Whilst my partner is off completing his teacher induction, I have been held up in the hotel for 3 days. We are based Sharjah for the next two weeks and despite only being 30 mins away from central Dubai, I haven’t gone anywhere due to lack of transport.
Based on Google maps, the view from my room and the receptionist saying there is nothing within walking distance, I had assumed we were in a dead zone. Admittedly, I have had a new MacBook to keep me entertained, but I was extremely keen to get out and discovering.
One of my favourite ways to discover a new area is through Instagram Stories. People only really post a story if they’re doing something worth sharing and the geographical stories on the discover page pull in everything from your area. So the Sharjah IG story came to my rescue last night and showed me there was fun to be had in the area!
May I introduce, Paper Fig Desserts.
Contraire to it’s name, they don’t just do desserts. In fact, they do extremely delicious mains – we had chicken arrabbiata pasta (39 AED), as well as lemon/rosemary chicken with jasmine rice (59 AED). We were not disappointed.
We then had two mocktails in quirky science conical flask/test tube glasses, spilling out dry ice smoke everywhere; I would recommend both the Moroccan mint and the purple haze (25 AED each).
Last but certainly not least, was the dessert itself. We went OTT with the fanciest thing on the menu; the signature blossom feast (74 AED). This theatrical dessert features rooibos tea creme anglaise (out of a watering can), raspberry sponge cake, Tahitian vanilla panna cotta, chocolate crumbs, pistachio ice cream and flowers. It was basically the best garden ever. Everything is edible but the plant pot… and it was rather flamboyant.
To round things off, the interior is cosy, modern and quirky. The staff were incredibly friendly. AND you get 10% off your bill just for Instagramming whilst in there… as if I wasn’t going to do that anyway with their amazing menu! Bonus.
Check them out on IG: @paperfiguae
P.s. my first time eating out in an Emirati place did feel strange. Despite wearing wedding rings, we aren’t supposed to have physical contact in public. We have been told Dubai is slightly more relaxed, but for now there is no holding hands and definitely no hugging etc. Two hard habits to break.
You can always check out more of what I have been up to on my IG: @LondonJem