Al Seef Village Mall.
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First review- it’s a long one - it gets to the food around halfway down; hope it’s ok.
Nolu’s latest branch is tucked inside the little known Andulus resort, Al Seef, next to Al Seef village mall.
The restaurant is accessed down the side of the hotel or through the hotel lobby, (both routes require negotiating a few steps with a pram). We pass through a shady court yard with lots of plants and seating, which looks appealing for the cooler months.
Finally indoors the cafe is a contemporary cafe, light airy decorated in a simple palate with lots of natural materials. Daft punk is on in the background; when we arrive for a late breakfast, the place is mostly empty but a few tables fill up with a few couples and people on laptops. Menus are given at the table and despite the abundance of very helpful staff, the concept is self service, so you order at the counter; food is served to the table as it is ready.
Finally to the food; we kick off with avocado toast and green tostadas from the breakfast menu.
The two dishes arrive beautifully presented. The green tostadas has 3 small flour tortillas scattered with finely chopped vegetables, avocado and a hint of feta and pomegranate. The avocado toast has a crisp biscuit like base (the chia toast) and stacked with the remaining ingredients. Each are light, very fresh, tasty and perfectly seasoned, but gone in a few mouthfuls; the offering is small and certainly not going to set me up for the day.
Sitting in my stomach somewhere between an amuse-bouche and a starter, we debate going elsewhere for more food but in the end decided to reach for the menu and order again.
We ordered a gyros wrap to share. So now we’re in business. The wrap arrives cut in two with a side a salad of delicately julienned vegetables and mixed leaves tossed in a light oil dressing. The wrap was tasty, minced beef formed into gyros kebab style meat the pickles and yoghurt dressing give a nice balance of sweet and tang.
Still a little peckish and curious to try a little more, we order the signature chicken sandwich. The bread was really good, soft and slightly sour, marinated chicken flavourful. All in all good!
So finally approaching full, to finish; coffee and a brownie. Coffee was good, and served with a small petit four (always a nice touch). As for the brownie, this was honestly one of the best brownies I’ve had! Light and soft, fluffy, fudgey and rich all at the same time! A million miles away from dense, oily, sugary offerings elsewhere.
With the second round of food it worked out a little pricey for breakfast. I would come again for lunch or coffee and definitely for the brownie.