Asian News International
Over the years, Dubai has attracted globally-renowned restaurant brands and celebrity chefs. The country has also evolved in its taste and style of food, which is reflected in the recently held Dubai Food Festival (DFF), an annual citywide culinary celebration that shines a spotlight on the range of cuisines available throughout the city.
From the most elite dining experiences to eateries off the beaten track, the Dubai Food Festival 2018 highlighted the Dubai Restaurant Week, Beach Canteen, Taste of Dubai and an impressive variety of places to dine.
Here are some of the best picks:
The Etisalat Beach Canteen: A sunset beach transformed into a culinary hotspot, this venue showcases the best cooking that Dubai has to offer. From homegrown food trucks to restaurants and cafes, visitors are in for a treat at this one-of-a-kind event. Offering sample dishes from around the world, from street food to authentic Emirati-inspired meals, The Beach Canteen is not all about food. It offers a packed entertainment line-up for everyone, from fitness classes and markets to live music and family-friendly activities.
Dubai’s Hidden Gems: The city took a poll to choose their favourite offbeat restaurants from a list of 35 hidden gems in old and new Dubai. As per the choices, top 10 venues offered diners a one-time meal for Dh25 for the duration of DFF. Amongst a few to join the league were seafood joint Fish Hut at Oud Metha, known for its butterfly prawns in garlic sauce; followed by JLT’s fusion cafe The Place, and Sri Lankan joint Ayubowan. The list also added Goan Grub Shack at Umm Hurair and Emirati tea cafe Chai and Co at Al Warqa.
Dubai Restaurant Week: As part of Dubai Restaurant Week during DFF, exclusive three-course menus at 15 of the city’s most sought-after restaurants were the main highlight. It included fare from Peruvian LIMA Dubai, Folly by Nick & Scott and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen.
Food options from Global Village: A carnival-like destination, the Global Village is amongst the most popular attractions and a hit with foodies. The Global village let you shop and watch cultural performances, and savour food from across the globe. Each pavilion represents a country and is elaborately decorated and designed according to the culture, heritage and food of that particular place.