With its urban cafes and quriky art galleries, The Courtyard is like a destination in itself. The latest addition to its charming little portfolio of eateries? French bistro Cassette.
Surrounded by the terracotta hues, lush foliage and cobbled corners of Al Quoz’s most creative space, the newly-opened cafe is the perfect spot for a fuss-free, delicious lunch (they also do breakfast, which is next on my list) or simply whiling away the hours with a coffee and a book.
Your culinary journey begins with staters of roasted peppers and goats cheese, all washed down with fresh lemonades whilst you mill over the menu, full of French classics. If you’ve spotted Cassette on Instagram and wondering if it’s just social media’s next hype, I can assure you that the food is just as delicious IRL. Myself and both my parents all ordered something different, and still to this day argue about whose was tastiest – a saline assembly of sea bass with root veggies, a succulent burger with chips and salad, or the asparagus quinotto (risotto and quinoa), which came highly recommended (thanks, Jenny!). A seriously generous portion of crème brûlée lands and my all-time fave sticky toffee pudding on our lap for dessert, and get gobbled up so quickly we practically took the pattern off the plate.
Cassette boasts plenty of sustainability touch points, from the recycled straws to the eco-friendly materials used to build the bistro. And, as the name suggests, the eatery plays a unique selection of music, and has an interactive corner where you can listen to and buy limited edition vinyls.
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