Sunday, 26 January 2014

Review: Mercato Mall and Plaisir du Chocolat

Mercato Mall..*sigh* where do I start?

For those of you who have never heard of it and don’t know what I am talking about- Mercato mall is a well kept secret opposite Jumairah Beach Park on Al Sufouh Road. It is a mall with all the usual shops and many more lesser known niche boutique stores. It has been built in a European style, say similar to The Village (part of Dubai Mall).

I was surprised to find a wide spread of shops and restaurants in a mall that looks quite ‘compact’ from the outside. I can imagine it being a favourite amongst the locals from the plush neighbourhood.

We went to a new British/French cafe called Plaisir Du Chocolat, just opposite Lush. W are extremely fond of our brunches but I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect. The menu looked promising with a fair amount of veg options.

We ordered a Kashmiri tea and a Cinnamon hot chocolate to drink. Both the drinks were simple but full of flavour and texture, for e.g.: the Hot Chocolate did not have the usual ground Cinnamon which is difficult to make out but had chunkier granules to add a strong texture.

For food we ordered a pastry basket and a Potato Pie. Now, the most important thing to know about the cafe is that although it may seem like your usual cafes being supplied with food from a faraway location every morning- packed in clingfilm and stocked in cartons, it isn’t! There is a kitchen not too far from the cafe where your orders are made fresh and therefore customising is possible. The pastries came crumbly fresh and true to our expectations from a French cafe. The Potato Pie was a tasty savoury option to set off the sweets on the menu. To top it off, we ordered a Chocolat Fondant (like a Molten Chocolate Cake), and my… it was divine!! It was a big portion and we couldn’t leave a single bite uneaten. They also served complimentary Chocolates which were again full of flavour and high up in quality and presentation.

To complement the excellent food and services, we had the opportunity to meet the Chef and their Manager, we were impressed to learn about their commitment to quality which came through in the food. A must try for all Chocolate lovers/ Brunch lovers/ anyone with a European hangover/ anyone who can tell the difference between good quality food from supermarket impostors… Please go!

The cafe may be easy to miss, tucked between shops
The decadent Chocolate Fondant with Vanilla Cream


  1. Thanks for giving us the highlights of special spots of Dubai..

  2. Thank you very much for your encouragement Marutsut :) keep reading


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