Category: Russian – Breakfast/Brunch
Category: Russian – Breakfast/Brunch
Malyy Cherkasskiy pereulok, 2, Moscow, Russia
We were staying at the St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya, and the branch we patronised was in front of the hotel’s main lobby, just across a small side road. It’s easy to spot because it takes the corner unit on the main street, and has a really lovely old-world kind of furnishing, with its huge coffeecup logo marking the glass windows, and a set of heavy wooden doors with bronze handrails going across and up.
I think, in general, Moscow is a pretty costly city. The mains here easily cost an upwards of $10, which I thought was okay for the dishes although the portions were modest. The drinks were pretty expensive, with coffee costing around 350RUB or around $7. A full suite including one side dish for sharing would be about $25 or slightly more.
To go: It’s quite a safe bet 🙂
On the whole, the food was decently good, and I came away satisfied. Perhaps we weren’t quite used to the typical Russian dishes – we didn’t have a lot of good meals elsewhere and came back to кофемания twice in three days. It’s not a bad idea to explore and try eating somewhere else, but if you would like to play it safe and have something that’s likely to please most palates, кофемания is probably a good choice.
A MORE DETAILED RECOUNT
It was a cold, drizzly day. We’d woken up famished and just in time for brunch. Donning our coats, we set out looking for something to eat, and ducked into the cafe just across the street. I looked in as we walked by the glass windows, towards the cafe’s entrance, and noted that the food was well presented and that the cafe had built a sizeable crowd of which a good proportion were locals.
The cafe’s interior reminded me a little of the ones in Europe, with a sort of quaint feel to it. It featured lots of wood with little glass pendant lights hanging on the pillars, and the floor was decked out with black and white marble tiles. We were seated at the table near the window – which I was glad about, because natural daylight makes me happy and makes the food look especially good, which is all the better.
I had the Poached Egg in Spinach & Parmesan Sauce while he opted for the Eggs Benedict with Ham (featured picture). The food was served up after a short 10-15 minute wait. The portion wasn’t much and my dish was only slightly warm, but was quite tasty. The egg was done perfectly – when sliced, the yolk took a split second before slowly oozing out join the spinach and parmesan. I liked the taste of the spinach sauce, which was fresh but not too green, as well as the parmesan which lent the richness, with the croutons adding a new crisp texture to the dish.
We also got additional Grilled Mini Sausages (450RUB) to share, and they were served up hot and well-seasoned with freshly crisped skin. Unfortunately, I don’t recall the coffee, which is odd considering it is named “coffeemania”. Nonetheless, nothing like some warmth in the belly on a cold day.
Category: Arabic/Western – Breakfast/Brunch
Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah Road, Dubai
We had our best brunch in Dubai at The Lime Tree Cafe which I’d read about ahead of the trip. We got a little lost trying to find this place and the taxi driver had no idea where it was. Turns out it was along a row of little single-story buildings which can be spotted if you looked hard enough past the open carpark.
The entrance to Lime Tree Cafe was enshrouded in lush green leaves, and stepping in, I felt like I’d chanced upon Eden. Wood featured heavily in the decor which gives it a homey feel (which I personally have a soft spot for), further augmented by the many families who bring along their dogs to brunch in the little garden. The cafe seemed to be especially popular with expats.
I wouldn’t say it was cheap, but it is around the same cost as a typical brunch at one of the independent cafes in Singapore, which is about 25 bucks – still, I’d say there was more bang for the buck at Lime Tree.
To go: Whenever we go to Dubai 😀
I really liked the middle eastern influences in the menu, and when I walked to the counter, I was delighted to find an entire shelf of all kinds of wraps, sandwiches and the like, which featured lots of colour and greens.
I had the Halloumi cheese and pomodoro toastie (feature picture), accompanied by a middle eastern banana and fig smoothie which was so delicious, I made sure I got out every single drop. My friend ordered an Eggs Benedict which looked pretty good (and I’m told tastes pretty good) as well. The food was delicious – we got greedy and added a triple berry parfait to split between the three of us. The cafe also featured lots of juices and smoothies for the health-buffs/conscious.