Today’s action-packed review will be just like me – short, but sweet.
Whilst waiting for our poor dog’s fur to be massacred by the brutes at Shampooch, the wife and I popped into the Emirate-famous, Lime Tree Cafe for a spot of breakfast in Al Quoz. Established in 2001, this home-grown concept has grown into a well-respected spot to enjoy healthy breakfasts and tasty sandwiches and salads to dine-in or take-out.
The cafe is a pleasant retreat from the coldness of warehouse-laden Al Quoz; it is quite industrial inside, but the addition of flowers, a prettily designed blackboard and warm lighting makes it a relaxing environment to enjoy breakfast.
I stepped up to the counter and was greeted – well, I say greeted…..looked at…..coldly by a member of the team who had about as much enthusiasm and dynamism in her as a wrought-iron fence. I ordered a coffee and “The Posh One” (scrambled eggs with salmon) and the wife chose the special they currently had on, which was a mashed avocado and pea mix with turmeric, greens and a poached egg on toast.
The coffees arrived first and were strong and satisfying; I ordered an additional orange juice, that came quickly and was obviously freshly squeezed – nice and tangy and sharp.
The food arrived shortly afterwards – my dish looked a little flat, the eggs were overcooked and rubbery (I do prefer a more loose scramble) and the generosity of the salmon was questionable. The wife’s looked good though, popping with colour and containing a good amount of greenery.
My dish was ok – you can’t really mess up scrambled eggs and salmon too much, so it wasn’t particular offensive. The toast was tasty and once I’d added a bit of salt and mashed it together, it did the job. It would have been nice to see a little bit more love added though.
My wife took a bite and was very happy – I tried it afterwards and the combo of the peas, avocado, greens and turmeric gave the dish a delicious healthy-with-a-kick vibe.
Then the egg was cut open:
Overcooked, BAH! However tasty the dish, it’s always a little disappointing to receive a hard-poached egg. Both of the breakfasts were gobbled up by us both though, so it’s not as if they were terrible by any means.
We settled the bill which came in at 149 AED for 2 coffees, a juice and two breakfasts. About average for Dubai. Would I go back? Maybe. Although seeing what the groomers did to our dog, I’m not sure if I’ll be in that area for a while and I definitely wouldn’t go out of my way to visit it.
FOOD: 8/15 – Pretty average – on both dishes, the eggs were overcooked. The special was tasty though, in terms of the flavour combos.
SERVICE: 8/15 – The girl behind the counter had the warmth of an ice-cube, but the other service staff were polite and friendly.
DRINKS SELECTION: 3.5/5 – They offer a reasonably extensive list of juices, teas and coffees.
AMBIANCE: 4/5 – They’ve created a nice environment and there were quite a few people in for such an obscure location and early time in the morning.
DESIGN: 4/5 – Pleasant, industrial-yet-still-warm, airy design.
VALUE: 2.5/5 – About average price for Dubai and with about average food they get an about average score for value.
CONCLUSION: Sadly, the main things I seek in a cafe are food made with love and warm service – LTC offered neither. If I was in the area, I’d probably head in if I was hungry because it wasn’t awful, but I wouldn’t shout about it to anyone.