Descriptions of authentic Arabic tea houses bring to mind images of open courtyards, the smell of strong black tea, incessant chatter of guests, and Arabic music playing in the background. Arabian Tea House Cafe Restaurant : Photo Essayed.
In U.A.E., there are the two extremes when it comes to tea drinking as I see it. Luxurious afternoon tea sessions held at some of the world’s most grand hotels on the one end. The numerous tea shops that can be found in various corners of each Emirate on the other end.
Going to a high-end afternoon tea session would require that you have deep pockets. And the other extreme would mean you enjoy tea bag tea.
Shouldn’t there naturally be an in between? So far the in-betweens I think are the cafes that operate in a range of malls and other places throughout the city. These cafes have a wide range of drinks which are predominantly coffee and one or two tea or chai drinks. And I am still on the lookout for a great cup of tea from a cafe. Well, that was till I found the Arabian Tea House Cafe Restaurant.
I’ve been trying to think of the right way to pen a review for this hidden jewel. I could write vividly about it but I have concluded that photographs are the best way to showcase the beauty of this tea house. I like to call this one a photo essay where I take you through the teahouse through my lens.
Having picked some tea, he drank it,
Then he sprouted wings,
And flew to a fairy mansion,
To escape the emptiness of the world….
The understated walkway to the teahouse which gives not much of an indication on what to expect on the inside.
The perfumed fragrance of Arabic Oud mark the entrance, a sign of hospitality.
Brownie points for the adorable little details. ‘Welcome to our old house and secret garden.’
The decorated entryway with pictures of old dubai gracing the walls. The potted plants and the climbers provide such a lovely freshness to the cafe.
Walk through the door and you find a closed off ‘old well’ surrounded by potted plants and blush colored papery bougainvillea.
Look down and the old well seems to have served the purpose of an old wishing well. The base of the well is a shiny mess of silver coins.
Walking into the tea house, a table with an attractive display of a vintage gramophone, striped teapots, and seashells.
Strong Karak tea served in those famous tulip shaped Arabic tea glasses.
Moroccan iced tea with mint. I loved the freshness of the presentation and the flavor of the tea.
The tea house is divided into two segments. An indoor closed area that is cooled down with the numerous electric fans and air-conditioning units they have around. Walking through a floor with the crunching sounds of smooth round pebbles and seashells. Outdoor is a courtyard with pastel white floors which beautifully compliment the blue and white decor setting throughout the teahouse.
The walls of the courtyard are decorated with pots of freshly colored plants in enclosed bags of what seem to be jute and aqua blue lanterns.
Every half hour this lovely lady walks through the tea house carrying an incense burner. The tea house is perfumed with the fragrant aroma of Arabic oud.
The decor is tastefully done with a combination of blue benches and white tables. White cushions with bright colored embroidery adorn the benches.
The courtyard is covered by the shade of a tree, which sits right in the middle. Sheer curtains in blue and white delicately hang above each table. The weather is only starting to change and even though it was quite hot, it was a very peaceful setting with the calming sound of birdsong.
The golden pour of black tea from the teapot with a hint of sunshine gleaming through.
An hour didn’t seem enough here. We decided to stick around for a final helping of tea. They call it Dubai Tea. A black tea blend with rose petals and cardamom.
And off we walked the three of us into the sunset particularly happy with this charming tea house which I most definitely will be visiting again when we are blessed with a cool winter breeze.