Baker & Spice started as a concept in London in 1995 by Yael Mejia. It was set up as an artisan food shop making everything in their kitchens.
Yael went to market everyday and shopped seasonally, while a team of 25 dedicated bakers and chefs proceeded to turn these wonderful ingredients into lavishly presented sensational food.
Yael and her team deconstructed classic recipes and put them together again in their purest form sans the frills and excesses of modern cooking. No short cuts, no rounding off corners.
The dedication to quality coupled with a unique style of presenting the food made the tiny establishment an iconic food shop in London.
The B&S spirit arrived in the UAE, when Baker & Spice Dubai opened in January 2009. Located in the Souk Al Bahar, it is a large dining and retail space, including a terrace overlooking the Dubai Fountain at the base of the Burj Khalifa. The restaurant can seat 150 diners and offers a breakfast, lunch, dinner and retail menu.
Since the launch of the first shop in London, B&S has operated as an ethical business – long before the term was coined – and been committed to supporting local and organic farmers. The philosophy remains active, alive and well in Dubai, as the team strives to source locally – always seeking to minimize our carbon footprint. We have made a conscious decision to work with what is grown here rather than hanker for European, American or Australian fresh produce, which is flown to the UAE on a daily basis. We have discovered that the region, which has spawned the first human settlements and agriculture, offers an infinite variety and excitement and lots of locally grown surprises.
Know Your Food
Micro leaves Micro leaves are a relatively new phenomenon in culinary terms in western kitchens. Whereas East Asia have always known the value and beauty of these tiny first leaves a plant shoots off the ground when a seed first germinates.
These first leaves do not even look like the plant’s next set of leaves, which are the true leaves. These first leaves pack a huge punch nutritionally, delivering the plant’s good wishes for a strong and healthy plant future. What do we always say about good things coming in small packages? Our current selection includes bull’s blood, pak choi, red chard and basil, but as with everything else in B&S Dubai this is a moving feast, so watch this space for new and exciting additions.