Me and coffee have not always gone well together. Don't get me wrong, I love the smell and the flavour but it just does not sit well with my digestive system. Friends find me weird, especially when they say they want to go for coffee and I'd think, 'Errr...as long as they have other options at the cafe, I am game.'
So this time, it was just Dad, mom, sis and me at Dubai Festival City when the parents wanted their tea break. We'd just gotten out of Ikea and that had already run everyone down. Have you seen how huge the Ikea is there? And how wonderful! I love going there every visit. We needed to fill up on fuel.
We found the Barista Lavazza Cafe on the 1st floor. It was a more outdoor-sy setting than an inside a cafe feel. I loved it. The counter was up front and the chairs and circular seating behind it. We chose a quiet corner table. Unfortunately, the waiter took a very, very long time to attend to us. They were packed. Finally when he did turn up, he was very sweet but most of the items on the menu were over. I had no plans to eat so I just chose the Hazelnut Latte. I love Hazelnut flavour and thought it might oust the caffeine trouble I always have.
Our order, too, took ages to materialize. And when it did, we were disappointed that the beverages were all lukewarm as opposed to piping hot. Such a tragedy. I mean who likes to drink coffee at such an odd temperature. Not me!
But it did taste nice. Not perfection. Just nice. I wouldn't order it again if that's the way they make it.
It also came with a lovely almond biscotti which was perfection :) So that kept me happy.
I have had Lavazza's coffee earlier and I found their espresso blends to be smooth and a true blend with a rich flavour. The coffee at this place, for what reason I do not know, was simply not at par of Lavazza standards. I would not ultimately recommend this place for your caffeine fix.
For those of you who are still curious, Yes I still had tummy pains after coffee. Which was as expected. No disappointments there.
Festival City, Deira, Dubai