Fresh fruit and rolled ice-creams, frozen shakes and healthy kheer – here’s our pick of the coolest desserts in town to help you beat the heat.
Tru Frut Naturals Ice-cream, Govinda’s
Where: Govinda’s Restaurant, Jumeirah Beach Road (and Karama)
When: Noon-4pm, 6.30pm-12am
Cost: AED 18 for a single scoop, AED 18 for a double
Contact: 04 396 0088
Lowdown: 100 per cent natural fresh fruits converted to 100 per cent yummy ice-creams that are sweet but never sickly. With most of the flavours based on seasonal fruits, there’s always something to try. We love custard apple, yoyo coconut, mango madness and cheeky chickoo flavours. Yep, we’ve tried a few.
Mango mousse cake, Bakemart Gourmet
Where: Bakemart Gourmet – Al Karama, Near Karama Post Office (there are eight outlets around Dubai)
When: 7am-12am, daily
Cost: From AED 18 per piece
Contact: 04 334 3893
Lowdown: Everyone loves fresh, juicy mangoes. Everyone loves soft, gooey cakes. But what if we told you that you could enjoy the best of both in one dessert? Take a bite of the mango mousse cake at Bakemart Gourmet (formerly known as Bakemart Plus) and you’ll find that although it’s covered in fresh mango slices, it tastes even better than it looks.
Frozen Chai, The Inventing Room
Where: The Inventing Room, Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga, and other branches in Dubai
When: 10am-10pm weekdays (12am weekends)
Cost: From AED 30
Contact: 054 404 1923
Lowdown: Traditional hot chai keeps us warm in the winter months and now there’s frozen chai to keep us hydrated and cool in the summer. Originally a roaming pop-up, The Inventing Room now has bases at La Mer, Kite Beach, Last Exit D89 (Al Khawaneej), Ras Al Khor and Rise Creek Harbour. Be sure to sample the frozen Cheetos too!
Kulfi Falooda, Kulfilicious
Where: Kulfilicious – Al Barsha, near Lulu; Karama, Healthcare City, Umm Hurair and opening soon, Ibn Battuta Mall
When: Noon-midnight, daily
Cost: From AED 10
Contact: 04 346 0616
Lowdown: Better known for its amazing kulfi, Kulfilicious also serves some of the best faloodas in town. Beat the heat with this rollercoaster of a traditional Indian dessert, in exotic flavours like rabri and pistachio. The combination of kulfi and falooda gets our mouth-watering every time. For a lighter dessert, slurp on one of Kuliflicious’ crazy ice-lolly flavours.
No-bake Nutella Cheesecake, Sugaholic
Where: Sugaholic – Rawdat Al Karama Building, behind Yoko Sizzlers, Karama
Cost: From AED 70 for a half kg
Contact: 04 357 9333
Lowdown: Solve that sugar fix with Sugaholic’s signature cheesecake, made with yummy Nutella, on a base of crispy biscuits, topped with whipped cream and an Oreo biscuit. The soft, crunchy feeling from your first bite will stay with you long after you have hogged the whole cake. Sugaholic also excels in really cute cupcakes, macaroons and cake pops, which can be customised to order.
Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, Serendipity 3
Where: Dubai Festival City & Citywalk 2
When: 9am-11pm (12am weekends)
Cost: AED 39 onwards
Contact: 04 455 1666
Lowdown: This chain from the US is famous for their larger-than-life portions of decadent desserts. Frrrozen Hot Chocolate goes one step further to make the most mouthwatering eye candy of a milkshake, topped with a tower of whipped cream. A feast for the eyes and belly.
Quinoa Kheer, Taj Hotel
Where: Bombay Brasserie, Taj Hotel – Business Bay
When: 12.30pm-3pm, 6.30pm-12am
Cost: AED 60
Contact: 04 438 3222
Lowdown: Looking for a healthy dessert option? The master chefs at Bombay Brasserie have re-created the traditional vermicelli kheer with orange-infused quinoa and milk. Suffused with superfood goodness, it’s so guilt-free that it’s pretty much salad. Almost.