ABU DHABI, UAE, FEBRUARY 8, 2021 Set to open its elegant, Hamptons-inspired doors in Abu Dhabi this February, Montauk Boutique Cafe and Restaurant will transport guests stateside, serving up some serious Long Island beach house vibes in Al Bateen.
Presenting wholesome home-to-table style cuisine, Montauk's kitchen is led by the restaurant's Emirati owner and founder, Chef Mariam Almansoori, whose passion and artistry is ingrained into every aspect of the homegrown brand.
Coffee house jazz greets and soothes diners upon arrival to the Instagram-worthy cafe, bakery and restaurant, while the chilled, neighbourhood ambience ensures a relaxing visit whether it be for an indulgent breakfast, leisurely lunch, or dinner with the family, Montauk will be abundant with laidback idyllic moments and something for everyone.
Custom made to capture the true, picturesque essence of the ultra-luxurious seaside destination of Montauk in New York, interiors at the restaurant are homely and simple yet sophisticated and chic. Think opulent wooden flooring, furnishings and French wall paneling, nautical-inspired rich jade green and off-white striped upholstery with cream linens, handpicked artwork and personalised illustrations, all complimented by natural greenery and flower arrangements. Designed from top to bottom to reflect the comfort found in a warming home, the venue houses a living room-style dining room on the first floor, and a bakery and terrace on the second.
Montauk's team of seasoned chefs use classical techniques to produce contemporary high-end international cafe cuisine with Chef Mariam's special home comfort touch, which brings with it a hint of her Arabic heritage. Only the freshest, wholesome ingredients will be used to produce a wide range of dishes that focus on health with minimal sugar use. A medley of tasty favourites will also be on offer for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free and low-fat diners.
Fresh daily artistic salads of spiced figand goat's cheese, watermelon feta, and burrata with citrus will be available, as well as tempting starter dishes of spicy grilled garlic prawns, harissa and sundried tomato chicken with king oyster mushrooms and lemongrass hummus, and double stuffed baked sweet potato with beef bacon and broccoli, drizzled with truffle cheese sauce.
For mains, the Montauk grilled Canadian lobster with roasted nori butter is set to be a signature, in addition to spiced lamb chops with pomegranateand Greek Yoghurt, salmon with mangoand corn salsa, and creamy truffle rigatoni. Classic desserts bring meals to an indulgent end at Montauk with options like sticky toffee pudding, passionfruit cheesecake, and chocolate caramel fondant.
Breakfasts are the star of the show, with the occasion serving up a menu of its own. Highlight rise and shine dishes include avocadoand beetroot cheese toasties, Turkish eggs with herb labneh, and scrambled egg shakshuka for two, then there's moorish custard-soaked brioche French toast, homemade granola with honeyand berries, cream cheese sesame bagels with varied fillings such as smoked salmon, beef bacon and avocado, plus much more. Not forgetting the all fresh fruit smoothies and squeezed juices.
For guests looking for a spot to work during the day or indulge in a little alone time, there's cozy corners found throughout to enjoy privacy and a cup of freshly brewed coffee, paired with a treat from the in-house bakery where everything including breads, pastries and cakes are made from scratch. Spread across three floors, the venue offers seating for solo diners, couples and families, as well as large groups for private events like an idyllic baby shower.
Ahead of the grand opening, chef-owner Mariam said: "Montauk will feel like an extension of a family living room it's a welcoming and cozy place to share special moments with your loved ones. Our home-to-table cooking will warm the hearts of diners, and I feel incredibly proud to be bringing a touch of local culture to the outlet and my personal Emirati heritage. To future guests of Montauk, we look forward to welcoming you. Our home is your home."
The charming Montauk Boutique CafeandRestaurant will open to guests in late February 2020.
Montauk Boutique CafeandRestaurant is located on Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and is open daily from 8am to 11pm, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with delivery available through Deliveroo and Talabat.
For more information, call 025466255 or follow @montaukabudhabi on Instagram.
Montauk Boutique CafeandRestaurant:
Founded in 2021 by Emirati national Mariam Almansoori, Montauk Boutique Cafeand Restaurant is an unmistakable casual yet charming and stylish concept in Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi. Inspired by the popular, luxury beach holiday destination of Montauk in New York, America a place known for its natural beauty, fertile lands, home-grown produce and bounty from the abundant sea Montauk Boutique CafeandRestaurant is a go-to spot for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks. Montauk's home-to-table high-end cafe cuisine by Chef Mariam Almansoori is wholesome, hearty and beautifully presented, and is available for dine-in, take-away and delivery.
Nestled in the Al Bateen community, Montauk is a neighborhood hangout for residents it's an extension of the living room and a place a cup of coffee can be enjoyed at any time of day.
Mariam Almansoori, Chef-Owner, Montauk Boutique CafeandRestaurant
Chef Mariam Almansoori discovered her passion for cooking at an early age while spending time in the kitchen with her parents and watching Julia Childs on television. Born and raised in United Arab Emirates, the Emirati national has always dreamt of one day opening her own restaurant, and took the steps to make it happen in 2021 when she opened the doors to Montauk Boutique CafeandRestaurant in Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi.
As a mother and a wife, family is incredibly dear to Mariam's heart an element of which the foundations of Montauk were built upon. She cites her family as her biggest inspiration, in and out of the kitchen, sharing: "I wouldnt be here without the encouragement and support of my family, especially my husband who has been by my side every step of the way because of him my dream has become a reality, and Ill be forever thankful for him."
Preparing meals a plenty for her family and friends, Mariams cookery is wholesome, soulful and made with love. Cooking with fresh ingredients, Mariam creates simple, honest recipes that marry traditional cooking methods with international cuisines. She shares one of her favourite, nostalgia-sparking dishes as shakshuka a dish that her family would share for breakfast during her childhood, and one which can be found on Montauks menu.
Commenting on the opening of Montauk, the restaurants Chef-Owner expressed: "At Montauk, our home is your home its an extension of our family living room where its a welcoming and cozy. I feel incredibly proud to be bringing a touch of local culture to the outlet and my personal Emirati heritage."
When Mariam isn't in the kitchen at Montauk, she's enjoying time with her family, travelling to experience new cuisines, and flying the flag for her very own abaya brand, Begsha Fashion.