Do you love shoes? Or love to find a quiet spot for a sophisticated meal or coffee when shopping in Dubai Mall ? Then this could just be the place for you. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Mall, yet still inside the Mall, I recently enjoyed lunch at Vogue Café. Situated in the Level Shoe District and not too far from the fountains, Vogue Café is an oasis of calm and tranquillity. I must admit that I don’t visit the Shoe District often, and almost walked past the cafe as it’s easy to miss. Understated but classy is a good way to describe the cafe, there are hints of Vogue all around with beautifully shot art work on the walls, lots of red petals scattered around the dividers along with beautiful candles, and of course plenty of gold, and yet the cafe still manages to feel bright and airy and has plenty of comfortable seating too.
The menu is interesting, not too big and not too small, there’s plenty to choose from to take a hungry or weary diner from breakfast through to dinner or supper and the mocktail and beverage menu is interesting, eclectic and exciting enough to tempt me back for coffee and cake – but of the Vogue kind so it won’t be instant coffee and a jam doughnut for sure. One thing Ioved about the menu was the interesting quotes dotted throughout with my favourite being “I don’t know who invented high heels but women owe him a lot” – Marilyn Monroe.
We started our meal with a few recommendations from the manager. A decadent start for me with a glass of Vogue Café Golden Lemonade which was served on it’s own disc of light to highlight the gold leaf particules as they glided through my glass, we were in awe too of the 24 carat gold leaf which topped my drink along with some tiny dried rosebuds, decadent, sexy and gorgeous spring to mind, a little ostentatious perhaps, but this is Vogue Cafe darlings so what do you expect. My lunch date had a glass of Scavi & Ray Red Wine (non alcoholic of course)which we were told was popular, whilst it’s not quite red wine, it added a sense of occasion to the meal and it was soft and smooth on the palate.
Starters provided us with far too many dishes that we both liked the sound of, so we sought the advice of the manager who told us that the layered Beetroot and Goat Cheese Mousse is a must try, served with lemon vinaigrette, petite cress and candied walnuts was one of the best selling dishes and we can understand why. Beautifully presented and with layers of perfectly cooked beetroot with creamy goats cheese mousse this was a beautiful and light starter. We also had Tuna Two Ways, which did not deliver quite the same impression. Whilst it looked beautiful we both felt that it didn’t deliver on taste as much as we had expected, perhaps it was overshadowed by the delightful Beetroot and Goats Cheese Mousse.
Our main course caused plenty of discussion as my companion ordered Fennel seed rubbed scallops with a cauliflower crème brûlée. The scallops were beautifully tender and perfectly cooked. The crème brûlée was particularly interesting as it was served cold with a crispy layer of caramelised sugar on top. Its one of those dishes that you pehaps love or hate, we both enjoyed it, but it’s a confusing dish in a way, the cauliflower was very garlicky which worked well with the sugary crust on top, even though our heads were telling us that it shouldn’t work. Dishes like this are always interesting particularly when they slightly confuse you but also please you. The Grilled organic chicken breast was tasty, succulent and juicy which is what you expect from organic chicken. The star of the show for me from the menu description, was to be the truffle fries which is a combination that I absolutely love, the decadence of truffles with fries always pleases me and brings a smile to my face. This time however I was slightly disappointed to receive just four big chunky fries on which the chicken was nestled and then more disappointed to find that the fries were cold. Having half eaten one of the fries, I politely sent the dish back to the kitchen to be rectified only to be served three and a half equally cold fries a few minutes later. I’m not sure if there was a misunderstanding on my request, but it was a little disappointing as the flavour was great, it was just the temperature that was not. Had the fries been hot I am sure that I would have wanted a big bowl of them to indulge in.
The desserts were the star of the show and definitely warrant a return trip soon. Once again we struggled to choose as there were some really interesting dishes on offer. This time taking some advice from the friendly waiter we settled for Mille Fueille which was presented beautifully and was oh so crispy just how good mille fueille should be. Followed by Chocolate Implosion one of the signature dishes which I choose with delight since I am an avid white chocolate fan (I’m a child of the Milky Bar Kid – oh the power of advertising!). Anyway I digress. The sphere of white chocolate was delivered to our table and along with a few ooohs and ahhhs from me as it slowly melted as warm milk chocolate was slowly poured over the sphere. Inside the melted sphere was some subtly mint ice-cream which sat in a puddle of oozing white chocolate along with a few marshmallows. Pushing aside the redundant and unnecessary marshmallows in my opinion, I lapped up the rich warm chocolately puddling with relish wishing that I was in my kitchen at home so that I could lick the plate, something I am sure is not becoming behaviour in public, ever, and particularly at Vogue Cafe !!
Our meal ended with a decadent coffee for my companion, called Ferrero Roche, she sipped from a cup of roasted ground hazelnuts, indulgent chocolate and a ton of frothy cream which caused a bit of drink envy on instagram. I ended with the Berry Blast mocktail which I had spotted on instagram and which I’m pleased to share the recipe with you below.
Perhaps a third full at lunch time, this is a bit of a hidden gem. Service was attentive and the staff were incredibly knowledgeable about the menu. I recommend a trip to Vogue if you want to escape mall madness whilst indulging in some beautiful fashionista food which delivers on taste as well as looks as a Vogue fashionista should 🙂
Disclaimer : I was a guest of Vogue Café – however all views and opinions are my own as are the images above which are an accurate representation of my visit.
Hepburn’s Berry Blast Mocktail
- 40ml Blackberry Puree
- 40ml Raspberry Puree
- 90ml Cranberry Juice
- 15ml Fresh Lemon Juice
- 50ml Ginger Ale
- 30ml Sugar Syrup
- 20 gr Icing Sugar
- 3 Rose Petals
- 3 pieces Pineapple leaves
Chill the glass then dust with icing sugar
Place all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake until blended.
Put ½ scoop of crushed ice into a Margarita glass, pour over the contents of the shaker and top up with ginger ale.
Garnish with Rose Petals and Pineapple Leaves
(Recipe courtesy of Vogue Café).