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London Dairy Café’s New Head of Culinary extends fine-dining experience to fast-casual concept

Dubai, UAE:  London Dairy Café (LDC) has appointed Chef Omar Basiony to head its ambitious and ever-evolving culinary department.  A big part of his new role will be innovation, research and development to establish LDC as a power player in the casual dining category. He will also be responsible for ensuring overall quality and consistency throughout the brands’ multiple outlets.

With his history of working at fine-dining institutions, the move to all-day dining may seem surprising but was driven by Chef Omar’s ambition to make great quality food accessible as well as scalable. When presented with the opportunity to drive the creative development in the culinary department of the local café chain, he liked the idea of working at a café that has multiple outlets and yet still creates everything in-house with a strong emphasis on quality and attention to detail. 

Building on his global culinary travel experiences and passion for great food, Chef Omar will be spearheading new projects and will continue to elevate LDC’s diverse selection of familiar food favourites.  Having only been on board for a couple of weeks, Chef Omar is already bursting with ideas to add to the menu and has kickstarted with the recently launched Tuscan Olive Oil cake. He is also planning to introduce a couple of breakfast dishes to add to LDC’s incredible breakfast selection.

“What’s great about starting with London Dairy Café is the balance between scalability and attention to detail.  It’s pretty unique to have an F&B space that does everything in-house, starting with our own sourdough, hand rolled pasta, and extending to the entire deli range which is made fresh daily,” Chef Omar says.  He added, “Fine dining is amazing and of course that’s up my alley, however I share LDC’s vision of making great quality food accessible for the vast majority of people and on a more regular basis.”

General Manager of Operations, Florencia Beschedt, commented on the new appointment saying, “I am thrilled to be working again with Chef Omar, a former colleague at Zuma Dubai.  It goes without saying that Chef Omar’s international experience with seriously talented chefs will take London Dairy Café to the next level.”

Basiony worked at notable restaurants in Dubai such as La Serre, Zuma, Park Hyatt, and most recently Flamingo Room in Jumeirah Al Naseem prior to the new position at LDC.  He has refined his culinary techniques at Michelin-starred restaurants in the US before making his way back to the Middle East.


London Dairy Café outlets details:

  • Aspin Commercial Tower, SZR (Tel: 04 352 5473)
    • Weekdays – 7am to 11pm; Weekends – 8am to 11pm
  • DIFC Gate Building 4  (Tel: 04 362 2222)
    • Open daily – 8am to 8pm
  • Business Central Towers, Dubai Media City (Tel: 04 395 1715)
    • Open daily – 8am to 8pm
  • La Mer North (Tel: 04 349 4584)
    • Open daily – 9am to 10pm
  • Springs Souk (Tel: 04 426 9968)
    • Open daily – 8am to 11pm
  • Mira Town Centre, Reem Community Al Qudra (Tel: 04 321 0887)
    • Open daily – 8am to 8pm
  • Ibn Battuta Mall, Persia Court (Tel: 04 441 4593)
    • Open daily – 10am to 10pm
  • Dubai Mall
    • Open daily 10am – 10pm
  • Al Qasba Sharjah
    • Open daily 9am – 10pm

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About London Dairy Café

London Dairy Café is an award-winning café experience that is inspired by its internationally loved sister brand London Dairy premium ice cream.

By offering guests warm service, quality ingredients, impressive value for money and a passion for craft that is unparalleled in today’s mainstream, London Dairy Café takes great pride in elevating specialty coffee alongside a diverse selection of familiar food favourites for those who savour excellence.

© Press Release 2020

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