The Hazelnut Latte at Barista Lavazza Cafe in Dubai Festival City


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.

Located at
Level 2, 
Festival City, Deira, Dubai

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18 comments

  1. Omg!. I love Lavazza. The pic looks great. It's sad you have tummy probs when having coffee!. Man, u sure chose a bad timing I guess. I hate being made to wait. I do love this post though!.. Love the way you explained the cafe's atmosphere. Felt like I was right there!

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    1. Awww Naz, am glad you liked the pic and thank you for the lovely comment. I did love the atmosphere of the cafe so much but was so disappointed with the service and beverages. So sad. Maybe another time I choose a better cafe and have a nice coffee experience. hehe :)

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  2. The pic looks so yummilicious.............

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    1. It's very inviting, totally agree, Lia :)

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  3. Looks nice. Even I have experienced the same. When they serve it it will be lukewarm.
    Thanks for going through my blog and for your lovely comments.

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    1. Ranjana, I usually send back lukewarm coffee because it's just really hard to drink. Thank you for your lovely comment :)

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  4. I have tried the coffee at Barista here.... the same type.. having said that nothing can beat the taste of authentic homemade south indian coffee :))

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    1. I love the authentic filter coffee too, nothing beats that. There is a aunt who does it better than any cafe I have ever been to. Have to sneak out the recipe from her sometime. How hard could it be :)

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  5. Lovely post. The understand the disappointment, come on it's coffee. It's supposed to hot! Pics looks good :)

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    1. Thank you, Swathi. Yes, nothing like piping hot coffee. Hope you are having a good week :)

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  6. It looks so delicious! I would have been disappointed it wasn't warm too. The pics look yummy tho!!

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    1. True, it was a sore disappointment, indeed. Thank you. The pic does make it look so delicious :)

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  7. Somehow i too dont like the flavor of coffee!

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    1. you like tea, Megha ? :) I am still looking out for a brew that could make me addicted though not find that yet.

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    2. Nope i neither drink tea nor coffee :)

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  8. Even me. I am not too fond of flavored coffee. I like mine just as it is. You should also check out the Lavazza ground coffee, it has a nice rich flavour and aroma. :)

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    1. Hi, Priyanka. I have to agree, it's better to have the real deal. I will be sure to check out the ground coffee of theirs that you suggested. Was looking for that kind of depth to the taste. :)

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  9. Looks very yummy but so deceptive :(

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