Cafe Bateel : The Perfect Lunch Date
Location : Walk@JBR ( opposite Ritz Carton Hotel ) in Dubai Marina
Cafe Bateel recently opened a new large, open plan restaurant/cafe/shop on the ever changing JBR Walk, Dubai Marina.
Of course, Travellerczech couldn’t miss this opportunity to visit and sample the food, service and general ambience.
Cafe Bateel is not just a lunch stop on the way to the beach…It’s Bakery, Coffee Bar and Gift Shop offers one of the best date/chocolate confections I have ever tasted. You can pick your favourite fillings and have them wrapped in a choice of luxury gift boxes…The perfect gourmet gift for all occasions.
First impression of the service is great, but I am finding hard to believe the welcoming smiles are genuine. I get the sense the staff are nervous under the watchful eye of the ever-present manager. Maybe this atmosphere will change in time when the new staff settle into their surroundings and become more comfortable.
Interior is delightful, with an airy, welcoming fresh feel.
The Extensive Menu offers everything from soups, salads, meats, sea food and excellent breakfast options. The Dishes are inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. It is refreshingly light without leaving you feel too heavy.
Portions aren’t big but presented skillfuly and visually appealing.
They offer Seasonal menu with the freshest ingredients. Finish off the experience with a cup of Bateel coffee, it makes a pleasant change from the usual fare, you will find on every other corner.
The elegant interior complements the food with visual panels that clearly define the different zones. Natural tones infuse the interior with calm and a backdrop of palm prints adds a local flare.
With options to eat inside or out, there is still plenty of opportunity to observe the colourful parade of beach goers with floor to ceiling windows throughout. The dropped ceiling towards the back of the restaurant gives a more private intimate feel for those lazy afternoons browsing on your laptop.
There are free daily newspapers on offer and clever sockets underneath of the sofas at the back, for those who need to re-charge their gadgets. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
The good :
- tasty fresh food
- best dates, chocolate & coffee
- ideal location for beach / cinema / shopping
- place to be seen
- good service in general
- freshly baked artisan bread and deserts
The not so good :
- notoriously bad traffic ( parking available at Murjan Tower for 10aed/hr )
- on-going construction on JBR Walk
- bit pricey
- occasionally slow payment process
Practical INFO :
- opening hours : 8am-1am
- accessible parking in Murjan Tower ( paid 10aed/hour )
- Web : http://www.bateel.com