Discovering new places to eat in Abu Dhabi is always a bonus, it’s not all about swanky fine-dining, there’s a bold up and coming independent cafe scene and we’ve discovered an egg-cellent new venue.
Egg Shack is a cafe entirely devoted to eggs, every type of egg dish is available. With a variety of all-day breakfast combinations as well as savoury and dessert dishes you’ll be sure to find something you like on this menu.
I’m a breakfast girl, so I ordered my favourite poached eggs on English muffins, which were delicious and came with a roasted tomato and a small salad. My dining companion opted for Egg Shack’s own interpretation of the burger, sliced Wagyu steak served on a warm bun with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and a special secret sauce and upon request, topped with a fried egg, of course. Getting perfectly cooked eggs can be a challenge but our eggs at Egg Shack were served just the way we like them, fully cooked white, with a runny yolk.
The all-day options have the usual eggy contenders like scrambled, fried, poached, boiled and omelettes but original variations on your standard egg dishes are also available. The pesto eggs benedict with smoked salmon, soft coddled eggs served on smooth potato puree in a glass jar and Eggs N’ Nest served on hash brown and topped with shaved parmesan all look delicious. I also liked the look of the Tangier Shakshouka, a Moroccan dish that another diner was tucking into.
For those with a sweet tooth, I can thoroughly recommend the egg-shaped Nutella filled waffles, light, fluffy, oozing with chocolate and served with rich chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries, a perfect sweet treat in the morning.
Egg Shack is a cool, intimate venue with a good-sized menu and friendly staff. White washed brick, exposed oversized light bulbs, wall-hung wooden crates, with signature golden eggs and cute French condiments all add to the quirky yet relaxed vibe.
Emirati owner Ali is not resting on his laurels, alongside the cafe he has a portable Egg Shack kiosk which has already debuted at the HSBC Golf Championship and the Red Bull Air Show with more events in the pipeline.
Ali said of his venture “Our main target is to serve healthy and good quality food, we can achieve this by only buying fresh meat and chicken, never frozen.
He added, “All our beef is grass fed which contains no hormones and this assures less saturated fat in the meat itself.”
Although tucked away in Al Mushrif, it hasn’t deterred the foodie crowd from descending on this new venue.
Egg Shack is a cracking spot for breakfast whatever the time of the day. If you love eggs it’s time to pay this cute cafe a visit, its egg-ceptional.
Egg Shack Cafe, Rashed Bin Saeed St, Old Airport Road, 02 666 4141
Words by Jo Brett
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