To be honest I’d never noticed Dean & Deluca in Mall of the Emirates before. Perhaps it’s the monochrome design which failed to catch my eye or maybe I’m more fixated on the familiar names surrounding it. Although now that I’ve been introduced to the brand, D&D is a bit hard to miss situated on the right hand side of the new VOX Cinemas in Mall of the Emirates expansion level 2.
D&D was new to me having originated from New York City. I was thankful for the invite I received so I could get to know more about D&D. The U.S stores apparently stock more in terms of gourmet groceries and have a smaller cafe area whilst Dubai branch is quite the opposite.
Open for breakfast from 9am and serving food until midnight they have 3 separate menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The media breakfast I attended had a live saxophonist which set the mood whilst the wait staff were on point attending to our every need. The kitchen was a little slow to reciprocate due to the constant flow of arriving guests.
The restaurant is designed as an open kitchen with various stations. An espresso bar, a fatayer and pizza station and a sharwarma & grill station. There is also a glass fridge showcasing the cakes and desserts on offer. Under the marble bench tops on the outskirts of the restaurant are wooden shelves containing gourmet retail products which are available for purchase including: tea, chocolate, sauces, snacks etc which make for great hampers/gifts.
The menu is simple and has a great glossy finish over the images which are shown without any crockery which is a great way to see exactly what you’re getting. A clever design.
I started out with a chai latte which I must admit was a little lack lustre. It’s usually a spicy warm drink but this particular one was more just like warm milk. I asked for a fresh orange & carrot drink instead which was a better replacement, a healthy refreshing citrus juice with slices of each as a garnish.
Their convenient location on the second floor means there is natural light which floods in from the glass ceiling above and the wide leather sofa seats make for very comfortable seating whilst dining.
Feeling rather hungry that morning I decided to go for the breakfast pizza. Now please be warned this dish is better for sharing. I got half way through and was unable to continue. It was a nice combination of flavors though with spicy soujouk sausage and baked egg topped with a handful of arugula and a few shavings of fresh parmesan. It could of used some more roasted tomatoes and the sausage was perhaps a little too dry.
I did also try some of this baked halloumi which was seasoned with herbs and salt and garnished with olives, which is perhaps why I got full so quick. I would order this again to share with friends as it’d be too much cheese and salt for one person.
But as we all know there is always room for dessert. So a few of us shared the signature pancakes topped with mascarpone cream, red berry puree and finished with fresh berries. The pancakes weren’t overly thick which made them easy to digest but they did need some extra maple syrup on the side and a scoop of vanilla ice cream wouldn’t go astray.
Just when we thought we were finished we were asked if we’d like some dessert; ’cause pancakes aren’t dessert? Or are they? So without hesitation we opted to SHARE a carrot cake between the table.
The cake came straight from the fridge was was a little too cold for me. However the best part was the peanut butter brittle which was stuck to the edge of the cake.
In conclusion, D&D do have an extensive menu which caters to a broad range of tastes and afford-ably priced too. This is the only D&D outlet open in Dubai at the moment with future plans to extend down the track.
Location: Level 2 expansion in Mall of the Emirates
Phone: 04 4190830