What do you do on weekends? Us – we sometimes just take the Dubai Metro without any reason but just to enjoy the ride. Benjamin loves riding trains and the tram so we just hop on and go to the farthest end on some weekends, usually on Saturdays.
Last weekend’s metro ride took us to Dubai Marina. We walked around and found ourselves near Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites. I remember we were here a few times before but has yet to go up to the highest floor in The Observatory. Plus I got an invite to try out the new dining concept at Counter Culture Cafe, the hotel’s all day dining restaurant.
I’d sit outside if it weren’t hot.
The outdoor terrace looked like a cozy place to laze around on a weekend morning just looking at people and cars passing by. But we all know May in Dubai means goodbye outdoor seating after 9 am!
I like that there’s a lot of natural light coming in the restaurant, it gives off a very positive vibe plus, I love the colours – white with splashes of orange in the interior.
The new dining concept offered all day breakfast menu, a delectable patisserie, speciality coffees and a vibrant bar. It was nearly lunch when we dropped by so we had more than breakfast food.
Though unfortunately you can’t choose the done-ness, the steak was cooked nicely and had great flavour; the homemade momos was ok; the Nashville fried chicken was delicious and had plenty of flavour the big kid loved. I wished the avocado in the blueberry, kale and avocado salad with pomegranate sauce used Haas avocados though as that’s the more creamy variety I like. We almost didn’t have room for Belgian waffles so we had it packed to take away. The kids ate it on the way home and said they liked it.
As part of Marriott, I expected good food and service and Counter Culture Cafe delivered just that.The place had a light and comfortable feel, a great place for friends to catch up or bring the family for breakfast. I wish I tried the coffee…
After our time at Counter Culture Cafe, we went up to the pool. The hotel’s pool is not big and it could get crowded on weekends, I suppose.
It was almost 3 pm and the sun is at its peak. Luckily, there was some wind so it didn’t feel too hot. However, we were toast after only a few minutes in the pool! The kids had a great time. Though I ended up two shades darker, I’m still happy to have taken them out to swim.
Finally, we went up to Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites’ 52nd floor, at the Observatory to see the sprawling Palm Jumeirah in the horizon. Pretty impressive architectural and engineering feat Dubai can be proud of!
Ramadan is coming up soon (estimated to start on 6th or 7th of June next week) so that would mean shorter work timings for me (yay!) and more time to be with my kids. We’ll look for new places to check out and new pools to swim in!
We were guests at Counter Culture Cafe, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites but all opinions are my own.