Where to Spend Your ‘Cheat Day’ in Dubai

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Choosing one day of the week where you allow yourself to eat whatever you want (a.k.a. your ‘cheat day’) can often feel like a magical rainbow at the end of a dark and dreary calorie counting tunnel. Although we promote healthy living here at Savoir Flair, there are moments when indulging in a few extra treats can feel like a necessary way to reward oneself for that Flywheel class well done. Below, we’ve rounded up the most decadent breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes in Dubai. And if you do decide to go all out this weekend, here’s an article about why leggings are back in style. Wink wink.

Breakfast
The Cheat: Nutella french toast
Where: Home Bakery
Why: This fluffy french toast dish is not only drenched in Nutella, it’s topped with crunchy cornflakes as well. Expect a sweet crunch in every bite.

The Cheat: Brownie pancakes
Where: Cocoa Room Dubai
Why: Because chocolate brownie pancakes with milk chocolate sauce are a totally acceptable weekend breakfast option, right?

The Cheat: Curry donuts
Where: Yamanote Atelier
Why: Not for the faint of heart, this deep-fried butter roll donut is filled with minced beef and curry, making it crispy on the outside and mouthwateringly savory on the inside.

Lunch
The Cheat: Lobster and truffle pizza
Where: 3rd Avenue Café
Why: With cherry tomatoes from Sicily and lobster from France, this AED459 pizza is the ultimate in decadent Italian goodness.

The Cheat: Cheddarshack
Where: Shake Shack
Why: What could be better than a burger topped with double hickory smoked veal strips, spicy chopped cherry peppers, and Shake Shack’s signature sauce?

The Cheat: Sweet potato poutine
Where: Mapleleaf Dubai
Why: Take your sweet potato fries to the next level with Mapleleaf’s cheddar cheese and gravy toppings — it’s a match made in french fry heaven.

Dinner
The Cheat: Smoked Box burger
Where: Slider Station
Why: Try this bacon-crusted beef patty with white cheddar, aioli, pickles, and — wait for it — a smoked cheddar bun.

The Cheat: Poached pizza dough gnocchi
Where: Pi. Dubai
Why: You’ll have no regrets after chowing down on a dish of these tiny pillows of pizza dough filled with parmesan cream.

The Cheat: Southern fried chicken
Where: Claw
Why: For the crispiest, most delicious fried chicken in town, head to this neon-clad BBQ joint for an all-out cheat day feast.

Dessert
The Cheat: Ice-cream donut sandwich
Where: Jam Bar
Why: Pastry chef Elizabeth Stevenson-Hocks deserves the noble peace prize for her ice-cream sandwich made of a custard-filled donut stuffed to the brim with an ice cream of your choosing.

The Cheat: Belgian dark chocolate gelato
Where: Godiva Chocolate Cafe
Why: Head to Dubai’s The Beach complex for a scoop of Godiva chocolate gelato served in a waffle cone with praline almonds.

The Cheat: S’mores pizza
Where: Catch
Why: Chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers, oh my.

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