Sometimes, the best ideas start small.
When The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick launched her business in 1976, her only aim was to make enough income to support herself and her daughters, but instead she developed an empire.
Reggae Reggae Sauce founder Levi Roots sold his spicy marinade from a small stall at London’s Notting Hill Carnival before he made it big.
In perhaps the most famous rags-to-riches story of them all, Steve Jobs launched Apple Computers from his adoptive parents’ garage.
For Home Bakery’s founder, Hind Al Mulla, it was a childhood love of baking that started it all.
What was initially a small kitchen project baking cakes and cookies became an empire of her own when she founded the first bricks-and-mortar Home Bakery in Dubai in 2011.
And now, the business has grown even more with the launch of her second branch in Abu Dhabi’s Umm Al Emarat Park, as clamours for her cakes continued.
But moving from cake to à la carte dining, we’re curious to see if the savoury options can match the sweet ones.
The menu is a dream for those with a sweet tooth, but does include a few savoury options, such as eggs benedict, shakshouka and omelettes.
Conscious of our teeth, we go for the potato waffle and the grilled cheese for starters.
A savoury affair topped with an egg, Parmesan chips and aioli, in person it’s more diminutive than we’re expecting, and as staunch believers in sharing, we puzzle over how to dole out the lone egg – another wouldn’t go amiss.
After some careful maths is done, we do enjoy the flavour of the dish. The spicy mayo marries everything together, but we wish for crispier waffles.
The grilled cheese sandwich, which should be a gloriously gooey thing, is sadly a bit of a letdown. There’s just not enough cheese – it doesn’t even reach the edges –and the whole sandwich needs more flavour with stronger cheese and a dab of mustard.
We finish things off with the French toast. Made from brioche and coated in crunchy brown sugar, pecans and caramel sauce, the dish should deliver
the essential sugar hit to end the meal.
The flavour is right on the money; it’s sweet, buttery and moreish, but the texture is a little undercooked. Nevertheless, the sugared pecans keep us digging in.
We leave on the train to sugarville – and we’re convinced that this pastry specialist can do sweet options very well. And with a few minor tweaks, we’re pretty sure the savoury options will soon be on track, too.
Location: Home Bakery, Umm Al Emarat Park, Al Mushrif
We say: Great flavours, but a little home improvement needed
Cost: AED 150 for two
Opening times: Daily 8am–midnight
Contact: 02 446 6511, homebakery.ae