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4 of the best places to get Eton Mess in Dubai

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Just like the wonderful tarte tartin – that sticky, fruity, caramelised tart whipped up by accident in the 1880s – Eton Mess apparently came about by mistake, too. There are two origin stories that surround the traditional creamy-crushed concoction of strawberries, meringue and cream: the first suggests that a silly student at Eton College dropped a meringue on the floor but served it nonetheless; and the second claims the summertime dessert was “invented” when a Labrador sat on a picnic basket, squashing the strawberry pavlova inside. While we’ll never really know for sure where it came from, we’re very happy it exists.

Eton Mess
If you like the idea of your Eton Mess looking more like a beautiful sweet, summery salad, you’re going to love this magical dish that’s ideal for sharing. Served up in a martini glass, you can tuck into bites of sticky mini meringues dotted with tart berries and served on Chantilly cream – all of which is enveloped by a fresh minty fragrance courtesy of the fresh leaves scattered atop the dessert. If you’re looking to impress, go full-fancy before the sweet stuff and order a selection of caviar – they have Beluga and Sologne – black summer truffle and foie gras. Bon appetit!
Where: La Cantine Du Faubourg, Emirates Towers Hotel
Contact: +9714 352 7105

Dark Chocolate Eton Mess
No, we haven’t placed the wrong image here: Gordon Ramsay decided to shake things up with a dark chocolate version of this traditionally white-and-pink delight. A mix of dark chocolate ice cream meets crisp meringue, biscuit bits and gooey cherries, creating a bowlful of happy that’s the ideal finish dish. If you’re after another traditional English treat – or if you’re sharing with a sweet fiend – the Banana Sticky Toffee Pudding with muscovado caramel and clotted cream is incredible. Eating both together is bit like watching Wimbledon on a sunny day while a cool breeze caresses your hair.
Where: Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Atlantis
Contact: +9714 426 2000

Victoria’s Eton Mess
You can tell by the name that you’re in for a very English affair at this quintessentially British spot. Settle down in the distinctly Victorian-era interior and start with high tea with your choice of traditional English breakfast tea, a variety of impressive tea mocktails (Tea Time is a cooling fusion of Assam Bargang tea and fresh raspberry) before getting to the main event: Eton Mess.
A traditional take on the dessert, it’s a beautifully presented offering of Chantilly cream, broken meringues and strawberries. Foodie fact: if you want a cracking cup of English breakfast tea, scientists suggest you pour the milk first.
Where: The Victorian Café & Restaurant, City Walk
Contact: +9714 338 1234

Peruvian Mess
We’re going to journey about 10,000km from England to place our coveted dessert crown on a beauty that’s been inspired by the British classic, but with a distinctly Peruvian spin. This light South-American-esque treat proffers a bounty of deliciousness, with a tumble of tasty ingredients pairing perfectly. Expect to uncover fresh strawberries, a lively herb granite, soft-in-the-middle meringue and a lovely homemade praline ice cream in this pretty jewel-hued dish that’s structurally plated. So, Paddington Bear wasn’t the only awesome thing Peru sent the Brits’ way…
Where: Inka, Sofitel Downtown Dubai
Contact: +9714 346 9295

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