Arabian Tea House: The Enchanting Cafe at Old Dubai ~ Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Feb 19, 2013

Arabian Tea House: The Enchanting Cafe at Old Dubai

One of the lessons in life that I always keep in mind is to never judge a book by its cover. Just like every other human being, I have done some false judgments in the past; mistakes that I regret. But everyday is new day, every mistake can be corrected; another day is another chance to get to know someone or something better. I'm not just talking about people, I'm pertaining to dine-out spots as well. I bet most of us would chose a restaurant that looks fancy outside. I've done that a hundred times, and often times I left the place unsatisfied.   

One late afternoon,  Ed and I went out for a stroll at the Old Dubai district. We were in Bastakiya when we noticed the Arabian Tea House Cafe. I was fascinated with the wind catchers and not with the tea house itself. The whole cafe is covered with a fortress wall; it looks mysterious but not too inviting for me. Outside, Arabian Tea House Cafe looked so sad, plain and empty.      

 Arabian Tea House outside

We went to and fro the area, read about the specialty drinks at the cafe's banner outside, read about the camel burgers at the nearby restaurant, then back to the cafe's plain entrance door. Ed and I asked each other I-can't-decide-you-decide questions: Do you want some tea? Should we try the specialty drinks? Should we give Arabian Tea House a try? Should we enter the mysterious door?  

Arabian Tea House door

We eventually went inside, and yes, we were surprised! Who would have thought that behind the fortress wall is a lovely garden cafe with a shady tree, flower pots, white basket chairs, draped sheer curtains and blue painted wooden bench with crisp white pillow covers. 
  
Inside Arabian Tea House, Old Dubai

Arabian Tea House design

Arabian Tea House Cafe is a very romantic place, I almost forgot that we were in the busy Old Dubai area.    There was no loud music, all that we heard was a relaxing sound of chirping birds! Far from my expectations, the cafe was not empty and not plain. It is serene, not sad.  

View inside Arabian Tea House Old Dubai

On the menu book, we read about Arabian Tea House Cafe's history. Before it turned into a cafe, the place was a home of a well-known pearl merchant. It was converted into a traditional cafe 15 years ago. Since then, Arabian Tea House caters premium teas and traditional delicacies to both local patrons and international tourists.

Ed reading menu at Arabian Tea House Old Dubai

The cafe has an extensive selection of tea; from simple ones like Chamomile and Earl Grey, to mixed specialty drinks like Black Lemon & Berry and Chocolate Mint. Ed and I are chocolate lovers, so Chocolate Mint Tea was ordered without second thoughts. Along with our tea, we wanted to have an Arabic dessert. Date and Walnut cake was our initial choice, but the wait staff sadly told us that it's not available. We chose the ultimate comfort food instead, Chocolate Cake!

Arabian Tea House Chocolate Cake

Arabian Tea House Chocolate Tea

The chocolate cake was more of a chocolate mousse, but it was delicious; sweet and simple. The heavenly chocolatey goodness reminds me of Paul's Fleur de Lis. The Chocolate Mint Tea was far beyond perfect! It has a great blend of mild chocolate taste, fresh mint and relaxing tea.

Ed and Lady at Arabian Tea House

ed and Lady happy at Arabian Tea House

Arabian Tea House Cafe is wonderful. It is that relaxing place you always long to go to after a busy stressful week at work. This is another "Don't judge a book by its cover" lesson.   

Arabian Tea House panoramic view

The Bill:
a slice of Chocolate Cake: 18 AED
a pot of Chocolate Mint Tea: 18 AED
Total 36 AED

Location: 
Bastakiya Heritage Area
near Dubai Museum

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17 comments:

  1. i like the garden setting, looks very tranquil...masarap magbasa ng book while taking a tea ahaha
    i'm craving for chocolate cake now, yum

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    1. Yes, tranquil is another great description for the place!

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  2. I really like the ambience... so exotic!

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  3. The palce seems so relaxing. You will never expect how it looks like from the outside.

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  4. The place looks cozy and relaxing. I want to spend time there too if given the chance. :)

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  5. I miss seeing your adventures and commenting in your blog sis. Have u come home here in Negros sis?

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    1. Hi Tin! It's nice to hear from you again. I'll be home soon. #excited

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    2. Wow! Good to hear that. See you around the blogosphere. I'm excited for your vacation plans. =)

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  6. Ganda ng place! I love it! And the chocolate cake-slash-mousse looks so delicious. :D

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  7. The place looks very enchanting. I would love to kill time over good conversation and the house's specialty!

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  8. if i am to judge the place for it's outside look i would not think that it is beautiful inside.. so you're right never judge a book by its cover :-) as the place is really beautiful, very relaxing..

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  9. Wow! I love your photos. It really seems a good place to hang.

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  10. i am guilty of judging some establishments by its look. There's one resto in Timog called Spring deer. I thought its a petshop, but turned out a resto serving some exotic delicacies.

    That tea house is a perfect place for de-stressing. It leaves you a relaxing ambiance.

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  11. Such a surprise! Parang you wouldnt want to go inside once you see the fortress wal, pero ang ganda pala sa loob. Secret Garden ang peg :). I am curious about the camel burger haha

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  12. love to slacken in that place...ganda!

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  13. I am obsessed with visiting such places and I envy you because you got to discover such a nice tea house. Food and drinks look great.

    Oh, and if you're interested in exchanging links and following each other on GFC, please let me know through my blog.

    Take care. :D
    Jemm
    http://thedracoprincess.blogspot.com

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  14. Lovely place to spend an afternoon with friends. It's like going back in time.

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