Last night we decided to venture into the pyramids of Dubai – aka a shopping mall based on Egyptian architecture – Wafi. It is a small intimate wine bar that we stumbled across a couple of years ago but due to our attire we weren’t exactly welcome – I understand why people think the wine business is so snobby at times!
So naturally we got all dolled up to go this time and I must say it is a nice small, comfy relaxed atmosphere inside, all snobbery left at the door. It is much like you’re in someone’s houses or even better their cellar with wine racked around you and comfy leather couches to fall in to. Even better was that we showed up during happy hour which meant 40% off all beverages – now I like that, especially when you paying approximately US$14 per glass (servings are on the small side too).
Of course I couldn’t help myself and I had to dissect their wine list which I have to admit needs a bit of TLC.. Being quite a meticulous person I couldn’t help but notice typos and when they are on the names of 5eme Grand Cru Classe wines I found this really off-putting. Alongside this, unless you were after a bottle of 95 Romanee-Conti or a 1923 Haut Brion you weren’t to know what vintage wine you were ordering, unless you wanted to get the waitress to go check and come back in 5 minutes.
The food menu looked absolutely delicious, we indulged in a baked camembert drizzled with honey and with fresh oven baked bread – the cheese and specialist honey was lovely but the bread had obviously just come out of the storeroom and was heated in the micro… interesting touch.
Overall its not a place I would be rushing back to, even during happy hour – I’ll wait till they give their menu a bit of a make-over and some loving and then ill pull those stilettos out of the cupboard again.