We need to talk about this banana pudding

Magnolia Bakery banana pudding cups

When we first hear of Magnolia Bakery – all we can think of is cakes, cakes and more cakes.

So we are really surprised when we walk into the famous American bakery’s Dubai Festival City branch and see other customers sitting down eating a full breakfast – would Carrie and the girls approve?

Super excited about our new discovery (and that it served breakfast all day), we decide to try out some of Magnolia’s food before we gorge on its desserts.

We order an avocado on toast to start (AED 20), because that’s pretty much the law when you’re eating breakfast in Dubai. Surprisingly nothing like your regular avocado on toast, this one is topped with greens and pickled red onions, and has an weird but wonderful tangy taste to it. So good.

We also order a vegetable focaccia sandwich (AED 45), which is pretty average. In a nutshell, it is too dry, the vegetables keep falling out and even with the cheese, it’s a little tasteless.


Our friend makes a better breakfast choice with their three egg omelette (AED 39) topped with spinach. Not too sloppy and not too crispy, it’s just right.

But the real star of the show is banana pudding (from AED 17), one of Magnolia’s best sellers, and as stuffed as we are, we can’t leave without trying it out.

And it is so worth it.Vanilla wafers, fresh banana and creamy vanilla pudding; it tastes so fresh, soft, full of flavour and the best part.

We finally understand why there’s a bowl of banana pudding on every other person’s table.

Overall the entire meal is pretty affordable, and the service is great. We devour two breakfast dishes, one main course and two bowls of pudding for just AED 150 in total.

Get your pudding fix at branches in the Dubai Mall (inside Bloomingdale’s), Almas Tower JLT and Festival City.

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Need to know:

What: Magnolia Bakery

Where: Dubai Festival City, Ground Floor, Festival Square

When: 8am-12am (dine-in open for those who aren’t fasting)

Cost: AED 150 for two (for loads of food)

Contact: 04 288 1539 / magnoliabakery.com




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