Lunch In The Sky: Colombiano Coffee House at Marina Mall | Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Sep 28, 2013

Lunch In The Sky: Colombiano Coffee House at Marina Mall


Fresh from a 2-hour bus ride from Al Ghubaiba bus station in Dubai, Ed and I hopped off the bus at Abu Dhabi's main terminal and embraced the hot, humid and hazy weekend morning! The summer heat was intense, yet I was still hyped up to revisit my favorite spots and to discover new places. 

Our first destination should be Emirates Palace, but we were halted at the gates since Ed was wearing shorts! Without an extra time to waste, we immediately asked the taxi driver to take us to Marina Mall instead; where Ed could purchase a cheap pair of jeans and where we could have our early lunch.

Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi


Marina Mall is a shopping center located at Abu Dhabi's coastal area. It has always been a lunch break venue whenever I visit the UAE's capital. For a change, Ed and I skipped the food court area and had our meal up in the sky! Marina Mall has two restaurants at the Sky Tower; Tiara, a revolving restaurant for fine-dining and Colombiano Coffee House, a cafe/restaurant for casual dining. For lunch, we opted to dine at Colombiano as we want to save Tiara for a romantic dinner date on our next visit. 

We rode a scenic elevator from Colombiano Coffee House at the ground floor to the cafe's branch at the Sky Tower. The elevator ride, itself, was such a treat. I'm quite scared of heights, yet I managed to conquer my fear and somehow enjoyed the spectacular view of Abu Dhabi's corniche on our way up. 

Colombiano Coffee House at Marina Mall's ground floor
Colombiano Coffee House at Marina Mall's ground floor
great view of Abu Dhabi's corniche from the scenic elevator
spectacular view of Abu Dhabi's corniche from the scenic elevator
Lady at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi Sky Tower's elevator
conquering my fear of heights at the Sky Tower's elevator

Colombiano Coffee House at Marina Mall's Sky Tower offers 360-degree views of the corniche. Despite the slight haze that engulfed the city's skyline that morning, the aerial view of the villas and the yacht club nearby were still wonderful! The cafe's relaxed ambiance and breathtaking views are perfect for a long, lazy weekend lunch. It has a very laid-back atmosphere. I almost forgot about our itinerary that has been at the back of my mind the whole time. If only I had a day to spare, I would rather curl up in the couch with a drink and just stare at awesome view til sunset!

Colombiano Coffee House at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi Sky Tower
Colombiano Coffee House at Marina Mall Sky Tower
aerial view of the villas from Abu Dhabi Marina Mall Sky Tower
aerial view of the villas
another view of Abu Dhabi's coast from Marina Mall Sky Tower
another view of Abu Dhabi's coast
view of Abu Dhabi's yacht club and skyline from Marina Mall Sky Tower
Abu Dhabi's yacht club and skyline

Along with the great view was an equally stunning Latin-inspired menu. With the unfamiliar Latin words on the header, I thought I was bound to try something new, only to find out that bocadillo simply means sandwich, picoccino is iced beverage and cafe caliente is hot coffee! 

Colombiano Coffee House is famous for its coffee beans imported from Latin America, but since I just had Arabica coffee for breakfast, I chose a fruity summer cooler from the list of frescatas (fruit juices and shakes). My refreshing smoothie, Vanilla Sky, was a tall glass of glorious creamy concoction of vanilla and strawberry. It looked fancy with whipped cream and fresh slices of strawberry on top!

Vanilla Sky smoothie of Colombiano Coffee HouseLady at Colombiano Coffee House in Marina Mall Sky Tower


Ed and I decided to share a bocadillo and an ensalada. We ordered 4 Cheese Blue sandwich, which was a good choice for us who really need to eat healthy and live healthy! The white baguette was filled with olives, tomato, cucumber slices and four types of cheese; mozzarella, blue cheese, Parmesan and yellow cheddar. We barely touched the side dishes as the sandwich alone was way too huge for our appetite!    

4 Cheese Blue bocadillo of Colombiano Coffee House


We paired our sandwich with another healthy choice from the menu. The Italiano Chicken ensalada was served in a big bowl good enough for four people! It was a hefty serving of fusilli with pesto sauce, vegetables, grilled chicken, and a thousand island dressing was served separately. It was light and delicious!

Italiano Chicken ensalada of Colombiano Coffee House


Prices are quite higher than the regular cafes, but I wasn't really surprised as I have been to restaurants with scenic views wherein I don't just pay for the meal but for view as well! :) I'm just glad that Colombiano lived up to my expectations. The cafe gave us unique dining experience, along with delicious food and great service. It's always nice to drift away from the usual sometimes. We just had to splurge a little, but it was all worth it! 

Lady and Ed in Abu Dhabi Marina Mall Sky Tower

The Bill: 
4 Cheese Blue: 54 AED
Italiano Chicken Salad: 58 AED
Vanilla Sky: 38 AED
Chocolate Shake: 38 AED

Location:
Colombiano Coffee House
Sky Tower, Marina Mall
Abu Dhabi 





Comments
15 Blogger Comments