One the first things that I noticed in Abu Dhabi is the numerous coffee shops/ fancy cafes inside and outside the malls. This is indicative of the lifestyle and interests that people who come and go might have and have had. This is quite practical especially there are many expatriates around and the safest stuff to offer are coffee/frap, pastries and the like, menus tailored to cater persian, asian, british taste and whatever need will soon be identified.
With this set-up, a business enthusiast would have to come up with something to be different. There has to be some gimmicks and strategies to establish peculiarity. So far, aside from Havana Cafe’s seemingly interesting location in Marina coast (which I haven’t visited yet, just always gets my attention whenever I pass by), the most interesting fancy cafe I have seen so far was the floating slash elevated one in Marina Mall.
Colombiano and X-press Cafe are side by side situated in one place at the ground level, elevated and extending up to the second level’s height. So when I opted to dine here, in X-press Cafe in particular because I like the donuts-like seats, I aimed (and luckily got it!) to be seated at the upper level. This is not always available as obviously almost every diner would want to experience being on top of the world (so to speak, just to get the feeling of being on top).
The structure connotes an expensive offering, but the food are actually reasonably priced. The food is good but nothing so extravagant and different from the other fancy cafes and coffee shops that I have been to. The ambience matters and they succeeded in making a difference in this sense. The splashing and running of the waters are refreshing also, to add to the colorful design of tiles and seats. Perfect for cozy talks.