Restaurant Review:

Dubai Mall, Downtown

Istanbul is a city that we absolutely adore and often fondly recall memories of our trips to the warm and welcoming, traditional yet contemporary metropolis! Thus, we were delighted to hear about the opening of Divan Patisserie, a Turkish institution of sorts that brings its brand of desserts, elegance and hospitality to Dubai. We recently attended a tasting at the sparkling new restaurant and here’s how it went!

As you step into Divan, you’ll feel like Charlie Bucket when he enters Willy Wonka’s wonderful chocolate factory. Albeit not as vast as the factory we’ve grown up fantasizing about, Divan at The Dubai Mall is a bright, lavish space that is stocked with an exquisite assortment of chocolates, macarons, Turkish delights, cakes, cookies, savory treats, a tea and coffee station and a floor to ceiling wall that is covered in thick chocolate flowing from the top to the milk and dark chocolate taps! Before we move onto anything else, we must speak about this beautiful section which is an enchanting sight for chocolate lovers! The amicable Manager at Divan allowed us to stand at this very wall and dip our pick of fruits under the milk and dark chocolate taps and this activity had us smiling from ear to ear! Just thinking about it now makes us want to go back and indulge without a care in the world.
Moving on, we tried a variety of sweetmeats and some of our favorites from our tasting were the following:

  • Rose & Chocolate Macarons
  • Turkish Delights especially the chocolate covered, rose lemon, strawberry ones
  • Cherry cookies
  • Biscotti
  • Shortbread cookies

  • Honey
  • Caramel
  • Cassis
  • Hazelnut
  • Butter Praline

We paired these sweets with some medium strength Turkish coffee and Turkish tea that was brought to us in goblets reminiscent of those you are served in Turkey.
Divan Patisserie stays true to its values of luxury and richness and brings some excellent flavors from Istanbul to Dubai. Right from the hospitality and delicacies on offer to the gift trays and boxes and even the tiered platters you are served in; opulence abounds! Sitting against a backdrop of photos of the Hagia Sophia, Taksim Square and other prominent places in Istanbul, we thoroughly enjoyed feasting on the lush desserts at Divan and remembering the inimitability of Turkey.  Since 1956, Divan has been impressing one and all, within Turkey and abroad, with its gourmet fripperies and more and now, we UAE residents can rejoice for Dubai has its very own Divan Patisserie too!