Posted by Sarah Nossy on 28th March 2019.

Counter Culture Café is a super chilled, casual dining café located on the Ground Floor of the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites located in Dubai Marina.

This neighbourhood hub as they like to call themselves, has its own licensed bar complete with TV screens for sports viewing, a super long counter; one end having an ice cream bar, the middle section focusing on ready-to-go salad and sandwich options, fruits and cold pressed juice variations made and bottled daily in house. The other end features an open style kitchen.
There’s a large outdoor terrace with tables and lounges which serves up shisha and if you decide to come by car, they offer free valet service as well. Not to mention free WiFi if you need to get some work done or stay connected on social.

Their food menu has one page for food and one for drinks, easy to read and straight to the point. The chef tells me they change their menu quarterly to keep things fresh.
The waiter is so kind to inform me that they have a happy hour until 8pm so I order a glass of Merlot while I wait for my friend to join.

The staff at CCC are well informed when it comes to the menu and help us to decide while also taking note of our food intolerances.
For starters we shared the bbq buffalo chicken wings which come in a portion size of 8. They were the chunkiest wings I’d had the pleasure of devouring, and were served steaming hot tossed in BBQ sauce with a side of blue cheese dressing, which was not really required.

Not long after, our mains arrive. I ordered the miso blackened salmon which comes on a bed of white rice with sautéed pak choy and pickled ginger. This dish was that good, I pretty much inhaled it within a few minutes of it arriving to the table.
My friend has the chicken roulette which is stuffed with cheese and ham, on a bed of mashed potatoes with dollops of cranberry sauce on top. It's garnished with some seasoned squash and zucchini, and served with a lemon herb butter which isn't really needed.

Post dinner we want a sweet treat and decide to see which ice cream flavours they have, so we head over to the ice cream bar. A few grab my attention and they allow us try before we “buy” which is definitely a plus.
I end up ordering the marshmallow which is sweet and comes complete with pink and white fluff, mixed through the vanilla ice cream base and the dark chocolate ice cream which is less sweet, so balances the sweetness. I added pistachio and some extra chocolate balls as garnish. They serve Tchaba tea here and every hot drink also comes with a madeleine on the side.

In conclusion, I like Counter Culture Café’s no fuss approach to dining, the chilled vibe and the friendly staff that you can find at this neighbourhood hub in the heart of Dubai Marina.

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