But sometimes, just for a change, I like going places without reading any reviews and pretend that I’m going on a mini-adventure where I get to explore a whole new frontier of dining.
Okay, that previous sentence totally made me sound like a sad sad person with no life other than eating and living for the next eating experience. Which is true. Except for the sad part. Maybe.
Sooooo, upon arriving at Comptoir 102, I had no idea what to expect except perhaps the usual cafe setup of tables and chairs around some sort of pastry counter.
But instead, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Comptoir wasn’t just a restaurant but a boutique as well.
Expecting the usual suspects of cafe breakfast items, I was surprised at how healthy the menu was. Maybe a little too healthy for this bacon loving foodaholic so I figured the best strategy was to order lots of food. I mean, I had to ask my friend what chia seeds were and if they were in any way related to Chia pets.
(You just did it, didn’t you? I know I did. What did I do? Hint: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia. CHIA PETS! What am I talking about? For those who weren’t around for the Chia pet craze of the 80s: here’s a video).
From the food menu, I was drawn to the Super-Sam’s salad (40 dhs) that consisted of pomegranates, mangosteen, and avocado topped with Goji berries.
It sounds delicious doesn’t it? (I don’t know about you but to me that sounds delicious.)
It also sounded small. Small in a way that if that was the only thing I ordered on the menu, I would for sure be leaving the restaurant and heading straight to a McDonald’s drive-through to order a Big Mac (not a wise nor healthy eating choice but one I have been known to make when my food-deprived brain starts making the decisions.
And my food-deprived brain should really not be making decisions. Because I really prefer Whoppers over Big Macs).
My friend had the buckwheat pancakes which were moist and flavorful even without the maple syrup and the guacamole was spot on (you know, how guac should be – good-fatty-tasting and creamy!).
In case anyone was wondering, the sacs are from Bacsac. I’m not sure if Comptoir sells these sacs in their store. I meant to but forgot to ask.
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Comptoir 102: 102 Beach Road, Jumeirah 1. Opening hours: Cafe 7:30am – 9pm, Store 8:30am – 9pm. Telephone: +971 04 3854555.