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Food & Drink

Top food trends to try in Dubai

Tue, October 5, 2021

From molecular gastronomy to plant-based menus, Dubai's gastronomic scene always stays in step with international crazes.

From molecular gastronomy to plant-based menus, Dubai's gastronomic scene always stays in step with international crazes.


Supper club sessions

Discerning diners are increasingly on the lookout for intimate culinary experiences, seeking out supper clubs that often take place in the host's house. Insider status is secured the moment you book, as these pop-ups usually stay under the radar with only a select few knowing how to confirm a seat via social media. Whether you're after The Curry Bureau's Indian coastal cuisine, Haya's Kitchen's Palestinian feasts, Spanish-accented menus curated by Tano's at 8, Moreish by K's Pakistani plates, or Gigi's Nicaraguan delicacies, there's a table ready in Dubai to satiate your craving.

Show up for a theatrical dinner

La Casa del Tango

What could be better than a sumptuous dinner at one of Dubai's best restaurants? Adding in the extra draw of a spectacular show. Some spots are specifically designed to display a theatrical on-stage performance like Billionaire Dubai and La Casa del Tango in Downtown Dubai or Guy Manoukian's The Theater on Sheikh Zayed Road. Other spaces have added in an entertainment element to existing restaurants like sky-high Canadian import Weslodge Saloon at JW Marriott Marquis, Taikun at Vida Downtown, and Play Restaurant & Lounge on the 36th floor of The H Hotel.


Molecular gastronomy

Chef Himanshu Saini's Tresind Studio has firmly established itself as a foodie favourite, serving up Indian-accented dishes in a fine dining setting that keeps diners coming back for more. Fans of molecular gastronomy however will be wowed by the intricate plating, bold colours, billows of smoke, bubbling concoctions and curious 'coffee stones'. Regulars are always on the lookout for his limited edition, 'four-hand' collaborative feasts cooked up with renowned names. Keep your cameras ready for Instagram-worthy culinary reveals.

More greens, please


Many may eschew meat during Veganuary, but plant-based diets are now a permanent fixture for a multitude of diners. It's picking up such momentum that restaurants are having to officially tweak their offerings or add special standalone menus. Dubai's eateries have been quickly adopting new green-friendly recipes, while dedicated vegetarian and vegan spots like SEVA Experience, Folia, Bounty Beets and Comptoir 102 continue to serve up delicious meat-free feasts, packed full of flavour.


Tsunami cakes

Food trends and where to eat them
Cronuts and molten cakes, move over, there's a brand new dessert that's gathering column inches this season. The tsunami or pull-me-up cake sees a cascade of creamy frosting or chocolate ganache spill over the pudding once its cylinder-like wrap is whipped off. The hit local cafe Parker's is showcasing three different flavours to try. An original milk cake with vanilla ice cream and a wave of dulce du leche sauce, a chocolate-covered brownie version, and a decadent Lotus delight for caramel lovers. Pretty-as-a-picture Saya Cafe, which has branches in City Walk and Nakheel Mall has also jumped on the trend to offer a cascading pistachio milk cake version.

Burger bonanza

She Burger

It may have started with Nusret Gökçe serving up glorious patties and buns – including some with gold leaf – at Salt Bae, but Dubai's appetite for burgers has resulted in a multitude of new spots mushrooming up across the city. From Twice in Al Safa which specialises in wagyu beef smash burgers, to Asian-flavoured Ugly Burger and Emirati-owned She Burger, there's something for every taste. Other additions include celebrity chef Burak Özdemir's CZN Burak Burger, Dubai Design District's trendy G.O.A.T. eatery, and new High Joint branches to cater to a growing legion of fans.


Charcoal bites

Charcoal may not necessarily be the ingredient you think of when whipping up a treat but pastry chefs are going all-out to incorporate black hues into Insta-friendly desserts around town. You'll usually find it paired with citrus lemon flavours in refreshing drinks but Dubai hotspots are also leading the way with other creative offerings – for example, Jumeirah ice cream parlour Scoopi makes its activated charcoal ice cream with liquid nitrogen and serves it in charcoal-infused black waffle cones.

Fabulous food halls

Diners looking for elevated offerings, premium ingredients and artisanal fare – with the added bonus of fast service, casual seating and lots of choice – are flocking to gourmet food halls popping up across the city. Upscale spaces like Depachika at Nakheel Mall have been joined by the lunchtime favourites Downtown Kitchens and South Market Food Hall so discerning diners can try homegrown and boutique culinary concepts all under one roof.

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