Flour and water may not be the most exciting ingredients in the world, but bread, which is made primarily from the two staples, has been eaten for up to 30,000 years.
Over the centuries we’ve created hundreds of varieties, from bagels to chapattis, and it’s still one of the world’s most popular foods. In fact, in the UK alone, 12 million loaves are bought every single day.
To me, nothing beats a good slice of freshly baked bread, so with this in mind I head to bakery Crustique for breakfast.
Tucked away on the ground floor of the Ministry of Energy building, it’s not a restaurant you’d just stumble upon, but the modern interior, decked out with flower baskets and comfy cushions, is a welcoming environment – and we’re ready to eat.
Personally, I don’t mess around with breakfast; I like the simple things, so salmon and eggs on toast appeals to me. But my server suggests I try the most popular dish, sweet potato waffles, so I order both.
Served on freshly baked sourdough bread, the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs are excellent. The eggs aren’t rubbery or watery; the salmon, interspersed through the egg, is smoky and packed full of flavour. Full marks.
The sweet potato waffles, topped with two poached eggs, veal bacon and spinach, aren’t usually my thing but I’m surprised how much I enjoy them.
The waffles are light and fluffy and soak up the runny egg yolk, with the salty bacon and welcome texture of spinach adding to the enjoyment. I’d eat this again.
My guest orders something completely different: a Mediterranean vegan flatbread topped with sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, artichoke and aubergine.
With a base that is good enough to eat on its own, the medley of mixed veg on top adds bursts of sweet and salty flavour and even though I’m not vegan, I enjoy it too, and don’t miss the presence of cheese or meat.
With a varied menu including lunch and dinner options, great bakes, sweet treats and a chilled vibe, Crustique is definitely worth seeking out for a bite sometime soon.
Need to know:
Location: Ground floor, Ministry of Energy building, Al Falah Street
We say: This could be our new favourite breakfast spot
Cost: AED 140 for two
Opening times: Daily 7am-8pm
Contact: 02 677 7004, crustique.com
WORDS Colin Armstrong