I couldn't resist another visit to the charming café when I visited the Dubai mall earlier this week. Not content with a single cupcake however, this time we opted for afternoon tea.
Bloomsbury's hasn't changed since I last visited, but this time our waitress (when asked), told us that all the ingredients used in the sandwiches are local. Nice to know. I think that little nugget of information made my sandwich even tastier.
Between three of us we thought we'd happily devour two tiers of cakes, sandwiches, scones, and meringues. Silly us - we had to take doggy bags home. The sandwiches were deceptive - they looked average sized, but were so filling.
The selection of afternoon tea for one is more than enough to feed two hungry people, so if you're visiting with a friend it's unlikely you'll need to order more than one tier. Then again it's always nice to bring something back from the café, so if you have a big enough appetite then get one each, and you might take some home like we did.
The scones deserve a special mention too. They are, after all, the heroines of afternoon tea.
The scones were cute, small, but filling floury bites of heaven, served with strawberry jam, and fresh cream.
In terms of atmosphere Bloomsbury's is the epitome of lovely from the decor down to the dainty teacups. It feels like afternoon tea at The Ritz, because you're in a well-air conditioned environment, customer service excellent and the staff know what's in every cupcake, but sadly didn't divulge the secret to the lighter-than-air sponge.
The price for afternoon tea remains the same (30DHS per person), but you can halve the cost by sharing one tier, and the staff are happy to accommodate smaller appetites.
I think of Bloomsbury's not just as one of the best bakeries in downtown Dubai, but a great place to gossip. The seats allow you to sink in, and just relax with your friends. Admittedly Bloomsbury's is a prim and proper cafe, but that doesn't mean you have to be.