Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 23 August 2019

New Dubai cafe welcomes dogs and brews its own kombucha

Lowe Dubai recently opened in new development, Koa Canvas

Lowe features wooden interiors and an open kitchen with wood-fired oven. Courtesy Lowe
Lowe features wooden interiors and an open kitchen with wood-fired oven. Courtesy Lowe

A new dog-friendly cafe that brews its own kombucha has opened in Dubai. What more could millennials want?

Lowe, which opened its doors at Koa Dubai, Wadi Al Safa last month, has made it clear that all customers' four-legged friends are also welcome to dine on the terrace at the home-grown eatery.

Loki the dog dines at Lowe. Courtesy Lowe
Meet Loki, Lowe's friendly canine diner. Courtesy Lowe

The brainchild of culinary duo Jesse Blake and Kate Christou, Lowe serves up a menu of modern but simple dishes that use quality, seasonal produce, some of which has been cooked naturally by fire. For breakfast, for example, you could try a buckwheat waffle, topped with wood-smoked peach, burnt honey and whipped custard. Or there's a molten cheese, Vegemite toastie served with beefsteak tomato and zuni pickle.

On the lunch and dinner menu, you'll find dishes like natural oysters served with green yuzu vinegar; smoked organic beef tartare topped with chipotle, soured onion cream and radish; and charred cauliflower with golden raisin chimmi, spiced cashew and coriander yoghurt.

Broken wheat salad, crispy duck leg, toasted seeds, blood orange, spiced labneh. Courtesy Lowe
Broken wheat salad, crispy duck leg, toasted seeds, blood orange, spiced labneh. Courtesy Lowe

As for the interiors, plenty of light woods feature: it's natural and chic, and an open kitchen centres on a charcoal grill, rotisserie and wood-fired oven, celebrating "rustic and approachable all-day dining".

The National spoke to Blake and Christou last year, when the idea for Lowe was first revealed. Christou told us that fresh local seafood would be a staple on the new menu.

"We will also be growing our own food in our kitchen garden. The variety of spices and grains has shaped our menu, and whilst we aren’t cooking Middle Eastern food, there will definitely be hints of Arabic flavours, and we’ll be using traditional techniques in some of the dishes.”

She added: “Cooking with fire is at the heart of what we will be doing at Lowe, so there are a lot of smokey, earthy flavours in our food. But rather than there being one quintessential flavour, we’d describe the food at Lowe as a melting pot, with influences coming from far and wide.”

The team has also begun to host pop-up events, the first of which takes place on Tuesday, April 23. Called Series One, The Seafood Edition it takes place at a secret location and includes a four-course set menu, served with mocktails and kombucha. It costs Dh350 and limited seats are available.

Updated: April 22, 2019 10:40 AM

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