Health junkies rejoice, we have a new healthy cafe in Dubai-@blend. (Pronounced:At Blend) It is nutritionally advanced healthy cafe that serves up a wholesome menu that is healthy and tasty.
The motto of @blend- You don’t need to eat less, you just need to eat right.
@blend is located in Shoreline Beach Club 4, Palm Jumeirah. I was invited for the grand opening of the cafe last week.
@blend is a cute little cafe with indoor and outdoor seating area. It has a breezy beach inspired vibe which will immediately put you on a relaxed mode. For a minute I felt like I was in a surf-house close to a beach in San Diego. The decor is fresh, bright and sunny. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting.
The Head Chef/ outlet Manager has created the menu based on traditional dietary wisdom and tailored it as per his nutritionist background in order to fit the lifestyle of Dubai residents and visitors.
What can you expect from @blend?
A range of breakfast bites, smoothies, juices, salads, wraps and sandwiches that are freshly made in-store. @blend not only provides healthy and nutritious food and drinks, it also provides the calorie intake of each and every item on the menu.
The cafe also offers ready-to-eat section for people on-the-go who can pick up protein bars,muffins,salads and freshly made wraps.
While chatting with the owner Malak AlHabib – she told me the agenda of @blend is to replace visits to fast food joints with a more meaningful and satisfying meal while staying tuned in to current social trends.
Here’s what I tried at the cafe!
They have 3 kinds of Smoothies- Wellness Smoothies, Fitness Smoothies and Dessert Smoothies.
I had the Supercharged from the Wellness Smoothies. This super healthy smoothie contains green tea, sprouts, chia, raspberry, blueberry, banana and honey. This smoothie instantly super charged me.
I had the Seabreeze from the Dessert Smoothies. It had a combination of strawberry, banana, mint, milk and honey. It tasted terrific. All their dessert smoothies are raw and natural.
You have an option to add-on supplements like creatine, whey protein, vegan protein, probiotics, beauty collagen etc for the smoothies.
I also tried 2 of their Detox Juices-Mango, Lime & Mint and Watermelon, Cucumber & Lime.
Both the detox juices were light and refreshing. I especially loved the watermelon, cucumber & lime.
I also tried the tangy lime and fruit infused water. Fruit infused water is a best way to detox the body and lose weight.
I liked the fact that we can create our own salad with 4 simple steps.
1 Salad Base
3 Salad Proteins
4 Salad Toppings
I had 3 types of salads-Superfood Q, The Greenhouse and Quinoa & Strawberry Salad.
Superfood Q was super delicious, it had an amazing mix of red quinoa, cherry tomatoes,cucumber, avacado, spinach, onion and olives with honey Dijon vinaigrette.
The Greenhouse contained endive, mixed leaf lettuce, broccoli and pear with walnuts and ginger,soy & sesame dressing. This was my favorite salad. It was fresh, flavorful and extremely tasty.
Quinoa & Strawberry Salad was a little on the sweeter side but nevertheless it tasted great.
I tried the Veggie Wrap next. It was wrapped with goodness. This wholesome wrap contained portobello mushroom, avocado, brown rice, goat cheese, bell peppers, onion, cucumber,tomato, spinach and spicy garlic hummus. It is a must-have wrap @blend.
As for the dessert, I had the Chia Seeds Pudding . Don’t even leave the place without having this guiltless dessert. It tastes absolutely divine. Just writing about it is making me crave for it.
Overall I had a nice experience. @blend is a perfect venue to visit with family or friends. They offer healthy meals and drinks that taste great. They seriously take healthy eating to the next level. @blend is one of the few places that I will be definitely going back.
P.S- The portion size is appropriate. As it was a tasting session, I had bite size portion. So the pictures show small portions.
Phone: 04 5148966