creekside

When I grew up, a creek was smaller than a stream, which was smaller than a river.  Creeks were something you could jump across, like a brook or a small tributary.  Not so with the Dubai Creek.  This creek, although not very long, is a body of water.  This creek carries cargo, transports people, and separates sections of this city.

Dubai Creek at Creekside

Dubai Creek at Creekside

The source of this saltwater creek is the Persian Gulf (Arabian Sea depending on which map you look at).  Barely nine miles in length, it separates Bur Dubai from Deira Dubai and has been dredged on several occasions for commercial vessels.  Four important bridges span its width, and it hides a tunnel underneath for traffic near its mouth.

Part way up the creek is a gem of a restaurant not easily found unless you are in-the-know or you stumble across it.  Opened in 2014, its name Creekside is quite appropriate.  About half of the tables are inside, the rest along the creek in front of the docking area for water taxies who haven’t yet gone on the clock.

homemade granola and yogurt -- a must try.

homemade granola and thick creamy yogurt — a must try.

Fortunately my second visit here has been during the ideal winter weather months.  Not long from now, sitting outside in this city will feel not much different from sitting in a sauna.

The other day, the morning after our long flight from Shanghai, my associate and I stopped for breakfast after our morning walk.  We found the place by accident during our prior trip several months ago. The lunch and dinner menu sounds deli, but breakfast is dynamite.  He had the eggs Benedict this time while I had the homemade granola with yogurt.  I’m no food critic, but the granola with thick creamy yogurt was one of the best I’ve ever tasted.  And the coffee was delicious, flavorful and strong.  The last visit I had the Arabic coffee french toast which was so good I was tempted to order both dishes.

a late breakfast we had the place to ourselves

a late breakfast we had the place to ourselves

One thing for certain, when I’m in Dubai during the not-so-terribly-hot months, I’ll make it a point to enjoy a relaxing, picturesque, and scrumptious breakfast at Creekside.

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map view of Dubai Creek

water taxis waiting their shift

water taxis waiting their shift

menu

just around the corner from the Dubai Museum

just around the corner from the Dubai Museum

being the creekside souk

being the creekside souk

along side creekside souvenir shopping

along side creekside souvenir shopping

a view from the creek

a view from the creek