I’ve driven past the Bikers Cafe on the Beach Road lots of times, but have never yet managed to stop and go in. So when I got an invite from GeordieArmani to meet for lunch I was more than happy to do so.
The Cafe is located on the Beach Road opposite Mercato Mall so it’s a good 20-30 minutes drive from my end of town. But it’s definately worth the trip. You almost can’t miss it – as there are usually some motorbikes parked outside as an unusual landmark and if there is a biker event on then you will be sure to see more than a few motorbikes parked outside too.
The Cafe has both indoor and outdoor seating, and with it being just a smidgen too hot we sat indoors. The inside of the Cafe is bright and airy and split into two areas and has an american diner/retro feel to it which is nice. The walls are covered in motorbike pictures and photos and in addition there is a small shop where you can buy motorbike inspired goodies. There was also a TV on the wall and I’m told that this regularly screens motorbike racing when it’s on which will appeal to motorsport fans I’m sure.
Getting back to the food, which was the purpose of our visit, GeordieArmani chose the KingCrab and Avocado starter which was presented in a tower with the plate decorated with a balsamic vinegar reduction – I’m told that it tasted great.
I chose the beetroot burger which consisted of a burger on a bed of spinach, onions and beetroot with a topping of creamy horseradish which is an unusual twist on a burger – it was great and the beetroot and horseradish combination is a personal favourite of mine. Served with a side of creamy rich coleslaw and beautifully crisp potato wedges this was a great meal.
Other main dishes include soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, shawarmas (called Jumeirah Choppers!) fish and chips, lasagne, hotdogs and daily specials amongst other things. There is also a childrens menu.
The menu is interlaced with interesting facts and figures about motorbikes which adds to the overall Cafe theme.
When I arrived GeordieArmani had told me that she had her eye on some honey cake – and upon checking the dessert counter, I was tempted by this too – as it looked great. There was also a large selection of puddings including some local themed treats including sticky date pudding, date cake with coconut, Um Ali, Khabees, Luqymat, as well as ice-cream, cheesecake and cake of the day.
We shared a piece of honey cake and were not disappointed, in my opinion this is the best honey cake I’ve tasted so far, rich, creamy and indulgent yet still light and fluffy I loved it. We were also treated to some complimentary Khabees and Luqymat both of which were really great. The Khabees was lighter than I imagined it would be whilst the freshly cooked Luqymat were deliciously light, sticky and rich.
Whilst there we were there we were fortunate enough to meet the owner of the Bikers Cafe who joined us briefly and explained that the Cafe brought together his passion for motorbikes, food and local cuisine. This explains the unusual menu selection and what makes the place so much more special.
I must admit I was expecting the menu to have lots of the items that it did on it – eg the sandwiches, burgers and hotdogs etc, but was pleasantly surprised at the variety of local dishes on the menu and I will certainly go back to sample some other dishes. The owner explained that there are new items coming onto the menu shortly, including quite a few dishes including camel meat or camel milk and I’m keen to go back and sample those too.
A quick glance of the breakfast menu reveals that it features Emirati, Mediterranean and European style breakfast choices as well as pancakes, waffles, cereals and traditional bakery items.
I’ll definitely be returning to sample both the breakfast menu and the new menu items when they come out. This is an interesting venue with good food and certainly worth a trip.
By the way, don’t forget to take a picture when you are there and post it on Instagram to participate in a competition to win a Vespa Scooter – Get clicking 🙂
You can read GeordieArmani’s review of the Bikers Cafe here