This gourmet deli is a hit in Dubai, but does the cap­i­tal’s first branch live up to the hype?

What's On (Abu Dhabi) - - CONTENTS -

1762, Ray’s Grill and Cho Gao Ma­rina Walk all re­viewed. Plus, healthy desserts

did you know that the hum­ble sand­wich is be­lieved to have been named af­ter English aris­to­crat John Mon­tague, the 4th Earl Of Sand­wich? It’s claimed he was the first per­son to make a sand­wich way back in 1762, when he put two pieces of bread around some meat.

So now you know how 1762, a new gourmet deli in Abu Dhabi, got its name. The out­let is al­ready a suc­cess up the road in Dubai, where there are two branches, and this is their first foray into the cap­i­tal. The café em­braces a lit­tle bit of hip­ster cul­ture and is partly in­spired by the kind of joints you find in places like Shored­itch in East Lon­don. It cer­tainly looks the part, with wooden ta­bles, golden chan­de­liers, leather chairs and plants lin­ing one wall.

The menu fea­tures break­fasts, sand­wiches, sal­ads and wraps, and what re­ally stands out is the cre­ativ­ity on of­fer. High­lights from the salad sec­tion in­clude a roasted chick­pea salad (corn, cour­gette, sun­dried tomato dress­ing) that had a mor­eish, al­most cur­ried flavour to it, plus a nutty pear salad (spinach, pear, wal­nuts, cran­ber­ries, feta, lemon, Di­jon mus­tard, nigella seeds) that was fresh and light. Sand­wiches are a spe­cial­ity and just like the sal­ads, they were cre­ative and of a high qual­ity, es­pe­cially a jalapeño chicken wrap made with ched­dar, co­rian­der, a spinach wrap, smoked chipo­tle pep­pers and mayo. It was heavy but full of flavour – the cheese shone through the most but the spicy kick re­minded you of the pep­pers as well. It wasn’t as heavy though as the roast beef York­shire pud­ding wrap (spinach, caramelised onion, horse­rad­ish mus­tard, gravy), a novel take on a clas­sic Bri­tish meal. It tasted au­then­tic although it was a messy af­fair and might have you nap­ping on your key­board af­ter lunch. A steak and beet­root sand­wich was also im­mense, full of cheese and mush­rooms, and melt-in-the-mouth beef.

Dessert is also served here – there’s a counter of­fer­ing puds such as a top draw Co­conutta, a sticky num­ber with shred­ded co­conut, con­densed milk and white and dark choco­late. The salted maple wal­nut slice also de­liv­ered – fears it might be too sweet at the first bite quickly van­ished when the salt kicked in.

If first im­pres­sions last, then 1762 has started off in fine form – it would cause se­ri­ous dam­age to our wal­lets if it was lo­cated near the What’s On of­fice.

Al Ain Tower, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 8am to 6pm. Tel: (800) 1762. Taxi: Al Ain Tower, near Rotana Mall.

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