Chateau Blanc Ter­race

→ Open Sat-wed 8am-3am; Thu-fri 8am-4am. Un­li­censed. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 328 9141).

Time Out Dubai - - FOOD -

WALK­ING INTO CHATEAU Blanc Ter­race is like vis­it­ing your 84-year-old gran’s house; if your gran likes to feed you up, takes for­ever to do so, and hap­pens to be a smoker.

The first thing that hits us is the stench of stale smoke. It’s ap­petite-sup­press­ing to say the least, and we’re shown to a rather tatty-look­ing ta­ble. Say­ing that, the café is quite busy and we take it as a good sign.

A pe­rusal of the menu lifts our spir­its, and you’ll find of­fer­ings from around the world for break­fast, lunch and din­ner.

Ser­vice is slow, though, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a prob­lem through­out the meal.

When the food fi­nally ar­rives, the tra­di­tional Mid­dle Eastern shak­shouka is a good size and nice enough, with per­fectly cooked eggs swim­ming in a rich tomato sauce packed full of crunchy veg­gies.

The Turk­ish eggs on sour­dough, how­ever, ar­rives with­out sour­dough (in­stead there’s some sorry-look­ing white toast) and the tzatziki is a bit tart for our lik­ing for this time of day.

We also try a cou­ple of sal­ads that are fresh and made with good in­gre­di­ents, but don’t blow us away.

After you’ve eaten, you’ll face an­other long wait for your bill, by which point you’ll prob­a­bly be at the end of your tether.

With all of the cafés pop­ping up on Jumeirah Beach Road, Chateau Blanc re­ally needs to up its game to po­si­tion it as a prime spot to visit.

WHAT IS IT... An in­ter­na­tional café in Jumeirah

WHY GO... The food is tasty enough, if you don’t mind a long wait

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