So, yesterday I decided to visit The Hamptons Café & Restaurant, and I certainly wasn’t the only person to have that bright idea!
With almost every seat filled, both outside and indoors, this clearly was the place to go for a chic, tasty Saturday lunch.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me give you a little background to this pretty little eatery.
Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, The Hamptons is hard to miss. With a pristine white exterior surrounded by an array of colourful flowers, rustic outdoor furniture and a beautiful vintage car parked outside, this quaint café is one of a kind. I’ve dined here once before on a much quieter and cooler day, where we were able to enjoy our food outside, but with summer fast approaching we decided to venture indoors.
The interiors sparked some serious home inspiration/decor envy! There are a variety of seating areas to choose from, with terraces, balcony seating, cosy and intimate spaces or in the heart of the action on the ground floor, between the kitchen/dessert counter and the entrance.
The latter is where we were seated on this rather busy Saturday, and though the whirring of the coffee machines was initially a little distracting, our chatter soon drowned it out.
I knew what I wanted to eat, without glancing at the iPad menu presented to me, as I had been dreaming of it since the first time I visited a few months ago: buttermilk fried chicken, served with homemade slaw, and sweet potato fries or truffle wedges. I chose the wedges this time, but I preferred the tasty sweet potato fries I had tried during my last visit.
We also ordered the Burrata salad with homemade basil pesto, rocket leaves and tomatoes. This was great for sharing or as a starter, but you would potentially still be a little hungry if you opted for this as a main on its own.
Picking your drink at The Hamptons is one of the hardest things you’ll have to do. There are a vast selection of smoothies, juices and very tasty virgin mojitos – I went for the strawberry one, which was incredibly refreshing and moreish, while my friend chose the strawberry milkshake (I’ll be ordering this next time).
The food was incredibly filling, and I had to have a little help with my buttermilk chicken (read: I – very easily – persuaded my boyfriend to eat the entire last piece). This was a tactical move as I was determined to have dessert, because I obviously needed it after eating this rather indulgent dessert the day before (BAD, SURENA).
Though I was lucky enough to eat the rose macarons that the café is renowned for on my last visit, they’d run out of that particular flavour this time. So, I decided to share one of the most delightful slices of red velvet cake (yes again, and I am contemplating doing a list of my favourite red velvet cakes in Dubai soon, so stay tuned). Do I regret it? Mostly no, other than after seeing the horrific numbers on the scales this morning – I’m hopping on the treadmill straight after this blog post.
If you do visit The Hamptons (you’d be mad not to at least once, whether you live in the UAE or are on holiday here), or have visited and not tried its desserts, then I’d definitely recommend trying the rose macaroons and red velvet cake for dessert. However, I will warn you that you will be craving them long after your visit!
The café offers a great selection of dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner and I’ve been told that the breakfast, in particular, is also worth trying. Though the food is a little pricey, it’s great for a treat or special meal and worth every
penny Dhiram. On average, a meal for two can cost roughly Dhs200+.
During my visit, I took a peek at the first floor (I thought the café was only one floor, silly me!), which was occupied by a baby shower – um, hello birthday lunch venue… What I didn’t know, was that the second floor is a picturesque rooftop terrace. Sadly, I only discovered this after browsing the website after my visit. The Hamptons Café is the perfect spot for catching up with friends, celebrating a special occasion, escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for a quiet cup of tea or even indulging in the High Tea – I haven’t tried this, but it’s been recommended to me before (advance booking is essential).
Conveniently, this makes for a great excuse to visit The Hamptons again – to check out the views and not to indulge in another incredible meal, of course. Ha!
To be honest, with the elegant decor that draws inspiration from its namesake New York state, the wonderful staff – who manage to look effortlessly calm, even when the eatery is full-to-the-brim with demanding diners – and, of course, the food, I’d quite happily move into The Hamptons Café.
If you are planning on visiting The Hamptons Café, I would recommend booking a table in advance (call +971 4 331 5118 or visit their website here).
I hope you enjoyed my review. Let me know your thoughts, comments, suggestions and, if you’ve visited the café before then be sure to leave your recommendations.
Thanks for reading!