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2021-06-04

Mondoux Delights Your Luscious Lifestyle

When dining out without having to worry about any extra calories intake, it is a blessing! With the picturesque Burj Khalifa and Dubai city skyline as a backdrop right on the new Dubai Creek Harbour waterfront boardwalk, Mondoux promises a modern and hearty menu that truly is worth tasting. mylifestylenews writes.

From Bratislava, Prague, Košice and now Dubai, Mondoux set its foot last year in this friendly waterfront residential neighborhood. The new lifestyle bistro-café concept is now in full swing to delight your gluttonous taste buds with tasty foods and refreshing homemade drinks sourced from refined ingredients.


While there are many ways you can look at Dubai from a dining perspective - with the right location, the right ambience, the right outlook or view and obviously the right food, dining out needs to be all encompassing. Mondoux’s location may seem out of the way, but a good 15 minutes drive away from the bustling downtown Dubai, you are then surrounded by its tranquil and picturesque promenades with the uninterrupted view of the metropolis as well as another perspective of the iconic Burj Khalifa. With a total change of the scenery and surrounding, an excursion to this new precinct and if you go before dusk, then a preamble along the waterfront before dinner is quite enjoyable.


Being the first freestanding restaurant to open in this new hub, Mondoux is clear that this location is on its way to becoming a buzzing residential lifestyle precinct. Already well frequented by the locals especially for their wide selection of crafted fresh brew coffees, their almost all-day-dining expansive menu always has something to nourish your way either just to have a cuppa on the go or dining in for a relaxing meal. Mondoux opens its door as early as 08:00am offering hearty cooked breakfasts as well as fresh bakery from its very own in-house kitchen. Full menu is served for lunch and dinner, so any time is a good time to savor the delights of Mondoux.


Set it in a contemporary European Bistro-café style, the modern interior of Mondoux has been designed as an airy café that is part elevated living space in the use of warm woods with a nod to industrial take on without losing the warmth. Homey yet chic and decorated in a cozy ambience to please and flaunt with a playful touch of color vibes to stimulate and delight your senses.


The high ceilings not only create a more spacious atmosphere, but with the adornment of the long glass cylinders hanging in the middle dining area that are to be served as an operational apparatus for cocoa bean dispensers or roasters for chocolate as part of the essential fitout that certainly has become an iconic designed element for the entire bistro, both charming and eye-catching! 


The furniture setting is a combination of Scandic vibes and a warm touch with rattan chairs juxtaposed with slick upholstered chairs that are very comfortable and make you feel so relaxed. Long wooden tables mixed with small round and square table tops with solid heavy steel stands enhances the contemporary comfy indoor interior design, livened up by the carefully allocated mini table plants for a more sensible touch. A cozy nook for children is not forgotten, separated from the main dining room as well as alfresco settings to enjoy the gorgeous sunset while watching the world go by and tapping your toe along with the good soundtrack of chill lounge music that suits the ambience.


Mondoux – literally translated as “my sweet” from a French word – means that inevitably heartwarming dishes (as well as service) are to be expected here. The menu offers a modern and hearty experiential bistronomique dining concept. Fresh lemonades and smoothies are quite appealing on the menu and are the best summer drinks to quench our thirst on these hot and sticky summer days.


Upon being seated by our cheerful server Lauro, the refreshing mixed berries lemonade and passion fruits lemonade were ordered. Deliciously detoxifying seems to be the moment of truth while the first sip defined its justification.


<Orange & Carrot Soup>
It is so refreshing to have this combination and it did not disappoint. Its consistency was semi-thick and creamy and had such a delicious tangy palate from the citrus element and is served with some warm fined cut crispy toast. A good way to start for a pleasant meal!

 
<Spicy Prawn Toast>
A large piece of sourdough is slathered with avocado and hummus mash and topped with five meaty prawns in a not so spicy yet rather sweet sauce. Quite tasty and filling that comes in a generous serving, but the heat of the spice could be ramped up a notch for our taste.


<Quesadillas>
The quesadillas was brought to our table by surprise when Lauro took the liberty to order one of the best seller dishes from the menu for us to sample. This dish hits the comfort food mark on the bullseye! Four large triangles of perfectly toasted quesadillas were stuffed with cheesy grilled vegetables and aromatic mushrooms, served on the side with the ubiquitous sour cream, tomato salsa and avocado mash and is a winning combination.


<Chicken Avacado Salad>
Despite the salad was overly tossed with the dressing and became quite soggy upon arrival, it was topped with a generous portion of juicy, tasty and meaty grilled chicken breast as well as well sliced chunky avocado. It needs to be eaten as soon as it arrives, as the salad will even ‘collapse’ further due to the heat and weight of the chicken and avocado. An “on point” salad that is definitely worth ordering!


