Goodies Cafe is a little hidden gem in the heart of the capital Abudhabi. After their recent
opening, I have received so many recommendations from friends and even Instagram followers to check
out the place. So made a plan to dedicate one day to check out the place for breakfast and then go
hang out with friends to burn some calories, then come back again for lunch.
The food was so good, authentic, fresh and had this homemade feel. As I’ve been informed, the owner
actually cooks and learned from her mother. In addition I was amazed by the unique
elements and the specials in the menu which were not mentioned , such as the cheese in
the kunafa as it is actually their own special in house-made cheese. So decided to interview the owner of
“Goodies” to tell us more about the place. All in all, have visited the place several time and all I can say absolutely beautiful food! with homemade touch & my New favorite spot in Abu Dhabi.
My Experience & Recommendation:
1- Karak chai haleeb of course is a must, they serve it along with a roti cake as a complimentary,
Important tip: dip the roti in the karak and enjoy the combination.
2- Goodies eggs on a pan: perfect choice early in the morning served with nice Afghani bread basket,
this dish made me forget my feminine manners at home and started to eat with both hands.
3- Goodies Pancakes : Sauce * honey , banana chunks & Kinder: no kidding I consider Goodies pancakes one of the best pancakes fluffy chewy & gooey .They were really the best part of the meal.[FAV]
4- French Toast: The bread was soft and the batter was delicious it had this good homemade flavor and it was a good idea when we asked that we want it to be topped with nutella. [FAV]
Truffle double Cheese Burger: Classy and tasted so fresh and my first experience with burgers flavored with truffle , recommended for those who want to try something new.
Truffle Fries : The name says it all.
Burrata Pizza / French Fries Pizza: Creative & Yum!
Caviar Pizza : Mama mia the name says it all and the pictures below are self-explanatory.
Goodies Special Afghani Pasta: Amazing amazing amazing !, it totally changed my concept of Pasta!! and it’s made with
Kabuli Palow / Afghani Rice with Lamb Kofta: Highly recommended, the mixed lamb was splendid, juicy chunks of tender lamb kofta that is mouthwatering yet tangy and it went so well with rice. [FAV]
Mantu: One of the authentic Afghani dishes I didn’t have the chance but heard good reviews about and will try it soon. Plus it is one of the owner Goodies favorites.
Kunafa topped with their hand made fresh milk ice cream: Fresh and yummy the cheese is made in-house [FAV]
Goody’s chocolate Fondant: Served warm & this is made for every chocolate lover.
Rice Pudding: Authentic and yummy [FAV]
Banofee Pie: Perfect combination for banana lovers
Bread & Butter Pudding : I died and went to food heaven! [FAV]
Strawberry Rose Mojito
Coconut water with passion fruit and orange: Never tried it and I’m so curios to try it out the next time I visit the place.
Crepe Cake: The day before I visited the place I called the owner and asked the owner if one day she can bake for me a crepe cake and there we are she surprised me with it 😉
My Interview with the Owner “Goodies”
1- Can you please tell us a little about yourself & about your nickname Goodies ?
I’m 25 years old girl graduated in business administration from ADU , my nickname actually since I’m a kid was goodi, my mother used to call me that because I was cute as a doll. As Goodi is considered as a doll then , throughout my life all my friends and family got use to calling me by goodi
2 -What gave you the idea of Goodies Pizza Cafe & tell us more about the special & unique elements of your creations in your menu ?
I love cooking at the same time I love sports too, I was going to open my own boxing gym in Abu Dhabi but unfortunately it didn’t happen due to some reasons. Then I thought that I have great ideas as recipes, as I also cook a lot for my friends and family. Everyone motivated me to open a restaurant, I love creating my own recipes so I can be unique than others I have created recipes like fresh chocolate pizza which has a chocolate base dough with a mix of three chocolates which are dark ,milk and white chocolate. Another will be also my pizzas which is the fig and strawberry pizza and also my kunafa which is my own cheese mix and its quite different from all the kunafas in the market.
3- Tell us more about the challenges you have faced while setting up Goodies Cafe & being a cafe owner ?
I had a lot of issues with my contractor due to him not completing my restaurant on time and different technical problems as well. Finding the chefs is also not an easy job I had to do most of the things myself and I still am, the challenge is if you’re an owner of a restaurant and if you want to be successful you need to reach your customers services as fast as you can and fullfill their satisfaction
4- What is your favorite item from the menu and what do you mostly recommend from your menu ? you have to pick 1 😉 ?
My favorite item is mantu which is meat dumplings and on the side yogurt .The reason for that is it’s hard to get the right recipe and which we have and its done all fresh from the meat to the dough and then steamed . So it’s really unique & it’s my favorite dish actually since I’m a kid.
5- Any future plans for the cafe ?
I want my next restaurant to be open in Dubai but first I need to be ready for that as I want to do an well-organized restaurant with good services and fresh food