Chai & Co is a quaint little café in the Al Warqa Mall in…you guessed it, Al Warqa. Where exactly is Al Warqa? Drive towards the desert past Mirdif and…um, keep going. Let’s just say it’s not the most central part of Dubai. I was not invited to a foodie meetup, I found this place all on my own and paid for my breakfast. And yes, half way there I did think about turning back. As things stand, I’m glad I didn’t because the café was open as listed at 07:30 and the breakfast of Keema Stuffed Paratha I was served with their famous Saffron Karak on the side, was superb. Service, so early in the morning, was equally good.
If you live in Deira, Bur Dubai, Dubai Marina, Business Bay, Arabian Ranches or basically any other part of Dubai other than the immediate vicinity of Chai & Co, is it worth the trouble to visit? Absolutely not. It’s good but not that good. If, however, you find yourself at the Al Warqa Mall, Chai & Co is certainly one of two options to consider – the other being neighbour, Athletes Kitchen which I hear is equally good.
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