Another Australian coffee shop concept – The Coffee Club …
I think its fair to say we aren’t short of the odd coffee shop or two from the land down under. I honestly can’t remember when I heard about The Coffee Club, probably on the radio or via a social media channel. My thoughts were, here we go again, another Ozzie coffee shop with over priced food set in some trendy suburb of Dubai. No thanks. On a recent trip to Times Square, I spotted out of the corner of my eye The Coffee Club. I thought I would take a quick look to see what they had on offer. I was, I have to admit, pleasantly surprised at the beautiful menu with its shiny pictures of perfectly presented good looking food. Today we paid a visit to The Coffee Club.
First impressions were, oh no it looks a bit empty. I then remembered I was in Times Square, the Mall of doom and failure for most retailers. The only ones who have stood the challenging times in retail are the huge one that sells all things electronic and the one I no longer have to visit as my child is nearly 13, relief! The decor of The Coffee Club is dark wood and light table tops, nothing to write home about, quite basic but not unwelcoming. It could do with a splash of colour to catch people’s eye as they walk past.
The menu has lots of sections to it, but the sections only hold on average approximately 8 dishes each. Just so you know there is an extensive coffee, tea and frappe section, breakfast (all day with organic eggs), brunch (more breakfast type dishes), an Arabian brunch, vegetarian, favourites, sandwiches and wraps, burgers, main courses, a kids menu and wait for it the desserts!!! Just when you think you have waded through it all the waitress pops up with the Chef’s Table menu, which is where I found the dish I ordered today. Tabbouleh grilled chicken with pine nuts and sultanas is what caught my eye. The child had the fish n chips from the kids menu. Mr A chose the chicken and cashew nut stir fry; chicken stir fried with mixed capsicum, onions, oyster sauce, dried chilies, cashew nuts, spring onions, served with steamed jasmine rice. This dish was the one dish which I felt didn’t really match the rest of the menu that was available, it was the only Asian inspired dish available.
It wasn’t long before our dishes arrived and we were all very impressed, great presentation I have to say. My tabbouleh chicken was served on a bed of warm hummus with couscous pearls, chicken was moist and a good sized portion. Very tasty indeed. I didn’t get a chance to try the child’s fish as it was gone faster than the fish could have swam in the first place!! The chicken with cashew nuts was a very tasty dish but needed a bit more fire, the menu said it was spicy but it wasn’t. That apart, no complaints. I am also very happy to add that they serve local water, which is more than can be said for an outlet I visited yesterday, which I won’t be writing about for various reasons.
Congratulations to The Coffee Club following their recent launch into the Middle East. From what I can gather they currently have an outlet in Jumeirah 1, and the outlet I visited in Times Square. Do them a favour and visit their Times Square outlet the next time you want to meet up with the girls for breakfast, that mall is truly doomed! Guess what? The Coffee Club is in the 2017 Entertainer, you can’t get better than that. If you don’t already have the Entertainer for 2017 you can use my voucher code – GEORDIE10 to avail a 10% discount on all their 2017 products.
Total spend today 127 AED