4 great restaurants to get carrot cake in Dubai
Carrot cake at Lime Tree Café
If you’ve lived in Dubai for a while, you probably know how good this sweet offering is. With a rustic vibe (it’s sometimes topped with pretty gooseberries), this legendary carrot cake is double layered, spongy, not too sweet, and the cream-cheese icing is fork-licking worthy, too. Ideal for a post-beach feast, grab a seat in the Jumeirah venue’s garden and make a meal of it. Start with one of the restaurant’s incredible breakfasts or salads – the latter’s ingredients change depending on seasonality and availability – before getting onto the sweet stuff. The pistachio cake with lemon and ginger cream frosting is good, too.
Where: Jumeirah 1
Contact: +9714 325 6325, website
Carrot cake at Carluccio’s
Wonderfully moist and filled with enough fresh carrot to make it actually feel like you’re eating a carrot cake, this is the perfect slice to order if you’re looking for a sweet treat that feels a little bit traditional. Have friends coming from out of town? Order a few slices with a round of your favourite coffees at The Dubai Mall venue and enjoy The Dubai Fountains together. If you’re hoping for a full-on meal, try the restaurant’s Penne Giardeniera, a pasta dish first whipped up by Antonio Carluccio for a friend. Featuring courgette, chilli and garlic served with fried spinach balls on Italian cheese, be warned – it’s very moreish.
Where: Across the UAE
Contact: +9714 434 1320, website
Carrot cake at More Cafè
Potential nostalgia alert: before More Café was the franchise that it is today, Dubai residents used to flock to the restaurant to order carrot cake with mates. Thankfully, the recipe hasn’t changed much since the restaurant first opened in 2002. Light, fluffy, packed with carrot, fruits and nuts – and subtly spiced – this guilty pleasure makes you feel like you’re having some of your five-a-day while indulging. If you’re trying to keep things light (at least to start with), order their famous perfect-for-sharing Ali’s Soup – with lentils, lamb and whole-wheat bread – or, if you’re vegetarian, their satisfying plum tomato soup.
Where: Lower ground floor, The Dubai Mall
Contact: +9714 343 3779, website
Carrot cake at Jones the Grocer
Light, fluffy, sweet and wonderfully spiced, this cream-cheese topped beauty tastes fantastic with a cup of strong coffee. Its darker-than-usual palette only adds to its allure; we think it may be down to the addition of treacle or molasses. If you’re coming out with family or friends for lunch, order one of the build-your-own Boards to Share. Serving up a feast of seafood or meat or cheese, all boards come with focaccia, olives and peppadews, making it the ideal flavour exploration. Feeling selfish? The turkey, brie and cranberry baguette is famous for good reason, as is the Wagyu Beef Burger.
Where: Safa, Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +9714 346 6886, website
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