On my Plate: Cafe Blanc, Abu Dhabi
Ideal for… a modern Lebanese lunch. (a twist to your regular Lebanese meal!)
Restaurant name and location: Cafe Blanc at Eastern Mangroves in Abu Dhabi
Atmosphere: Quite full for Abu Dhabi with a mix of Arabs and expats
What they say: Café Blanc introduces a new trend in Lebanese restoration. The oriental atmosphere is charming, relaxing and presented with a twist. It is a Lebanese café which is modern in image, yet traditional in essence. The menu is creative in terms of mezze, desserts, traditional juices and hot drinks. Café Blanc is a casual place where you can come at any time of the day whether to eat or simply enjoy a cup of coffee, a nice dessert or narguile while, playing tawleh with friends.
What to order:
-Arayess halloumi (They come baked instead of grilled)
-Raheb salad (similar to baba ghanoush, mashed grilled egg plant with tomato, onion and cucumber)
-Vine leaves (massive portion)
-Djej msakhan with fries (Dry, but seasoned well with turnips and sumak)
-Fattet shawarma djej (cool twist on fatte)
-Jabal lebnen coupe
-Mint lemonade (fresh and delicious!)
What I loved:
-I loved the modern, funky, and colourful interiors with traditional Lebanese mezze dishes.
-You get thermos and soaked almonds when you arrive.
-Extensive drinks menu.
-You get a cafe blanc (white coffee) post meal!
Bill for two: AED200