-based DPA Architects and features fibre-glass ‘human’ divers) or, if the weather permits, sit outside to enjoy unrivalled views of the Burj Khalifa Area and the Dubai Fountains.

Like its sister branch in Al Safa, the menu here features an array of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The salads are served in huge sharing bowls and are good for 2-4 and the cake slice portions rival an entire cake in one serving.

The Huntr visited Walnut Grove between breakfast and lunch. We started with The Parisian (65AED), a delicious combination of creamy scrambled eggs served in a golden croissant with a cracked black pepper infused cream cheese and sun-blushed tomatoes. Don’t miss it. Plus the must-order Halloumi Fries (49AED), which are deep-fried and topped with pomegranates, mint and Sriracha mayo and dusted with zaatar spice. The Burrata Salad (96AED), which comes in a generous sharing-size portion and is comprised of mixed lettuce, julienne carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onions, pine nuts and sun blushed tomatoes – topped with creamy burrata cheese, fresh basil leaves, basil and sundried tomato pesto, dressed in a homemade vinaigrette dressing and housemade giant croutons. And lastly, the Sundried Pasta Arrabbiata (60AED) – fresh penne pasta cooked in a signature spicy arrabbiata sauce and served with a crunchy parmesan disc.

To end the feast on a sweet note, we shared the Pecan Pie (45AED), which was faultless.

Drinks-wise, Walnut Grove is alcohol-free and serves a variety of coffees, teas and soft drinks. Unfortunately, the coffee isn’t up to speciality standards, but it’s drinkable. We tried the cappuccino (25AED), plus a Newby Early Grey Tea (17AED) and a Lemon and Ginger Mojito (42AED).

Insider tip: Closest parking is P3 Cinema Parking. 

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