Minimalistic, planet-friendly, and devoid of plastic makes any concept Sustainable. Sanderson’s – a cafe by Mr Sergio Lopez is sustainable and swanky. Sergio Lopez, a passionate entrepreneur, has named his cafe after his friend – Sanderson. Sanderson’s cafe is based on the Mediterranean concept that gives you the feeling of an old Mediterranean village with snappable green canopy of leaves and a pretty outdoor seating area. African village vibe is unmissable; the smiling faces of staff are complementing the African (maybe Huwaien) outfits worn by them. Utterly impressive hospitality, attentive staff, and delicious food are few highlights of Sanderson’s.
‘A dinner party, coffee, tea,
Sandwich, or supper, all may be
in their way pleasant.
But to me, not one of these deserves the praise
That welcomer of new-born days,
A breakfast, merits; ever giving
Cheerful notice we are living
Another day refreshed by sleep,
When it is a festival we keep.’
Charles Lamb’s poetry depicts the essence and importance of breakfast, the critical meal of the day, ideally. Excellent breakfast sets the right tone for the day, and Sanderson’s cafe has prioritised this ideology in its concise menu. Divided mainly into 4 sections: Breakfast; Lunch/Dinner; Treats; and Drinks, Sanderson’s menu is easy to navigate through, and each item is available all day. Breakfast of Sanderson’s cafe is healthy, delicious, and satiating. Breakfast Pizza, Acai bowls, Toasts, Hotcakes, and French Toasts, you name it, they got it. Locally-sourced ingredients and cutlery devoid of plastic make the Breakfast in Sanderson’s a healthy affair. This place is Hidden Treasure in Abu Dhabi. Away from Hustle-bustle of Downtown, located at the pristine Andalus Resorts, Sanderson’s is an excellent day to have Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner. Since we went there for breakfast, we will talk about it.
Each dish of the breakfast is scrumptious, tasty, and fulfilling. Sweet Potato Breakfast Pizza is the kind of concept that Sanderson’s cafe should feel proud. A pizza made with sweet potato base (thin crust); tomato relish, fresh avocado, and baked eggs as a topping is a delight to taste. This one is their best-seller too. Each bite of the Pizza is a stroke of satisfaction and health; the crunch of thin crust, softness of avocado and baked eggs, and juiciness of tomato relish are intriguing to eat.
On the contrary, Tahini Avocado Toast is just a dull affair. When a dish named with Avocado and Tahini, these ingredients should be a hero of the meal. However, the herbs as a garnish of the toast dominate the avocado and tahini and make the Avocado Toast experience forgettable. However, the quality of the ingredients is undoubtedly excellent.
Turkey, a magical country where East world meets West, and this co-existence are reflected in their dishes. From Kebabs to Turkish delight, every meal has its own uniqueness, and within this, one dish reigns supreme for breakfast is Turkish Eggs. The uniqueness of Turkish Eggs is its simplicity and pronouncing yet mild taste of ingredients. A flatbread topped with well-done eggs, yoghurt, chilli oil, and greens; every element gives Turkish Eggs a simple and satiating feel to the experience. Combination of Yoghurt and Poached eggs is magical. Try it in Sanderson’s cafe to experience the feeling explained in this paragraph.
Sweet cravings are natural for many of us after a meal, and breakfast is the right time to have an ample amount of sweet to satisfy the guilty pleasures and sugar cravings. Hotcakes, pancakes, or french toast, a sweets bread is considered ideal in the western world for breakfast. According to legend, it was a man named Joseph French who created the dish in 1724 and advertised it as ‘French Toast’ because he was grammatically inept and forgot the apostrophe. According to a collection of recipes from the early 5th century AD, the dish we now know as French Toast existed as early as the age of the Roman Empire. In their style of French toast, called Pan Dulcis, Romans would soak bread in a milk and egg mixture, then fry it in oil or butter. Others believe that French toast was created by medieval European cooks who needed to use every bit of food they could find to feed their families. They knew day-old bread could be revived when moistened and heated. They added the eggs for additional moisture and protein. The phrase ‘French Toast’ first appeared in print in the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink in 1871. However, it is known by a variety of names including German toast, eggy bread, French-fried bread, gypsy toast, Poor Knights of Windsor, Spanish toast, nun’s toast, and pain perdu which means ‘lost bread’ in French. With so many variations in methods, history, and trail, French Toast still standstills in the legacy of breakfasts and desserts. Sanderson’s French Toast – Brioche French Toast is a humble take on Traditional French toast. This version is consist of Brioche bread topped with vanilla cream, fresh berries, and mixed berry compote. A chef might have thought of giving the French Roast a twist because of so many alterations in it since history; the twist works here. It is one of the best French Toasts in the Capital; fresh bread, soft cream, and flavour of compote make it worth eating in Sanderson’s.
Signature iced tea, coffee, and latte drinks are also worth trying when in Sanderson’s. Their Stargazer is the iced tea you might have never tasted anywhere in Abu Dhabi; the hint if Star anise’s spiciness makes a difference with a fusion of Coconut milk. So start your day with jogging, yoga, or gym and visit Sanderson’s to fulfil your healthy breakfast needs. Consider the lack of information about the cafe from service staff since they are true to their hospitality but to the concept of place. You may have to ask the supervisor for more information about the place.
Average Cost: AED 205 for two people (approx.)
Location: Al Seef Compound, Behind Al Seef Village Mall, Khalifa Park Area, Abu Dhabi
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