Yamanote Atelier: A Boutique Japanese Bakery
Located in Al Wasl Square Complex, this tiny yet very adorable bakery is love at first sight with its sweet and bright decor.
This is Yamanote Atelier, Dubai’s first boutique Japanese bakery that opened its door about two months ago. I had read about it once but didn’t pay much attention.
Thanks to Arwa—a friend and very talented blogger who writes La Mère Culinaire—for inviting me to join her for breakfast at Yamanote. She’s a lady with very good taste, so when she suggested this bakery I immediately agreed.
We were at Yamanote when it opened at nine in the morning. By eleven, most of the tables were occupied.
I really like all the nice, bright light coming in through the huge glass windows and the minimal yet tasteful decor.
And you help yourself to the baked goods, much like a buffet style. When you walk in, pick up a parchment paper-lined tray from a stack near the door, grab a pair of tongs, help yourself as you walk around the offerings around the store, and bring up the tray to the counter where you pay the bill. Then they’ll take your tray, ask you to be seated, and serve you your chosen bread or pastry on a flat, square plate.
Fresh, delicious baked goods with generous portions:
Behind-the-scenes, where these delightful products are created with love and hard work:
What I ordered:
Matcha Scone and Kiri Croissant
Not to sweet and with just the right tenderness with each bite, the matcha scone made my taste buds happy. If it’s your first time to try anything with matcha, you may find the slightest hint of bitterness and grassy taste. Also I can’t help but share with you a little review on matcha I read from Fresh Cup magazine:
First off, matcha is a ground-up powder made from the most expensive tea in Japan, called gyokuro. Gyokuro is sometimes referred to as “shade-grown” tea because part of its growth cycle must take place in the shade; this is one of the reasons it’s so expensive. Another is the fact that pricey, high-nitrogen fertilizer is used, which is the principal reason matcha enjoys such an eye-poppingly brilliant green color. Finally, Japan is one of the smallest and most expensive countries in the world, so production costs are as high as farmland acreage is low.
But its high price isn’t what makes matcha so special. In fact, it’s so special that you generally can’t buy it in a restaurant or store. This is because matcha is used almost exclusively in elaborate, ritualized tea ceremonies that last upwards of three hours—solemn, spiritual affairs deeply tied to the Japanese national character as well as its religious traditions. Matcha is essentially a sacramental tea, rarely consumed outside of ceremony.
Today, in the rest of the world, people are raving about the health benefits of matcha tea.
And while we’re discussing matcha, why don’t you go and see this great-looking Matcha zebra cheesecake with sesame nougatine by Arwa.
The Kiri Croissant, on the other hand, is buttery and melt-in-your-mouth tender. I don’t think I’ve ever had a better tasting croissant in the U.A.E. before!
Epi (baguette dough with turkey bacon and mustard), Almond Croissant, and Dragon Berry Iced Tea.
I’m already planning when to visit again! The staff is friendly, attentive, courteous, and knowledgeable. The bakery is clean and bright. The baked goods are all very delicious and freshly made every single morning. And on top of that, leftover bread and pastries are given away to Dubai Charity.
Yamanote Atelier is located in Unit No. 16, Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Price Range: $$ (10-30)
Hours: Mon – Sun: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Phone: 04 388 1811
Yamanote Atelier’s Facebook page.
You can easily find paid parking spaces behind the building.