Counter Culture

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2010Counter Culture is a swish and contemporary deli-style café – but the shine does little to mask the poor service and food. Our last visit was on a quiet, weekday lunch time, and we were offered a list of juices to choose from, which was then steadily cut down to two options as it emerged that all the others were no longer available. Determined to remain optimistic, my companion ordered the ‘special’ – a meager portion of hammour in tomato sauce with re-heated roast potatoes and a scattering of tough vegetables on the side. At a choking Dhs80, the only special thing about it was the bare-faced cheek. We also opted for a beef and mushroom pie – another unpalatable affront with meat so cheap and tough it resembled shoe-leather. But at least that was only Dhs29. And, to top it off, we waited 35 minutes for our respective dishes to arrive. As for the puddings, the cold cabinet sweet trolley with its ‘blackened’ chocolate cake and congealed crème brûlée failed to encourage further exploration. If that’s real counter culture, we’ll eat our hats – and probably end up better satisfied.

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