Rose Leaf Café

Mixed results at this cute and retro coffee stop. Amid the leafy oasis of Dubai Garden Centre is the attractive and retro Rose Leaf Café. Between the fifties style glossy ceramic bricks, seen in the streets of London (in the East, the Tube and many a public toilet too), granny-ish lace table cloths, and mis-matched, patterned china, the entire set up had an artful touch of old school Yorkshire tea room about it. I was disappointed that there was no menu (even on a blackboard) and the food on offer was all ready and waiting in the cabinet. There simply wasn’t much that took our fancy. Two salads (including one very sad looking garden salad), some appetising sandwiches, plus mini quiches and some jacket potatoes that suffered visually from seeing them sitting there, already stuffed with cheese, cold and miserable, waiting to be reheated. The man behind the counter was very friendly and ready to help – if not necessarily usefully so. His explanation of the jet black bread in the cabinet was vague, telling us at first only that it was ‘brown’ and finally rye after some prompting. We ordered a selection to share, which included a grilled vegetable and mozzarella sandwich with that rye bread, a sad but soon to be reheated cheese stuffed jacket potato, a mini cheese and leek quiche and a portion of the Mediterranean salad. While it looked the better option between the two salads, the Greek style mix of feta and black olives was not particularly nice. The vegetables, particularly the cucumber, lacked the flavour and crisp quality that a fresher salad should have and overall it suffered from a briny taste. The quiche had a nice filling, eggier and thicker than usual recipes, but sadly the pastry case was under cooked. The rye bread sandwich, however was very good, with a nice mix of vegetables and mozzarella and a lovely malty quality to the thick slices of bread. The forlorn looking potato also finally proved to be very enjoyable, since it was stuffed with plenty of gooey, cheesy filling. After mixed experiences with the savoury items, we moved on to the cakes, which the man behind the counter proudly explained were made here, showing off to us the staff member who was responsible for baking them. We tried the last piece of zucchini cake, and on her recommendation, the lemon yoghurt cake. Both were really very good with an unpretentious, home-made quality, and fresh, fluffy sponge. We enjoyed our cake with a good cup of coffee, notably from local roasters Coffee Planet. The café is a mixed bag for lunch, but a lovely coffee and cake spot.

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