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There’s been a food revolution on the streets of Dubai. Thanks to mobile kitchens, the city’s budding chefs are cooking up a storm curbside, catering to a full spectrum of tastes. We take to the streets to see what’s cooking inside Dubai’s veritable fleet of food trucks.
This now-iconic silver retro truck serves up some seriously gourmet burgers. After a year of traversing the city’s hotspots, Salt has found itself a permanent spot beside Kite Beach, providing seating beside the Jumeirah Corniche and overlooking the beach. It’s made going out for a burger a real treat – making residents feel like tourists, and tourists feel like residents in the know. While the 2oz wagyu beef burger with hook salt, melted cheese topped with fiery jalapeno slices is the house favourite, Salt also introduces a limited-edition menu every summer with the aim of bringing something new to its patrons.
Kite Beach, Jumeirah
+971 55 996 5802
This Dubai food truck park gets its name from its original location: on the last exit before driving out of Dubai toward Abu Dhabi on Sheikh Zayed Road. After launching as a roaring success, the initiative has now spread, with four locations in total – Jebel Ali North and South, Al Khawaneej and Al Qudra. Whether you’re stopping off the highway for some good takeaway eats or heading to Last Exit for a retro night out, this one-stop shop has a selection of burger joints, taco stands and Arabic street food – with vendors including Clinton Street Baking Company, Burger Pit and Poco Loco.
Various locations including Jebel Ali North, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 317 3999
Dig into a fiesta of street-style dishes from the food truck extension of one of Dubai’s favourite home-grown casual dining concepts. With an emphasis on fresh produce, this Mex-to-go truck specialises in favourites from south of the border. More authentic than your standard Tex-Mex, hungry diners will find seven different base options, from the classic burrito and soft and crispy tacos, to the less carb-heavy burrito box and ‘mucha lucha salad’. Add your choice of protein, fillings, cheese, sauces and extras and the friendly amigos will whip it up for you, all made to order.
+971 4 352 5210
Bringing the flavours of India’s southern state of Goa to the streets of Dubai (GO + bai = GObai. Get it?), expect a variety of curries and inventive burgers, all served up in either a taco or paratha. We love the beef chorizo slider: tender cooked meat marinated in Goan flavours, placed in some pao (Goan bread) – delicious. GObai is also supportive of Dubai’s junior sporting leagues, appearing regularly at weekend sporting competition to replenish the city’s littlest athletes and their families.
+971 56 758 7729
Taking its inspiration from LA’s Mexican food culture by way of Hollywood, expect tacos (of course), nachos, burritos and quesadillas, all smothered in cheese. You can’t beat the California burrito – a flour tortilla, with Monterey Jack cheese, cheddar cheese, pico de gallo guacamole with a chicken, beef or vegetarian filling – served with more-American-than-Mexican fries.
+971 55 171 5712
With a more modern interpretation of what food truck cuisine could be, you could say that Ghaf Kitchen specialises in ‘posh nosh’ with the likes of its signature Ghaf prawn cocktail and fish finger sandwich topping the menu. The vintage van is also a favourite for catering private events and fancy Dubai dos’ – a testament to the quality the Ghaf Kitchen team puts out. Even the hot dogs have an upmarket twist – the beef hot dog comes with avocado, and although it’s messy, we love the option of mussels and chips. But then again, the shrimp burger with smoky chilli salsa is delicious too.
+971 4 443 0355
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