I only know of Harper’s Bazaar as the magazine because I since I was a child, I used to go to bookstores and buy quite a few titles and I would always see this one. I also know that Harper’s Bazaar is synonymous with sophistication, fashion and trend-setting couture so when I learned that a new café opened, I was keen on trying it out for myself.
Dubai Design District is home to the first Harper’s Bazaar Café. A meeting place for fashion forward creatives that nurtures both local and international talent alike, the D3 location provides an ideal showcase for Harper’s Bazaar’s new Café concept. Centrally located amongst the area’s fashion headquarter district, the urban community feel is already complemented by a wide range of initiatives that draw in both visitors and tourists to the area.
The newest branch at Citywalk is where I went to because the D3 branch is closed during the weekends. I have a feeling the distinctive outlet is set to become a favourite with the UAE’s in-crowd judging by the number of people I saw dining when I arrived.
When I finally found the place in the middle of the mall, I was amazed at the minimalism and elegance of the whole restaurant. It features a mix of different chair sizes and types; dining, lounge, sculpted-back and sofa to give an intimate, personal ambiance. The place is quite spacious to include a mini bar, couches and a nice space to display some magazines.
Epitomising the sense of luxury, the designer outlet offers an extensive menu of favourite food and beverages, as well as more exotic fare that highlight the magazine’s contemporary and cosmopolitan traditions. Aside from the menu on paper, they also have a tablet where you can see pictures of the food offerings so it’s easier for you to choose what you like.
They serve International food that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can have almost everything that you want and crave for when you visit. We started with a complimentary bread and beetroot hummus and I ordered this beautiful Strawberry Sunrise mocktail as soon as we were seated.
We then had the Calamari and Chicken Satay and we were lucky because they let us try the Dynamite Shrimp which was not on the menu yet. I thought their starters tasted great and were a bit influenced by other restaurants but it’s distinct in a way that they added a little twist that made them unique.
For the mains we had the Lamb Shank, Wagyu Beef, Salmon with Ratatouille and of course, my favorite Lasagna.
I don’t usually give detailed comments on food but this time, I have to mention how savory the food were especially the Lamb. It was so good that the meat was just sliding from the bone and it’s almost like you don’t need to chew and it just goes down easily. If you ever come and visit the restaurant, make sure you order this and I assure you, you will definitely enjoy it.
One thing that is also admirable in Harper’s Bazaar cafe is the meticulous and impeccable customer service. They are attentive but not to the point that they are disturbing clients while they dine. I love the fact that the servers and waiters made us feel like we are the most important people in the world and they let us sit in the biggest table when we said we wanted to sit there. I know it’s petty but I notice these little things and it’s what makes me come back to a restaurant.
To sum it up, Harper’s Bazaar Cafe absolutely lived up to my expectations and I was not at all disappointed. The prices, the service and especially the food were remarkable and I’m already planning my next visit. ( I might try the breakfast menu next time)
It’s thrilling to see how they were able to translate the globally renowned brand into a physical space; a venue designed to be an ever-changing social space that serves up vibrant food, fashion and art in celebration of the heritage and style of the magazine. Harper’s Bazaar Café is a living embodiment of the iconic fashion magazine, a sophisticated and immersive experience, capturing the chic and provocative elegance that defines the brand.