With an 80% ex-pat community, the international brunch scene is booming in Dubai. Tom Arnel and Serg Lopez – the brunch power duo behind the must visit Tom and Serg  – have added The Sum Of Us to their cool brand.

The Sum Of Us takes the concept of their more famous café to a new level.  “We thought let’s do a coffee roastery, because we’ve got great people in coffee, let’s do a bakery because we’ve got great people in bakery, so that’s why it’s called The Sum of Us”.

The location

Located around the back of Sheikh Zayed Road’s furthest stretch of hotels, this spot is pretty urban.

It fills a much needed gap in the lack of good brunch and dinner spots in this busy area.

The crowd

When we visited for dinner, it was a mix of locals, international tourists and ex -pats.

The space

The café is large with a spacious eating area spread over two floors, plus some outside seating in the shade.

Think industrial vibes with high ceilings, stripped back bricks, light wood and metal tins with cutlery on the tables.

There’s also a take away and the on site Rise and Dawn bakery (with a window through which you can watch the bakers at work). Plus, a central bar with pastries and fruit and veg infused water on display.  At the entrance is a boutique florist which fits in perfectly with the abundant hanging plants.

The little things that make the difference…

The straws are made from corn and advertise the fact that they are not plastic. They are 100% biodegradable and compostable. The casual vibe and friendly staff.

The fresh juice test

They have a choice of four smoothies and three detox juices. We chose the Forever Cleanse juice – a orange, carrot, turmeric, sweet potato and lemon mix. It was crisp, refreshing and delicious. You couldn’t taste the sweet potato due to the lemon, but it was good to know it was in there.

We also tried a house made rose and peach iced tea which was very pretty and tasted good too.

What we ate

As we visited for dinner, we just missed out on choosing from their breakfast menu which finishes at 5 pm.

It features a fab choice including açai bowls, toasts and chai pudding.

We ordered the Tsou Bowl a combo of cauliflower, sweet potato pickle, black rice, spinach, marinated feta, pumpkin seed, freekah, beetroot hummus and za’atar. It tasted good and was very filling. Plus, we chose the less filling, but tasty Kale and Avocado bowl. It was spiced up with smoked almond, fennel, cherry tomato, feta, black sesame and a yoghurt dressing. There’s also lots of options for meat eaters.

What we’d go back for…

The breakfast menu and vibe.

The bill

Detox juice  AED31
Iced tea  AED27
Tsou bowl  AED54
Kale and avocado bowl  AED62












The Sum of Us

Ground Floor. Burj al Salam
Trade Centre – 6th Street
Sheikh Zayed Road
Trade Centre Area

+971 56 445 7526
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