Gourmet Station

Gourmet Station is a culinary haven nestled in the middle of Oasis Centre. What won’t a budding gourmand find there? Volcano salt? Check. Aged balsamic syrup? Check. Naturally, it’s safe to assume that the attached café would be standout, given the incredible collection of gourmet goodies for sale in the isles. What can we say? The cute touch of a cookbook library and the smorgasbord of high-end food goods surrounding us had our expectations high. Surprisingly, the menu is very simple, and doesn’t venture far from the soups/sandwiches/salads formula. Still, the variety of those things seemed plentiful, and the ingredients varied. Enticed by the contents, I went for the sunny Caribbean salad, which promised mango, kiwi, chicken and prawns – four of my favourite things. My partner decided to begin with a Thai spiced chicken soup. The soup was aromatic rather than spicy, but was hearty and came with crispy garlic toast that was divine. My food-fussy partner said he’d have it again: a true stamp of approval. The sunny Caribbean salad, however, was less than sunny. We’d asked for the creamy mango dressing on the side, as we were worried it would be overpowering. Sadly, the dish came out doused in the stuff. The overpoweringly musty sauce did little to dress up overcooked prawns and dry chunks of chicken breast. I was surprised that somewhere that places such a high value on freshness would serve something that tasted anything but. To be fair, the waiter was great about returning it. For a main, I settled on a spinach and feta quiche (my first two choices weren’t available). Though pleasantly moist, the quiche was a bit bland; a dollop of fresh chutney from the many jars they sell would have certainly improved the dish. My partner opted for a roast beef and horseradish sandwich, which proved to be a winner. The roast beef was rare, which was a treat and the sandwich had enough of the coveted horseradish. As we started to fill up, we decided to share a coffee and banoffee pie. We’d been told the coffee at Gourmet Station is great (and our sources still insist so), but the main barista must have been on a break as the cappuccino we ordered was little more than murky brown water. As for the banoffee, the toffee banana mix was pleasant, but the cream on top had a hard skin and the pastry beneath was tough and a struggle to get through. Surely, banoffee pie should never be a struggle.? Overall we were disappointed with Gourmet Station. Perhaps, it’s best they stick to their supermarket formula and leave serving the food for at-home gourmands. The bill (for two) 1x Large bottle of water Dhs9 1x Cappuccino Dhs12 1x Thai chicken soup Dhs18 1x Spinach and feta quiche Dhs15 1x Roast beef sandwich Dhs23 1xBanoffee pie Dhs15 Total (excluding service) Dhs92

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