I went to Bertin once before for the pain perdu, which, incidentally, is out of this world.
But for some reason (perhaps because I don’t really get the concept: some guy named Bertin fell in love with an exotic girl and traveled around the world to France, Spain and Morocco??), the rest of the menu never really appealled to me. (Flammekeuche – what??)
But this weekend, I returned for breakfast and wondered why I hadn’t been back sooner.
It was surprisingly quiet for a Friday morning, meaning we didn’t feel rushed and could graze to our hearts’ content. There’s an extensive menu with enough options to keep everyone happy. We started with drinks, of which you can choose hot or cold options, with or without soy or almond milk, matcha tea lattes, rose lattes and cold coffees. We moved to mains – the best eggs Benedicts, full English breakfasts, sweet stuff like pancakes, and healthy choices like avocado toast and chia pudding. Then we topped it off with the must-have pain perdu.
What’s on the menu:
Salmon Eggs Benedict – two poached eggs atop brioche, with smoked salmon, spinach and tomato, served in a small skillet. The portion looks small, but it’s sufficient. The eggs were cooked exactly to specifications – mine runny and my friend’s well-done. The Hollandaise sauce was perfect – copious, flavourful and slightly tangy – just the way I like it. This is now my new favourite Eggs Benedict in Dubai.
Acai Passion Fruit Chia – this dish isn’t well-described on the menu, so I expected something completely different. I imagined an acai bowl with a sprinkle of chia, but what I got was a whole lot of chia with nary a hint of acai! No matter, it was still tasty and moreover healthy with mango and raspberries.
Continental Breakfast – this was the only dish I didn’t try. Eggs, baked beans, bacon, bratwurst, portobello mushrooms, and sauteed potatoes served in a skillet. If you know me at all, you’ll already know I’m not an English breakfast kind of girl.
Pac-Man Pancakes – small in diameter but super-thick and filling pancakes served in the shape of Pac-Man. Though I’m also not much of a pancake eater, I still prefer the fluffy pancakes at Clinton Street Baking Company.
Pain Perdu – Bertin’s version of this eggy bread is almost like a bread and butter pudding. The brioche is baked for 15 minutes in an individual pot and comes steaming hot to your table with a side of caramel and sea salt. This is the must-order dish at Bertin. In fact, my first time at Bertin this was all that I ordered!
Xose Coffee – what I should have ordered but didn’t. This cold coffee is served on a platter for you to mix yourself with a glass of ice and two small pitchers of sweetened coffee and cream. Oops, no photo!
Latte (top left) and Matcha Green Tea Latte (bottom right) – my go-to drink before I tried the Xose!
Verdict: My new favourite place for Eggs Benedict.
Note to self: Salmon Eggs Benedict, Xose Coffee, and a Pain Perdu please. Plus don’t forget to use the Entertainer breakfast voucher.
Al Manara, Street 21B
Opposite Times Square
Sheikh Zayed Road
Tel: 04 321 9239
Chow for now!