When the wifi password is 'pecanpie' you know that you've stumbled upon a winner. The Clinton St Baking Company is originally a New York based cafe, and has recently opened a branch in Dubai. Having looked up the menu online before I went, I was torn between what I was going to order, as I was going on my own and wanted to try at least 4 items on the menu.
I went on a Sunday for a late brunch, and was lucky that it wasn't very busy as I understand there's a wait on weekends. Although I was curious about the savory dishes, I finally settled on the brioche French toast, which came with caramelised bananas, roasted pecans and warm muple butter (not syrup!). I had wanted to try the house granola, the sweet pancakes, the crispy potato pancakes, and the special black cod fish tacos also looked very interesting but .... more reasons to go back I guess..
The French toast was exactly what I would have expected a New York portion of colossal toast to look like, very similar to what I had tried previously at Normas in New York. The caramelised bananas were fluffy nugget-like pieces... a total mystery how they were made. Although I could only finish one piece of toast, I hadn't really expected to be able to conquer the portion so I was happy just having tried it.
The toast is served with maple butter which looks like it's their signature, but to be honest I would have preferred syrup as once the butter got cold it had a runny consistency.
They have a take-out dessert bar from which I bought a slice of their pecan pie (yes, I couldn't resist), and this was a true American style pecan pie oozing with a lovely soft pecan filling, loaded with pecans and a just-right crust.
|The take-out muffin and dessert bar|
I can imagine that this is a buzzing place on the weekend, but it was really just a bit quiet and lacking character during the time I was there. I am definitely curious to go back maybe with friends so we can order stuff to share.
|Open windows to the kitchen under a board displaying the specials of the day|
Information: Clinton St Baking Company is located at Burj Views, Downtown GF01 (At the Address Downtown Hotel traffic light, turn in the direction opposite to the hotel.You will come to a roundabout, where you need to take a right. Then take your first left and you will arrive at the Burj Views Towers. Our restaurant is the last place on the right, next to Flywheel). +9714-428-1331