Eric Kayser – French bakery and cafe
Where in Abu Dhabi:
Abu Dhabi Mall, Level 1
Tel: 02 6434660
Éric Kayser is a French baker and food writer.
He opened his first namesake bakery and cafe in 1996, in Paris, France, and in 2001 he was already opening a new shop in Japan, and had won the first of many prizes for ‘best baker in Tokyo’.
This French chain is present all over the world, but in Abu Dhabi I have found only one outlet, and it is inside Abu Dhabi Mall. We stumbled upon it whilst on a shopping trip, and the sleek design of the interior décor attracted us inside for a quick lunch.
I ordered a fusilli Nicoise (fusilli pasta, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, capsicum and boiled eggs with lemon-mayo-oregano dressing), but I asked if they could skip the tuna, which they did.
W ordered an EK beef burger: grilled beef topped with melted buffalo cheese, herb pesto mayo, basil and fresh rocca leaves, with a special strawberry sun-dried tomatoes vinaigrette and french fries!
Our meal started with some complimentary bread, which came in a pretty plate complete of tasty pesto-like dip and something that tasted like cream cheese with oil (but might have been labneh).
My pasta was tasty and I appreciated the fact that it was made fresh, and without tuna as per my request. W burger was really nice too, and he particularly liked the strawberry tomato dressing.
We had never heard of Eric Kayser before, but we really enjoyed our food and we will definitely go back for more!