Crumble Café

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a bloggers evening at Crumble café in downtown Dubai, less than a one minute walk from the Burj Khalifa metro station. I was surprised to learn that Crumble is in fact open for over one year, however in the past month has undergone somewhat of a transformation and I believe are now on the right track to success with a fresh healthier approach to food.

Entering Crumble, the café is modern and spacious with quirky prints displayed on the walls. Most of the seating is downstairs but there is a few tables upstairs along with a children’s play area which is perfect for families.

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On arrival I ordered the unusual sweet potato, banana, chia, oat and almond milk smoothie mostly out of curiosity but also because I love all those ingredients so I was intrigued to see how they would fare when put together.

How was it, you ask? To be honest – a little boring. There was no distinctive taste of anything. I know I know, of course I would say this – but even a dash of cinnamon or some subtle flavour would have greatly enhanced its taste.

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Canapés soon arrived, some of which were not listed on the menu so I was a little confused as to why they were being served, but nonetheless, included smashed avocado with buffalo mozzarella and semi-dried tomato and a fig confit with fresh fig slices served on discs of toasted bread. As well as a chicken wrap with mango salsa and a rice paper wrapper containing the roasted peach and goat’s cheese salad from the menu. I tasted the fig confit, minus the bread, but found it was very sweet. I didn’t taste the chicken wrap but the smashed avocado was a hit with everyone, as it always is.

The Roasted peaches with baby spinach, rocket, goat’s cheese, pecan nuts, an almond crumble and a mustard dressing when served as the canapé wrapped in rice paper was underwhelming but when tasted later as its true dish of a salad bowl it was my favourite salad of the menu. Simple and flavoursome with all important texture and crunch.

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When mains rolled around I ordered the Cod fish with a Ragout of chickpeas, kidney beans and cauliflower which came with two large wedges of sourdough bread. The fish was well cooked, easily falling apart and the portion size was more than substantial.

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The four available salads on the menu were ordered for the table. These included the Pomelo & Prawn Salad with green Mango, cilantro, mint, shallots, carrots, toasted sesame, peanuts, lime and chilli dressing; Balsamic Roasted Beetroot Salad with pumpkin, sweet potato, chickpeas, grilled halloumi, baby spinach, pumpkin seeds, sumac vinaigrette; Super Bowl Salad of red quinoa, wild rice, cherry tomatoes, charred corn, kale, pomegranate, ricotta, walnuts, medjool dates, jalapeno vinaigrette and the aforementioned Roasted Peach Salad.

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I loved how the kale had been crisped in the Super Bowl Salad and was glad to see wild rice mixed in with the quinoa as quinoa is being completely over-done on menus around Dubai this past year. Again there was a good play on textures with lots of simple flavours.

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Personally the beetroot salad didn’t excite whilst the pomelo and prawn salad although fresh and light was just O.K.

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All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience and I am very much looking forward to returning again soon, particularly to taste their delectable sounding breakfast menu with features such as Coconut Quinoa Porridge and Skillet Baked Eggs.

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Crumble is open daily from 7:30am – 10pm.

For more information, call +971 (0)4 448 9061, visit their www.facebook.com/crumble.uae ; or follow them on social media @crumble.uae

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