Shakespeare & Co.

Chintzy and cheerful, Shakespeare & Co is perfectly adequate for a quick cup of tea and a slice of cake. The cosy ambience, play area and kid-friendly vibe – as well as a reasonable kids’ menu – make it a huge hit with the mummy brigade. A Dubai institution, the couches are comfy enough to kick back and peruse the extensive menu while the service limbers up (be warned, this may take some time) and while the food is far from top-class dining, you won’t go wrong if you stick to the basics. We recommend the hearty breakfasts and a varied egg selection, including delicious poached egg and salmon muffins. The pancakes go down a treat (although chocolate and hazelnut ganache is a rather fancy term for Nutella), but steer clear of the tepid, stodgy mains. Karen Iley

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