Damascus Sweets and Ice Cream: "Syrian pastries on Al Rigga Road" Damascus Sweets Tip by SWFC_Fan
Damascus Sweets, Dubai: 1 reviews and 2 photos
I ate at Damascus Sweets and Ice Cream one evening during my visit to Dubai in December 2006.
I had been elsewhere for a meal and decided to visit this Syrian pastry shop/cafe for dessert.
This cafe is located on Al Rigga Road, opposite a row of international fast food joints (Hardees, Pizza Hut, Burger King, KFC....) in the Deira region of the city.
There are a host of outdoor tables and, even in December, it is generally warm enough to eat outside in the evenings in Dubai.
The small menu (just one side of an A4 sized card) contains a variety of cakes, pastries, ice creams and drinks. Although the menu is in both English and Arabic, many of the cakes have Arabic names, so I was no wiser as to what they were even when they had been translated into the Roman alphabet.
The large selection of sticky cakes, pastries and gateauxs are displayed in glass fronted cabinets inside the cafe, so it might be a better idea to go inside and point to what you fancy!
Many of the cakes are priced between 2 - 6 AED. Other options include ice cream (7 AED) and "milk with rice" (which I assumed was similar to rice pudding). Drinks include a variety of coffees (Turkish, cappuccino, espresso....), tea (with or without milk), cans of soft drinks and fresh fruit juices.
The staff were very friendly and attentive. At one point, I dropped my fork on the floor and immediately there were two waiters at my side with a clean one. They also gave me a complimentary bottle of mineral water.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Mixed Sweet Plate - Cost: 10 AED
This consisted of a plate with a dozen small sweet pastries. Each of the Middle Eastern specialities contained various amounts of honey and nuts - and they were all very sweet! Some of them had the appearance and texture of sausage rolls, but were filled with crushed pistachio nuts and spices. Some had a sweet, coconut lattice exterior with almonds inside. Others were honey soaked sponges with a nut on top. I would recommend this only for somebody with a very sweet tooth - after a dozen of these pastries, they were starting to taste a bit sickly!
Cup of tea - Cost: 5 AED
The tea was exceptionally milky, but tasted ok with a couple of sugars in.
Good value Syrian desserts - especially if you've got a very sweet tooth!
Address: Al Rigga Road, Deira
Price Comparison: least expensive
Price: less than US$10
Theme: Middle Eastern
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