Despite the bustling popularity of CityWalk among the fashionistas of this town, Mitts & Trays has managed to maintain and air of quiet cosy comfort, from the muted pastel palette to the intriguing menu scatted with twists on classic dishes this living room inspired eatery is a quaint escape.
Headed by the UAE’s first female Emirati Chef Patron, Amna Al Hashemi, this modern eatery boasts a menu that rivals some of the best fine dining establishments, from fresh, light, sustainably sourced fish to hearty beef dishes that will leave you full and happy.
Our review started with the famed Mitts & Trays milk bread and a couple of juices – which if you are fan of vibrant flavours I would suggest you try. I have to say that while the bread was deliciously fluffy and warm I wasn’t a fan of the basil butter combination…perhaps cinnamon would be better? Maybe that’s just me.
For our starters we truly indulged with the M&T Patatas Bravas – which were more like poutine than patatas bravas but still delicious, the delicate Squash Blossoms stuffed with flavoursome lemon ricotta and fried to a light crisp. These were amazing and completely moreish, despite their frying they had not lost their light and subtle flavour and with the sauces it was wonderful. Lastly on the table was a delicious kale salad, with creamy feta crumble, dried cranberries and chopped walnuts, it was one of my favourite parts of the whole meal.
By the time mains arrived we were expecting great things and as our plates traveled from the kitchen the mouth-watering smells wafted over us. We had decided on the Braised Beef Rib and the Chicken Roulade. While the food smelt delicious I was a little underwhelmed by the plating, it wasn’t as neat and impressive as the starters had been, but we were still excited to dive in.
The Chicken Roulade was a little disappointing and the brie was used sparingly to say the least, it was a little bland, even with the sauce. The Beef Rib on the other hand was succulent and melt in the mouth, the sauce was rich and moreish, I could have happily eaten it with a spoon. The small side salad also added a welcome freshness to the warm and wintery dish.
Once we were done with our mains we were offered dessert, we ummed and ahhed over having enough space but our lovely waiter convinced us to at least have a look at the dessert case and see what was on offer and it swayed us.
From towering cakes in the most delicious sounding flavours to beautifully decorated tarts as well as decadent looking desserts it was enough to leave anyones mouth watering – sweet tooth or not.
We opted for a slice of the lemon and the chocolate tart as well as a pot of tea; served in the most delicate and beautiful tea set. I cannot actually find the words to describe how delicious their dessert offerings are, just trust me, you have to leave room for a treat at the end of your meal.
This is a sponsored post. I was compensated, but all opinions are my own.
Mitts & Trays:
Address: CityWalk, Al Safa St
Tel: 04 451 0023