White and the Bear Dubai: A restaurant, shop and social space dedicated to kids

The first of its kind concept in the UAE, White and the Bear Dubai is a beautiful space dedicated to children complete with a restaurant, workshops, a curated boutique and much more. Join The Huntr as we present a closer look…

The entire White and the Bear concept has been meticulously designed with children in mind. Think tiny little tables and chairs, kid-size sinks and taps in the bathrooms, kid-friendly cuisine, cutlery and design touches, a curated boutique and a dedicated workshop and party space.

Founded by Emirati mother Hana Al Mulla, White and the Bear is located in Jumeirah 3 – a stone’s throw from The Huntr approved RX Coffee & Apothecary. The light-filled space is spread over two floors. At the bottom there’s the main restaurant, which is split between 85% kid’s seating and 15% adults, plus a little retail wall. Upstairs you will find the boutique, which features a curated selection of high-quality, hand-picked brands including OMY stationary, Grey Label RTW, Design Letters crockery and cutlery, plus other books, gifts and small toys. There’s also a room dedicated to workshops and parties upstairs, plus a well-appointed, cosy feeding and changing room.

Food-wise, aside from being designed with children in mind, another thing that sets the White and the Bear menu apart is that it is a collaboration with celebrity chef and leading children’s food expert Annabel Karmel. As such, the dishes are nutritious and wholesome – specifically designed to be both fun and appetising. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, the menu features a variety of dishes to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. The entire facility is also 100% nut-free. Plus there is a separate adult’s menu with equally appealing options. From the kid’s menu, The Huntr started with the Artist’s Fruit Palette (43AED), which is an interactive plate of organic fruits complete with homemade compote ‘paints’. The creation comes served on a painter’s palette and comes complete with paintbrushes – little creatives will love it. Plus the papaya Unicorn ‘Nice’ Cream (45AED) – a picture-perfect bowl filled with fruity goodness of papaya and banana and decorated with unicorn-shaped chocolate chunks. From the adult’s menu, we opted for the Smashed Citrus Avo (45AED) – poached eggs (which we decided to have scrambled) with lime smashed avocado, crusty sourdough, beetroot labneh, cajun roasted chickpeas, feta, sprouts and sakura and the Dad’s Eggs Benedict (54AED) – toasted English muffin with crisp smoked veal bacon, asparagus, citrus truffle hollandaise and vine roasted cherry tomatoes. Both dishes tasted as good as they looked.

Caffeine fans will also be pleased to learn that there is speciality coffee on offer and that the coffee has been curated by Speciality Batch (Stomping Grounds own Dubai-roasted brand) although it does need perfecting and we will need to return to try it again before we can fairly evaluate it.

Insider tips: White and the Bear Dubai is open daily from 8am until 9pm. Breakfast is served until 2pm daily. Mains are served for lunch and dinner from 12noon onwards. Ample free parking available directly outside. 

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