This gourmet deli is a hit in Dubai, but does the capital’s first branch live up to the hype?
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. 1762.ae