Feeling healthy? This cafe has all the goods

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There’s a new food trend that’s taken over. It’s all over social media; it’s in those vibrant, drool-worthy photos that garner hundreds of thousands of likes on Instagram.

Some people call it a hipster trend, but to me it’s about not eating food that contains chemicals and are packed with all the good stuff like vitamins and minerals.

The trend has taken a while to catch on in the UAE but now there’s a new grocer and deli that’s finally catering to our love of good quality food that’s nutritious and delicious.

Wheatfields bills itself as a gourmet grocer and café, and it’s tucked away in Al Rayyana, a residential community near Al Forsan that you’d never stumble across if you had no reason to be there.

As soon as I step inside, I’m struck by the freshness of it all: the market-style décor is all natural wood and earthy shades of green from the colours of the walls and textiles to the hanging plants in the small seating area.

And then there’s the deli section. Chefs are manning the counter ready to explain every dish and ingredient.

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There’s too much to choose from; aside from a menu that includes breakfast dishes, sandwiches and wraps, pizza and hot main dishes, there’s the selection of salads, burgers, roast meats and vegetables at the counter.

I’m told the ingredients are locally sourced and organic wherever possible and it definitely shows.

The gluten-free macaroni salad is a refreshing take on the picnic-style plate, which has a welcome texture from a colourful trio of bell peppers mixed in a light mayonnaise.

The rotisserie chicken is tender with a crispy skin that’s been seasoned with zaatar. It goes well with a selection of salads on the side: try the protein salad, a colourful mix of bell peppers, quinoa and kidney beans, or the creamy herbed hummus.

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The dhal is also a refreshingly light and healthier take on the traditional curry dish, mixed with chunky tomatoes and lentils. The desserts are the real winner though.

Totally ‘free from’, the chocolate and pumpkin pies are indulgent treats without any of the guilt: no sugar, no dairy, no nasties, just amazing flavour with a crunchy base, creamy filling and pack of spice. Incredible.

The portions are a decent size and the prices are reasonable so it’s definitely good value for money, a refreshing sight in Abu Dhabi. Wheatfields is definitely a breath of fresh air and we can’t wait to see what else they bring from the farm to the table.

Need to know:

Location: Wheatfields, Al Rayyana, near Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Khalifa City
We say: A trend worth following
Cost: AED 120 for two
Opening hours: Daily 7am-midnight
Contact: 02 550 0971, instagram.com/wheatfieldsuae

WORDS Rachael Perrett

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