The Huntr visited Menagerie last week and our contributor Jose said I would fall in love with the place. So I drove the 40 minutes to Mirdif today to check it out with my pal Mal and he was right: I love this place…
It’s healthy (lots of vegan, veggie, and organic options), it’s homegrown and it’s homely. All the H’s!
As you can see from my pictures, Menagerie is a pretty little place. Green and gold are two of my favourite colours so I was in perfect palette heaven. The staff are all really friendly, the chef was super chatty and there are good vibes aplenty. A* for atmosphere.
Food-wise I was impressed by the dishes we tried. I opted for the ‘Roasted Root Vegetables’ (32AED) in the ‘Breads & Dehydrated Wraps’ section. It was delicious. A gorgeous bounty of organic veggies, mixed with cashew cheese (vegan) and harissa aioli served on a dehydrated ‘wrap’. My date went with the ‘Raw Falafel’ (38 AED) under the same section and cleared her plate. Our only gripe was that neither really had a ‘bread’ or a ‘wrap’ per say – hers came with (small) crackers, mine was hard to describe (see picture below) but it was really flimsy so I think you’d be hard-pushed to wrap anything with it. But still…. Delicious, nonetheless.
Still a little hungry (don’t judge) we decided to make the most of Menagerie’s long-serve breakfast menu (served until 4pm every day) and both ordered the ‘Portobello on Toast'(40 AED). The dish tasted as good as it looks and featured some nice unique elements that surprised our palettes – like citrusy lime rind, and crunchy flaked almonds.
The coffee (flat white 23 AED) was great too. But I do think it’s a shame Menagerie doesn’t use an organic dairy milk (there’s a great Emirati cow one that would be perfect!) – especially when they offer both almond and coconut milks and lots of other specialist, healthy produce/ingredients. But hey ho. It’s not a deal-breaker and I gulped the velvety brew down quite happily.
Menagerie also has a salad bar (which sadly wasn’t all set up when we arrived at 12:30 – *sad face*) and a variety of raw, gluten-free and vegan desserts. Thanks to the double course lunch we didn’t have room for dessert, but I can’t wait to return to try them out. They also serve my favourite (and pricey) cold-pressed juices by the Kold Press Co.
If you are a big fan of healthy, delicious food with a penchant for pretty little cafes you are going to love this place. Oh! And it’s tucked away inside Mirdif 35 (a super cool new development that houses a few other homegrown heroes I can’t wait to try plus my favourite Organic Supermarket & Cafe). Winner, winner (organic) chicken dinner! Check The Huntr review for more info and pictures here (we gave it an impressive 9 out of 10)