Arabian Tea House – The Perfect Escapade
If you love nature and want to escape into the serenity of Al Fahidi, which other place can be better than the Arabian Tea House? Especially if it is that cool winter afternoon and sunset is approaching and you just want to rest your legs while enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature. Who doesn’t like turquoise benches and white wicker chairs all laid out for you to relax in a poised pearl merchant’s courtyard coupled with that strong aroma of tea? That’s what I loved about Arabian Tea House. You can not only dig into some healthy sandwiches and get lost in your thoughts among the chirping birds, but also get to spend some moments with yourself away from buzz of the city. Already an alluring picture, eh?
It’s no surprise that the historic district of Al Fahidi can provide such a mesmerizing place to its tourists. If you have already visited all the alleys of Al Bastakiya, then the Arabian Tea House is the perfect place for giving you the most beautiful and relaxed ambience. The café is very easily accessible by public transport. You just need to get down at the Al Fahidi metro station and then walk towards the Al Fahidi roundabout. Now as Ibn Battuta said – “ Travelling – it leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller”, Arabian Tea House perfectly matches the description as it is not only going to leave you awe-struck with its beauty but like me, you are going to take back a lot good memories to share with your loved ones. I bet that when you would see this place from outside you must be thinking how cheesy I had been in my blog but the moment you step inside you would be wondering why I didn’t praise it more. This café is the perfect example of the proverb – “A book should never be judged by its cover”. Plain and empty from outside, Arabian Tea House is a real jewel from inside.
I feel in love with the place as soon as I got that smell of strong black tea (though the wind catchers outside are eye-catching too) and that sweet Arabian music being played in the background. The décor of this place speaks of its serenity. The entire café is bounded by a large wall like a fortress and this would again from outside look boring and dull but from the inside it is quite the opposite. As I went along the walkway to the teahouse, the place was very much understated and did not even give the slightest idea of what a beauty I was going to encounter inside. I suddenly got a sweet aroma of Arabic Oud at the entrance. The hospitality was remarkable. There was also a board that seemed quite a nice idea to me which read “Welcome to our old house and secret garden”. “Secret garden”- Doesn’t the name itself send a feeling down your spine that you are about to unwrap the most precious treasures of the world? It certainly did to me. The entrance was even decorated with some pictures of Old Dubai that was quite graceful. The pots of climbers were an additional token of beauty to the already beautiful atmosphere of the café. I love papery bougainvilleas and this place had the blush colored ones surrounding some potted plants. If you love vintage things, then there is a spot for you too which had a table decorated with all antique items including gramophones.
White canopies can be seen covering the tables and that was a personal favorite of mine. The color white in addition to the turquoise benches brought about a feeling of relaxation. Now coming to the food, I don’t know where should I start. The strong Karak tea of this place needs mentioning before I state anything else. It is served in the famoud Arabian tulip shaped glasses. I even loved the Moroccan iced tea with mint. If you are looking for a refreshment then this is it. The place has three types of traditional tea namely the Arabian Night Tea, Dubai Tea and Karak Tea. Then comes the Exotic Chicken Salad. This dish is priced at 52 AED and is worth the price. It is basically grilled chicken that is marinated in barbeque sauce and the entire dish is served with lettuce, cabbage, mushroom, cucumber, avocado and it is topped with fried bread. The café is a real treasure and another thing that I really like about the place is that you will never find people hurrying about. It is also a good place to start your day as they have varied options for breakfast in the form of breakfast trays. If you are out with your loved one for a casual talk or just to spend some moments away from your busy life, then this café is the perfect location.
I didn’t realize how I had already spent so much time in this place although it felt like only minutes. I decided to end the day at this mesmerizing place with the Dubai Tea and it was equally charming with cardamom and rose petals. As sunset approached, I walked back through the lanes of Al Fahidi but I knew in my heart that I am definitely going to come back to this plca once again.