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Savouring simplicity at Café 302

Café 302 in Abu Dhabi offers an inviting, chic atmosphere with a diverse menu and refreshing beverage options

Nestled in the heart of Abu Dhabi, Café 302 at Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana beckons with its inviting charm, drawing guests seeking a casual yet delightful dining experience. Whether you're in the mood for a quick coffee catch-up or a leisurely meal, this chic venue promises the ideal atmosphere to unwind and indulge. Step inside and immerse yourself in the warm contemporary vibe, where white timber screens create a cosy setting, complemented by earthy tones that enhance the relaxed ambience.

The menu presents a delightful array of options, ranging from light bites to hearty meals, ensuring there's something to please every palate. Featuring vegan, locally sourced and gluten-free choices, the diverse selection caters to various dietary preferences. Enhancing the culinary offering is an extensive selection of beverages, featuring freshly brewed coffees, fragrant teas and revitalising iced teas, alongside an assortment of wellness drinks.

At Café 302, every visit is an opportunity to savour exceptional flavours in a setting that exudes warmth and sophistication.

Chef spotlight: Chef Maren Ibrahim

Chef Maren Ibrahim's culinary journey began at home, where he discovered his passion for cooking amidst family gatherings. Even after 20 years in the industry, the chef credits his family as his constant source of inspiration. "Witnessing the joy that my family derives from simple pleasures like food profoundly touches my heart," said the chef.

With over two decades of experience in hospitality, Chef Maren is renowned for his simple yet exquisite approach to cooking. Beginning his journey in 2004 at Rotana, he refined his skills before assuming the role of Executive Chef at Café 302. Despite his extensive tenure, Chef Maren's cooking philosophy remains unwavering, rooted in precision, simplicity and the celebration of wholesome flavours. The ultimate reward, he said, lies in witnessing the joy and satisfaction reflected on his guests' faces as they indulge in his creations.

Chef Maren epitomises the belief that "a recipe has no soul; as a chef, I must bring soul to the recipe." And he masterfully does so with each dish he crafts in the bustling kitchens of Café 302.

Here, Chef Maren presents his top picks...

Start off right: Spinach and Kale salad

"Indulge in our vibrant Spinach and Kale Salad, a symphony of flavours and textures. Tossed in a luscious sweet pomegranate dressing, it's adorned with chopped dates, crushed cashew nuts, juicy pomegranate seeds and creamy crumbled feta cheese. The perfect balance of sweet and sour is achieved through our signature dressing, featuring pomegranate molasses and sweet balsamic vinegar, mingled with zesty lemon juice and olive oil. Served with a side of feta cheese, every bite is a delightful journey of freshness and satisfaction."

The main attraction: Mushroom and Swiss burger

"Experience burger perfection at its finest with our Mushroom and Swiss burger, meticulously crafted to delight your taste buds. Indulge in succulent Angus beef, paired with sautéed mushrooms, molten Swiss cheese, turkey bacon and freshly prepared tomato relish and finished with a kick of zesty chipotle mayo sauce. At Café 302, we elevate burger crafting to an art form, offering not only timeless classics but also innovative plant-based options like our quinoa, beet and white bean burgers, ensuring that everyone can partake in the burger experience, no matter their dietary preferences."

The big finish: Orange and pistachio cake

"Savour our decadent orange and pistachio pound cake adorned with homemade mascarpone cheese and fresh, locally sourced berries. Drizzled with a flavourful warm orange sauce and topped with caramelised pistachios, it's a symphony of flavours that will tantalise your taste buds. And for the perfect ending to your meal, don't miss our signature 'Kyoto' style coffee. Meticulously brewed in tall towers using a Japanese method that takes up to 12 hours, it yields a uniquely flavorful coffee experience that's sure to leave a lasting impression."

Click here to make a reservation at Café 302 at Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana.


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