“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream impossible: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho
Rafih Filli, the founder of Filli Cafe, was an enthusiast and fun-loving kid. He enjoyed the company of his friends who would call him ‘Filli Little’. Taking his surname to the new heights, Rafih started roadside Filli Cafe at Dubai in 2004. With a dream to achieve new heights, today, Filli has become a brand everyone know. Rafih never let his dream die; he surpassed the failure, kept the passion alive with self-motivation, and amalgamated them at Tea. What Paulo Coelho quoted applies to Rafih Filli. Filli tea blend is not an ordinary tea blend but carefully and ethically crafted ethos of quality. Zafran (saffron) is the signature tea blend of Filli, which made it the brand that it is today.
Human cultivation and use of saffron spans more than 3,500 years and extends across cultures, continents, and civilizations. Saffron, a spice derived from the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus, has through history remained among the world’s most costly substances. With its bitter taste, hay-like fragrance, and slight metallic notes, saffron has been used as a seasoning, fragrance, dye, and medicine. Filli tea blends have saffron (sourced from Iran) infused in it, which gives a floral and metallic note to the Tea and when consumed, feels unique. The menu of Filli cafe is carefully designed by experts to please every palate and complement a perfect cup of Tea.
All-day tea snacks like Bun Maska, Samosa, and Paratha compliments each sip of Zafran tea. The nicely toasted crust of Toasties filled with gratifying Paneer or Chicken preparations with cream and butter makes you crave for more. The multigrain club sandwiches with masala loaded fries are an unforgettable experience at Filli cafe; the butter chicken sauce on crispy fries cannot be missed. The smoky Paneer, Egg, or Chicken stuffed in Paratha and rolled in the form of Kathi Roll is drool-worthy. The fusion of Italian Pasta with Indian sauces and spices: Penne Paneer/Chicken Jalfrezi and Penne Butter Chicken will undoubtedly take you to the Dhabas of India where the cooks prepare the various dishes in rustic form and aroma of recipes spread across the area of Dhaba. Desi Burgers and Hotdog in the signature, homemade bread of Filli are must-try; this one will be unique fusion food for you.
Filli cafe maintains the gastronomy of Tea professionally and ethically; one to two litres of Tea is brewed in batches and kept for a maximum of 2 hours to keep the acidity and toxicity of Tea at check. Such maintenance elevates the flavour and quality of Tea and continues the Filli cafe stand out of the crowd. They study the demographics of customer influx in the cafe, and accordingly, the quantity of Tea is brewed, this reduces the wastage of Tea and shows the Ethical Business practices of Filli cafe. The appropriate consistency, pronounced sweetness, and a dash of ground saffron make the Filli Tea best in UAE.
Apart from the Zafran tea, to maintain good customer relations and suit their palates, Filli cafe serves the Herbal Tea and Specialty coffee too. Cold Beverages like flavoured milk, milkshakes, lassi, iced Tea, and mocktails are artistically served in the cafe. The attentiveness of the staff, cosy environment and ambient vibe of the place makes Filli cafe of Abu Dhabi a second home for many residents. Located on glittering old Airport Road of Abu Dhabi and easily accessible by 10 mins walk from famous Al Wahda mall, Filli cafe is not just Tea joint or a place to hang out with friends, but the delicacies to try. Do visit this place to witness the love of Rafih Filli for Tea and his passion for business.
Average Cost: AED 60 for two people (approx.)
Location: Next to Akai Building, Airport Road, Al Karamah, Abu Dhabi
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