I visited d3 for the first time this weekend – and in the process saw more than I’d like of the Ras Al Khor and Dubai-Al Ain Roads!
But it was well worth it. Craft Cafe is a homegrown concept which offers healthy breakfast and lunch for the creative folk at d3. Most of their business is from the offices so the vibe is noticeably slower on the weekends, which suits me fine.
The interiors befit the location. There are funky angular chairs alongside big white chairs. High ceilings and glass windows flood the room with natural light. An open kitchen is the focal point of the restaurant. Stylish bird ornaments hang from the ceiling.
The menu is simple with all-day breakfast options, sandwiches, salads and hot meals, plus a selections of coffees, juices and mocktails. Portion sizes are a bit on the small side, but if you’re encouraging healthy, I guess you don’t want your customers to gorge themselves.
What we ordered:
Lavender lemonade – lemon juice, soda, mint and lavender syrup – I love lavender so this attracted me straightaway. However I want my lavender to hit me like a field in Provence so this drink wasn’t quite floral enough for me. More like a slightly purple-tinged virgin mojito but still tasty.
Caprese salad – a simple salad which we fully enjoyed. Big rounds of thin-sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella, a few dots of pesto, some mini croutons and a token swirl of balsamic glaze.
Duck salad – this dish was recommended to me by my foodie friend and, wow, was it good! I’d drive up and down Ras Al Khor and Dubai-Al Ain Roads ten times over for this salad. Only thing is that the portion size was so diminutive, but that’s the best way to keep your profit margins high and your customers coming back for more. What’s that big dollop on top that looks like mashed potato? None other than a slightly sweet and decidedly moreish orange foam that serves as a dressing!
Crafty burger served with roast potatoes and salad – has to be said it’s not my favourite burger.
Duck bao buns – crispy duck, hoisin sauce, cucumbers and leeks on a steamed mantou bun – I was apprehensive about ordering two duck dishes thinking they would be far too same-y. But duck is one of those ingredients that I can never resist. Good call. The buns were soft and flavours delicious, the perfect Peking duck sandwich.
Chargrilled prawns – not a dish I’d have chosen myself, but it was actually quite good. The spicy prawns balanced well against the saffron rice, steamed bok choy, and feta cubes.
To cap it all off, a classic apple crumble – served in a hot skillet with a dramatic pour of healthy applesauce!
Verdict: Great for a leisurely breakfast or lunch on the weekend, unless of course you work in d3. Difficult to get to for the directionally-challenged.
Note to self: Order a duck salad or two. Only open weekdays and Saturdays.
Dubai Design District
Tel: 04 514 9032
Chow for now!