- Food: 4/5
- Entertainment for kids: 3/5
- Facilities: 3/5
- Discounts: Emirates Platinum
So I have been promising you all that I will start doing reviews for ages now, and this week I’ve finally got around to it…yay!
The Monster, the best friend and I visited the Al Wasl branch (they also have one in Business Bay) of Book Munch for lunch. It was the first time I have been here and I have to say that the fact it marries two of my favorite things (food and books) was a good selling point for me.
Parking is available at the rear of the building, it’s RTA parking so not expensive at all. As soon as we approached the door we were greeting with a big smile and help with the pram, always a good start. The cafe was pretty quite so we had plenty of space but I would see it being a squeeze if there were a few people with prams there. Then first thing I noticed when I went in was the kids book den (which also has a box of jigsaws). Bright, cosy and with a wide selection of books in English and Arabic. The Monster wasn’t impressed at having to leave it when it was time to eat.
The highchair for The Monster was brought to the table quickly and was clean. The kids menu had plenty of choice and most importantly for me included a good section of healthy choices and not processed fried foods. The Monster had breaded fish with mash and cherry tomatoes. It was all made fresh and the fact he demolished a good three quarters of it shows that it also tasted good.
As for the grown ups, I had the sweet potato poutine. It was a generous portion and tasted great, so good The Monster stole some of it too. My friend had the steak sandwich which was massive! It looked pretty impressive and she really enjoyed it, the down side was she then had no room left for dessert…. Oh well guess that’s down to me. Sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream and salted caramel sauce. I have eaten my fair share of sticky toffee pudding in my time and I would defiantly put this up in the top 5, so good, I’m actually drooling just remembering it hahaha. Oh and we washed it all down with homemade ice teas, berry and lemon. Neither was sweetened a per our request and they were really delicious however the lemon one was very lemony, which was a hit with m friend but some people may find it a bit over powering.
So after a lovely lunch, a kids reading nook and friendly staff why did it not make the 5/5 mark? Quite simply, the bathrooms. While clean you do have to leave the cafe to access them, first getting an access code from staff. There is a changing table in the disabled toilet and it was spotless but it is a downside.
Overall I would definatly go back, I loved the friendly feel of the place and the food was fab.