Breakfast at Carluccio’s

Carluccio's Mirdiff City Centre

Getting out of the house at 9:30 in the morning and driving more than 10 kilometers to the mall in order to have breakfast isn’t my normal routine. In fact, this is a first. Normal for me means getting out of bed at 9:30 am.

Today is special, however, because I am having breakfast with a blogger friend whom I’ve known for almost four years now! She’s in town with her adorable (mashaAllah!) twins, and I’m having such a nice time with them. I’d wake up at 4 am if I had to!

Maybe not. But I can make it at 8 am.

Open kitchen at Carluccio's

Breakfast at Carluccio's Dubai

Carluccio’s is an acclaimed Italian café chain that serves breakfast all day, opening at 9 am each morning.

The place is empty when we arrive at 10:30 am. I lost my way to the mall despite following the GPS, and we ended up at the airport tunnel instead, but that’s not what this post is about so I’m sparing you the details.

A menu card is handed to us and, considering how hungry we are, order the heaviest breakfast item on the list that comes with coffee or tea and a glass of juice.

I ask for my coffee to be served later after the meal, but the lovely waitress decides to serve it first. Oh well.


I haven’t been a serious coffee drinker until a few months or so ago which means I can’t really differentiate between Caribou, Costa, Starbucks, and Tim Horton’s. But my friend assures me that Timmies serve the best coffee.

What I do know is that Carluccio’s coffee turns out too bitter for my taste. There’s this strong aftertaste, and this is after adding a good amount of cream in it.

green apple juice pomegranate juice

Green apple juice and pomegranate juice. Mine is the green apple one, which tastes fresh with just the right amount of sweetness. It makes me forget about the coffee.

And now, the main breakfast:

colazione magnifica


Colazione Magnifica.

Free range egg omelette with grilled turkey bacon (instead of Pancetta), sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato and toasted ciabatta. You can’t really see the ciabatta because it’s tucked underneath the eggs and mushroom.

The omelette is cooked just the way I like it! The seasoning is just right and the texture smooth. The grilled tomato goes really well with the mushrooms and turkey.

While the serving size is just right for me, it may not be enough for others. I’m saying this because we still have room for Tiramisu afterwards!

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tiramisu carluccio's

Carluccio’s know how to make their Tiramisu. I don’t remember the price but what you get is the real deal: Savoiardi biscuits soaked in strong espresso coffee with mascarpone and chocolate. The serving size is good enough for three people!

Did you know that tirami sù means pick me up which metaphorically means make me happy? Such a beautiful and apt name for this gorgeous dessert!

I’m sure it’s the caffeine from the espresso and chocolate that’s responsible for the pick me up effect.

Soft and moist, melt-in-your-mouth good. That’s how the tiramisu is. Not too sweet, not too bitter. We couldn’t finish it so I took the rest for Masood. He probably just had a teaspoon for himself while I devour the rest. He’s sweet and caring that way.

Carluccio's store

Overall, my friend and I have a nice and peaceful breakfast. We take our sweet time eating and chatting. We both enjoy the food. The staff is attentive yet not intrusive.

There’s a cute little shop at one end of the restaurant where you can buy oil and vinegar, sauces, pasta, chocolates and biscuits, coffee, and Antonio Carluccio’s cookbooks.

1st Floor, Mirdif City Centre, Emirates Shaikh Mohammed bin Zyed Road



  1. yummmm…… for me it is one of those days that i only want food to be served to me, especially , the dessert bit …*sigh* now adays i am only browsing the delicious recipes and wish if someone could prepare them and serve me as soon as i look at them .. *sigh*…. the place looks gorgeous and food , delicious… the description of Tiramisu layer by layer , almost killed me ! *sigh* again .

    1. I’m too far away to grant your wish now, but when you visit us next time we shall take you to all these lovely restaurants, inshaAllah!

  2. another really good food review. though visiting Dubai is no where on the cards lol yet i was reading your post like i was jumping on the next flight to your side of the world hahaha

    haye tiramisu yum! i loved the part where you have reviewed the dessert. and interesting fact i didnt know tiramisu means make me happy.

    1. You are so funny, Mubi! You never know, though. Maybe you’ll visit the UAE sooner than you expect 🙂

      Yep, go grab yourself a slice of tiramisu and be happy!

  3. I’m loving the new look!
    Very hip yet clean and crisp!

    Carluccio’s served great pizza when it first opened in Dubai. Their food in general was much better back then.

    Now that you know your way to MCC then we should meet there soon! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Arwa! I haven’t tried anything else from Carluccio’s except for their breakfast. But based on your comment, I’m under the impression that they haven’t maintained the standard of their food. I have been reading reviews online; their pasta isn’t something people recommend.

      InshaAllah, let’s meet someday 🙂

  4. hello, Nadia… oh, the place looks chic, stylish and clean. it must have been worth getting up earlier. btw, it’s usually fun to have breakfast out with a friend, say? ahaha… btw, why do you eat tiramisu every so often, huh. is that fair, dear? 😉

    1. More than the food, it was meeting my friend that made getting up early so much worth the effort, hehe. However, I’d probably have lunch or dinner next time since I work until 9 pm. If I wake up early, the day seems to drag on forever 😀

      Haha, I do not eat tiramisu frequently (although I wouldn’t complain if I do!). I don’t know, I just got lucky this month, I guess 🙂

      1. getting up early to meet up a friend for breakfast is one of life’s joys, i guess (take that from somebody who has acclimatized to getting up late, over the years, haha)…

        just dropped by to say that all the good restaurants there have not failed to get your cam’s and your palate’s attention. and that’s still partida – you’re at the office till 9pm. and the breads always look delicious, nakakainis ka, alam mo ‘yon? whehe. 😉

  5. Salam sis 😉 Do you have any restaurant or food suggestion for me? something high in protein and carb. You know mommy wont be here 🙁

    1. Walaikum assalam! You can dine in any restaurant around Dubai and order a steak, paneer type dishes, or even daal. The Dubai Entertainer voucher book’s in the car. Select restaurants from there.

      If you’re looking for recipes, try and search for “protein” or “carbohydrates”.

  6. I do like Carluccio’s as well! Their tiramisu is amazing, I agree. Btw “Timmies” does NOT serve the best coffee *faints at the thought* Personally, I don’t like it but do agree it’s popular.
    Btw, new look of the blog is great.

    1. Thank you, Dee! Yep, I’m craving again for their tiramisu! It’s so good.

      I still can’t comment about which coffee is good, but I know my chai very well 🙂

  7. Beautiful and introspective restaurant review. Planning on a Dubai trip shortly and how i wish I could have a 9:30 AM breakfast at this place(admit its early for me too !) , I almost wish I could jump on the next flight to Dubai.

  8. Ooh this seems interesting! I was in Dubai for a day and we fell in love with the ambiance! We’re planning a longer trip next time and I’ll be sure to trawl your archives for more good places to eat 🙂

    1. Hi there, Specs! There’s no need to trawl the archives here, I’ll take you to all the awesome places to eat myself, inshaAllah 🙂

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