Total Salads’ verdict: For salad lovers, Baker & Spice is a 10/10. Their delicious seasonal salads are made from mostly fresh local organic ingredients and offer so much variety that you’re spoilt for choice The Salad Platter allows you to choose 4 salads from behind the counter (from a choice of around 15 freshly made salads). Their laid-back atmosphere makes this one of my favorite casual restaurants for any meal of the day.
Restaurant: Baker & Spice (Dubai)
Location: 3 branches in Dubai – Souk Al Bahar (8am-11pm) / Souk Al Manzil (7am-11pm) / Marina Promenade (8am-11pm). Baker & Spice also organizes The Farmers Market on the Terrace at Jumeirah Emirates Tower, Dubai (Fridays 9am-1pm during the UAE growing season, which is roughly November to May).
Price range: Plate of 4 Salads from the Counter (300g) – AED58; Shakshouka Matboukha for two to share – AED 95; organic teas and coffees – AED15 to AED22; fresh squeezed juice and dairy-free smoothies – AED18 to AED38 (see their online menu for details)
I am finally writing a restaurant review on Baker & Spice, easily one of my favorite places to go in Dubai for salads. It was one of the first restaurants I visited when I moved to Dubai 5 years ago and I’m still a regular customer. The restaurant’s focus is on using fresh local organic ingredients as much as they possibly can, and you can taste it in their food.
Of their three branches in Dubai, I have visited two of them (Souk al Bahar and Marina Promenade). Both restaurants exude a warm unhurried atmosphere. The terracotta walls, fresh produce on display, and wooden tables (including a large communal table in the centre) make you want to sit… and eat… and chat… and sip your coffee slowly. In terms of location, I would slightly give the edge to the Souk al Bahar branch as it feels a bit more spacious plus you have a view of Dubai’s Dancing Fountains.
Like many good restaurants, they have a small one-page menu and I have never been disappointed with their food. I usually order their plate of Salads From The Counter.
Walking up to the counter to discover what is on offer is always exciting. There are usually around fifteen freshly prepared salads to choose between. Their salads change with the seasons, but some examples include:
- Green lentil, pomegranate and herb salad
- Beetroot, orange and goat’s cheese salad
- Roasted eggplant and feta salad
- Quinoa salad with chicken
- Avocado, tomato and cilantro (coriander) salad with lime
- Roasted sweet potato salad
- Couscous salad
- Pasta salad with pesto
- Roasted root vegetable salad
- Baba Ghanoush
Your job is to whittle the choice down to the four you want on your plate. This is probably the hardest part because each of the salads is so different and they all look so tempting. You will invariably end up having to leave some salads that you are desperate to try off your plate, with a silent promise to yourself that next time you come you will try those ones (if they are still there).
Last time we went, my husband and I each got a Salad Plate plus a Shakshouka Matboukha for two to share (Shakshouka is a Middle Eastern dish made of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce). A Salad Plate on its own is a complete and filling dish for one person, but we had heard so much about Baker & Spice’s Shakshouka that we decided to try it as well. All the salads were vibrant, tasty and fresh. The Shakshouka was spicy and nourishing, served with grilled farmhouse bread to mop up the delicious sauce.
Baker & Spice is serious about using local produce to bring delicious, honest food to their customers. Their commitment to encouraging local organic agriculture goes further than their restaurants. In 2010, they initiated The Farmer’s Market on the Terrace in Dubai which allows farmers from all over the UAE to sell their produce directly to customers. I would recommend Baker & Spice to anyone who is looking for a great place to eat, whether it’s salads, a hot dish, or coffee and cakes.
Have you been to Baker & Spice? Tell me what you think of it and if you have a favorite dish.
Full disclosure: I visited Baker & Spice privately and paid for my meal.