As many of you know, Dubai is a fast-paced city in all aspects. Infrastructures are being built overnight as well as all sorts of establishments – be it a restaurant, club, bar, hotel, etc. etc. It’s really hard to keep up with everything in this city, so when I received an invitation to try out Pantry Cafe – I had to do my research about it as I have not a single clue as to where it is. Located in Al Wasl Square, a totally new area in Dubai which my ear has never even heard of. Armed with my GPS, we ventured on a foodie adventure towards Safa Park and we were quite impressed when we finally arrived. Al Wasl Square is an outdoor complex of restaurants and shops just opposite Safa Park. I can see its potential to become one of the hot spots in Dubai when it comes to dining options however, parking space is quite a few and cabs are not easily accessible from this area – so that might be a little drawback.
We were greeted by a very friendly waiter as soon as we arrived and we were asked if we wanted to sit indoor or outdoor, we chose the latter as we’d like to make the most out of the great weather that we have these days – or what’s left of it. Pantry Cafe’s design is very casual, the indoor seating area was spacious with a laidback feel to it. They are still in their soft opening phase so a special taster menu was handed over to us with few options for starters and main courses. They do have a proper menu though but I was advised that they are still in the process of finalizing it.
Starting with drinks, the boyfriend had water while I tried out their Pineapple Gingerade which was really refreshing.
For starters, the boyfriend had a ripe salad while I had my first taste of buffalo jumbo prawns which was awesome! I was warned by our helpful and informative server that the buffalo jumbo prawns’ got a spicy after-taste which was fine for me, although I can definitely feel my mouth going a bit numb by the time I finished it all off. No, I didn’t share it with the boyfriend. He was perfectly happy with his ripe salad and since he’s not a fan of tomatoes, I picked all the cherry tomatoes from his plate. Lol.
As for the main course, I chose baked eggplant rolls stuffed with a mix of quinoa, mushroom, peppers, onions and bechamel sauce – it tasted sooo gooooOOODDD! The sauce they used was extremely tasty and the full plate was very filling. I wasn’t able to finish it all off. The boyfriend on the other hand ordered creamy vegetarian risotto which is arborio rice cooked slowly with Gouda cheese, baby spinach and mushrooms. He thought it was a little bit weird but interesting, he finished the full plate.
Our server recommended for us to have a dessert so I had tiramisu and the boyfriend had an ice cream.
The full meal was great and we were well-taken cared of by their staff which is why I was surprised with the reviews that they got from social media applications like foursquare mentioning the lack of customer service in Pantry Cafe. So I made it a point to visit it again as a normal customer and not as a blogger, we went 4 days after to try out their breakfast. To be very honest, I didn’t see any difference – the service was still fast, the servers were still attentive and the breakfast food that they served us was good. I had their full English breakfast while the boyfriend had their famous eggs benedict. The breakfast food may not be as great as what we had for dinner there but it was prepared and cooked the way it’s supposed to be.
Will I ever go back? Most definitely!