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Here is why you absolutely have to pay this new healthy café a visit
Moni’s Healthy Choice is an Instagram account filled with photos of healthy food to purchase in a few supermarkets throughout the city such as Yum Supermarket (Al Bateen, Khalifa Park near Brighton college) and Souq Planet at Etihad Plaza.
Well now the brand has expanded and Moni’s Healthy Choice has opened their first café in Al Bandar (Al Raha Beach).
Located next to the pool in Al Bandar, this new café is lovely with tables both indoors and outdoors. Open from 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays (8.30 am to 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays), they serve healthy dishes, with no added sugar, no artificial flavors and no artificial colors.
For our first visit, we went at lunchtime and had a real feast enjoying a mix of savory and sweet delicacies, which all were delicious and very affordable, given everything was totally homemade and healthy!
We went for the soup of the day – with black beans – which came accompanied by a quinoa and carrot slice of bread (28AED). Not acquainted with black bean soup, we just loved its powerful, slightly spicy and wholesome taste and will have it again. Our partner in crime went for the Moni’s tacos priced at 30 AED (vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free); the homemade tacos were prepared with carrots and were crispy and light. They were filled with a tasty vegetarian filling and topped with Moni’s special sauces and came with a small tomato salad bowl aside.
We also shared Moni’s crackers coming with freshly prepared avocado (25AED). Totally delicious!
We saw one guest ordering an avo toast from the all-day serving breakfast, priced at 18 AED only and served on two large quinoa slices of bread. Our young dining partner had us promise him we would come back soon, just so that he can try this tantalizing dish.
To end on a sweet note, we went for a classic scone – it had a coconut note and was probably baked with coconut flour – and was served with coconut yogurt (dairy-free) and a cup of Moni’s raspberry jam which was fully packed with fruits only and no added sugar.
It was so good we ended up leaving the café ordering a few more goodies to enjoy at home such as the raspberry jam (39 AED for a pot), macaroons (5AED each), vegan brownies (13 AED each), matcha cookies as the waiters told us we could easily keep them for a week in the fridge.
Everything we tasted was a total winner and we will definitely go back there for breakfast or an afternoon treat as there were plenty of appealing options to try, both from the menu or on the shelves for taking away. Some of the dishes that appealed to us are only available during the weekends, such as the light fluffy banana pancakes or the porridge bowls which gives us an excuse to return on a weekend.
The latte lovers can try their current trendy versions (all at 15AED) from the golden latte (with turmeric) to the beets latte, maca and matcha latte that can be prepared with your preferred dairy or dairy-free milk: coconut, almond, brown rice, oat.
If you live in this neighborhood, you can also place an order 48 hours ahead for home delivery. There are a lot of options to chose from, with varied energy balls such as nutty almond, turmeric, red velvet truffles, carrot truffles, nutty chia and more very fairly priced: 3 for 17AED, 6 for 34 AED or 9 for 51AED.
There are more spreads available for order including strawberry jam, Locohazel or blueberry jam, varied loaves of bread, chia puddings, energy bars, cookies and more, which can be ideal if you want healthy snacks for the whole family (lunchbox, office, home… ).
We also noticed that the celery juice aficionados can have the drink there and it is only priced at 10AED.
The only thing we felt was missing on the menu were the calories per dish as it can be handy for people on a diet who need to have a rough idea of their daily calorie intake.
Well done to Moni’s Healthy Choice café which proves that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring and can really make you savour, discover and be surprised by delicious recipes that don’t cost an arm and a leg.
Practical information: to access the café, you have to call first the café so that they give you the access code at the residence barrier as the cafe is beside the pool area, within The Al Bandar residence premises (+971 2 444 69 90).
MONI’S CAFE | Al Bandar Club House, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi
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