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Some freshly handmade dishes with a distinctive ‘something’
It is no secret we are inclined to search and try the latest food trends, joints or projects that pop-up throughout Abu Dhabi and we love nothing more than sharing our latest discoveries with our readers. So when we heard about this new small business launched in 2017 in Abu Dhabi and called Black Bites, we wanted straight to give it a try.
Black Bites is actually an Emirati & European project that focuses on preparing freshly homemade breads, pastries, pasta and also meal plans that can either be delivered to your home or picked up in Khalifa City A.
Their online platform mentions that they use only locally sourced, natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives.
The chef behind the project told us he actually has a more than 20 years background in the cooking industry and has worked with different starred chefs in the past.
What got us hooked and willing to try some of the artisan specialties on their menu is a special ingredient some of the dishes carry : ‘charcoal’ prepared with coconut shells.
Actually, black color seems quite trendy lately in the cooking industry as we noticed renowned worldwide chefs proposing dishes with that distinctive color. Apart from the pasta with squid ink, we were kind of newbies and open to experience more. If you are curious or intimidated as we were, you can go check Black Bites website. They have a large section dedicated to the reasons that lead them using this ingredient and sharing on the benefits of using charcoal in cooking. To be honest, we haven’t researched enough and haven’t enough knowledge to make our own opinion but still we were ready to jump for it and check how these homemade products tasted.
The Breads selection
If you are a bread lover, go check their online menu. It includes a large variety of handmade flavorful artisan breads such as Basil, Garlic & Pine-Nuts, Semi Dried Cherry Tomato, Banana, Red Onion & Balsamic, Walnut & Caraway Seed, Carrot & Philadelphia, Wholemeal & Black Treacle.
We personally tried the semi dried cherry tomato loaf, different individual cute breads with plain flavor and basil, garlic and pine nuts. The black color is intriguing and we were surprised it absolutely didn’t overpower the bread taste. We definitely enjoyed tasting them all and enjoyed the bread softness and these Mediterranean flavors.
The fresh artisan pasta
Yes the fresh pasta is also handmade by them and has the black color in common- it is either be prepared with squid ink or charcoal. The website mentions the different plain pasta options – lasagna sheets, tagliatelle, fettucine, linguine, pappardelle – and this small business also proposes filled pasta, ravioli and tortellini filled either with spinach and cheese, eggplant and mushroom, stewed lamb and potato.
Paired with fresh vegetables such as zucchini, yellow tomatoes, red peppers, fresh mushrooms and more, the dish looks quite stunning. We didn’t notice any difference with the traditional pasta but it is a good change and will definitely surprise your guests.
Black Bites offers an original selection of homemade cookies that you may purchase by the unit. We tried different flavors amongst their selection : Red Velvet, Rocky Road, Banana Caramel, Caramelized Peach & Lavender, Creme Brulee, Trio Chocolate, Zesty Lemon, Strawberry Cheese-cake.
They look and taste homemade and we will definitely order very soon our most favorites: the plain version and the caramelized peach and lavender cookies.
There is a lot more to discover on their website and order as the small business also has a large selection of meal plans and dishes (breakfast, lunch, dinner options…) that you can order from.
Pricing is very affordable as the team behind this project believes healthy and freshly prepared dishes should be an option everyone can afford and easily opt for.
Apart the online platform, Black Bites plans to attend different markets to sell their products physically. So if you see black breads or pasta soon on a stall, say hi from us.
Fresh home delivery or pick up, order on their website or call the office, 10am till 9pm, Sunday-Thursday
BLACK BITES | Bakery and Pastry | www.blackbitesuae.com | +971 2 444 55 01