Somewhere in the by lanes of Satwa is Al Khazzan Park, powered solely by energy derived from the sun. Defined by a picturesque water tank that stands right in the middle, highlights of this patch of green include its proximity to the upscale City Walk, a cobbled walkway, a picnic area, a children’s play area and a quaint, little café Inn The Park (pun intended). I mean, here’s a café that has already won brownie points by virtue of its location. The fact that it shares its creators with the family-friendly Bystro in Manara, only adds to its credit.
Having heard so much about it already, we decided to visit it on a glorious Saturday morning last week. Picture this: an ancient, rugged tree with branches sprawling far and wide, providing just the right amount of sun and shade to diners seated on wooden chairs and tables under it. The feel of the place is as minimalist as is its décor, infrastructure and restrained menu.
I’m told they are known for organic coffee, but we decided to take the route less travelled with the Homemade Ginger Brew. Good choice if I may add, as the place warrants a visit for it alone, besides the Famous Bystro Baby Cino for little diners which always comes free!
Insider information has it that the oh-so-refreshing ginger brew is made by boiling tons of ginger in water till it imparts a potent flavor followed by cooling it down in the freezer. Do not try and replicate it at home, and I speak from experience; you will only be disappointed.
There’s something about an avocado I cannot resist. Having tasted their Smashed Avocado previously (which does complete justice to all its recommendations floating on the internet), it was kind of obvious to go with the House Made Ricotta & Avocado this time. Served on dark rye sourdough bread with a poached organic egg, it left me a bit dry in the mouth solely because of a tactical error at my end. A runny poach would have provided just the right amount of moistness while I went for, and no marks for guessing, a well-done egg. The fresh, house made ricotta was on point though.
The ever-experimental husband settled for Turkish Eggs which he enjoyed thoroughly. What’s not to like about soft-poached eggs sitting on a silky bed of whipped aubergine, feta and yoghurt garnished with chili butter? With sourdough bread on the side to dunk in all this goodness, this platter is for diners who like to start their day aplently.
Breakfast options for children are limited, considering the place itself is a kid- magnet on account of the play area in the vicinity. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s Pancakes with Maple Syrup. My daughter went savory only because they had her at Sausage! While I would normally forbid her to have one, these were made with organic chicken and served with egg and toast.
When dessert implies a Sticky Toffee Pudding with Homemade Butterscotch Sauce & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, you eat it; even if it is 9 am! There was no agenda to end on a sweet note considering we were there for breakfast, but all it took was that tiny bit of nudging from our attendant to shatter any iota of self-control we had, to a million pieces. We came, we saw, we devoured.
P.S. If you’ve managed to read so far, let me tell you there’s good news in store for parents of winter babies! If your idea of a birthday celebration is a) to make the most of the weather with a party at the park and b) not have to break the bank while doing so, Inn The Park’s Little Explorer’s party package is something you might want to have a look at. Hosting groups of 10 kiddies or more, for 40 dirhams each, the package includes three courses – an appetizer, a sandwich and a sweet treat with a drink on the side. Adult food packages include a variety of healthy nibbles and are charged separately. In keeping with the rules of private property, the décor would be simple and so would be the entertainment, but who cares when there’s sunshine and great company on your special day anyway.
Disclaimer: While I was invited to review the breakfast at Inn The Park, all views and opinions expressed here are solely my own.