Scrumptious eye-filling lemonades in Mondoux not to be missed.


<Mushroom Risotto with Parmesan & Truffle Oil >
The risotto is drizzled with truffle oil and punctuated with parmesan crisps. It may not be as aromatic as it should for the nose palate from its presentation but the mushrooms were extremely tasty and redolent of the forest floor. While the risotto was overcooked and had lost the rice grain texture for a small let down, the dish overall is quite recommended.


<Mussels in Spicy Tomato Sauce>
Tasty yet lacking of the kick from the chili may not justify what the name suggests. We began to wonder how much of the spicy level that the local can really accommodate as this is more than just mild. While the portion was quite good, the mussels were overcooked and the sauce was light and watery which obviously diluted the flavour.


<Chicken Supreme with Quinoa>
As though Lauro did read our mind, without us telling him that we were going to order this dish and he once again delighted us by another surprise to bring us this dish while we were still trying to enjoy our last few spoons of the risotto. The chicken breast is served on a bed of quinoa and a separate mini saucepan is presented with the yummy chicken jus reduction. The flavour was unquestionable but the meat had been overcooked and dry. Dipping the sliced cut chicken breast into the reduction jus is recommended to enjoy each morsel and not to pour it over to swamp the quinoa.


<Beef Tenderloin >
Juicy, tender meat slices are served with a chimichurri sauce along with blanched baby carrots and potato puree. The meat needed a little seasoning to elevate the flavor while the accompanying potato puree was also underwhelming, not pleasing by its less than creamy silky texture but rather chunky bite for that rustic palate.


<Lotus Madness>
There is always that conundrum of whether to share one dessert or order one each, but we opted for a sampling of three (1+2 to be précise), just to see the range of textures and flavours. While the name Lotus madness sounds exciting enough for dessert per se to catch your attention, finally the decision was made. This lotus concoction was a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream sat on some industrial production of speculoos Belgium made Lotus biscuits and a Lotus spread topping the ice cream. A pleasant cinnamon hint on the palate but not exactly what we expected by using the word “Lotus” for natural ingredients to be used instead.


 <Dark & White Chocolates with Fresh Forest Fruits>
The plus 2 “desserts” are more like a post dinner heavy concentrated beverages or can also be enjoyed as its own in Mondoux for a cuppa. Two full pages dedicated on the menu offering a wide selection of special coffees and milk, white or dark chocolates combination with additional add-on of other toppings such as fresh fruits, wild forest berries, assorted nuts and more as further enhancements. We opted for the Dark & White Chocolate with Fresh Forest Fruits which did not disappoint, rich in texture and warm on the palate and not as heavy as expected by making extra room for it after some pretty heavy courses earlier on. This is a simple dessert yet sweetly delicious and mixed well to excel, especially when premium chocolate is used, if warm chocolate is your “cup of chocolate”, this would be the perfect cuppa to linger in your mouth and sweet dreams are made of this.

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<Espresso with Chocolate & Fresh Roasted Nuts>
A well balanced bitter-sweet flavour on the palate derived from the combination of both aromatic and luscious espresso and hazelnuts. A generous handful of hazelnuts floating and bouncing graciously on top of the glass with coated chocolate on the side that is reminiscent of an elegant tulip. A yin and yang dessert that is for serious coffee lovers who have a sweet tooth!


While true experience counts more than calories, exotic flavours may not be expected in Mondoux but more along the lines of hearty comfort food. Overall, the food presentation has a sense of gastronomy to impress and the menu has enough breadth to cover all palates and particular desires and something for everyone to liven up your day and seize that sweet intimate moment. The evening was a smorgasbord of heartwarming food and while not every dish hit the mark, we were well looked after by Lauro for his attentive and prompt service.


Feeling it, loving it and eating it…with love and passion from their dedicated culinary and service team brought to you this new neighborhood’s lifestyle vibe by ticking the right box for not being hungry….as it suggests on the menu cover. Enjoy your every mouthful and joyful moment spent in Mondoux at Dubai Creek Harbour with their vision well delivered…. All You Eat Is Love. P/S: We were told another Mondoux branch in Dubai Mall is in the making and have your anticipated appetite ready. 


Tried & Tested:

Location: 4/5

Design & Decor: 4/5

Food & Beverage: 4/5

Service: 4.5/5

Value For Money: 4.5/5

Experience: 4/5


Mondoux Dubai

Building 1 South Promenande

Ras Al Khor

Dubai Creek Haorbour

Dubai, UAE

Tel: +971 4 584 5177

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