How to eat your way around Truckers Summer Warehouse
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Time Out Dubai staff
Stuck in a summer rut already? Help is overwhelmingly at hand in the shape of the Truckers Summer Warehouse – an indoor food truck extravaganza currently taking place in Dubai for the first time ever. From the team behind the hugely popular Truckers DXB events, held throughout winter, this licensed hangout at Dubai World Trade Centre has street eats, pop-up bars and entertainment by the, erm, truck load.
Al Capone wings by Wingsters Dubai’s own mobster-themed “Buffalo wing specialist” is setting up shop in the Truckers Warehouse, bringing with it these fiery, garlicky numbers, named after the infamous Chicago gangster. If wings aren’t your thing, the team will also be serving up its Tommy Gun Burger, featuring marinated chicken breast in a crispy, Buffalo sauce-glazed batter, fresh lettuce, tomato and onion, a slice of American cheese and ranch sauce in a corn-dusted bun. Dhs40 each. wingstersuae.com.
Entry Dhs10, free for kids under 12. Open Wed-Sat 4pm-11pm. Until Sep 2. Hall 8, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.truckers.ae.
Bubble tea by Swag Truck The bubble tea trend may have swept Dubai more than half a decade ago, but this sweet, refreshing treat – part drink, part dessert – has made it clear it’s here to stay. Try this truck’s take on the tapioca pearl-studded beverage, and choose from a range of flavours and fruity popping boba. You could even use it to wash down a Swag Burger, comprised of a beef and chorizo patty, onion jam, smoked red cheddar, jalapeño, lettuce and tomato on a potato bun. Dhs25 (bubble tea), Dhs35 (burger). www.swagfoodtruck.com.
Cheeseburger by Clinton St. Baking Company You’ve probably heard all about New York import Clinton St.’s famed buttermilk fried chicken and waffles (which will be served up at the Warehouse this summer), but it’s worth branching out with this top-notch cheeseburger. A prime beef burger is topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and peppery chipotle mayo. Simple. Delicious. Classic. Dhs40 (burger), Dhs35 (chicken and waffles). clintonstreetbaking.ae.
Chorizo wrap by GObai This popular fusion food truck with Goan influence is keeping it funky throughout the season. Get involved by getting your teeth into this superb sandwich. Beef slow-cooked in a slightly spicy Goan-Portuguese marinade is wrapped in classic Indian paratha and topped with GObai’s classic slaw. Alternatively, try the pulled lamb vindaloo burger. Cooked in a medium-spicy vindaloo marinade, tender lamb is pulled and served on two potato buns topped with a slaw of cabbage, mango, pomegranate and fresh coriander. We drooled on our keyboard just writing that. See you in the queue. Dhs35 each. www.facebook.com/gobaifoodtruck.
Fig jam and walnut saj by Saj 2 Go This is, as far as we can tell, a fig roll with bells on. And there’s no need to raid your grandma’s biscuit tin to get your hands on one. Fresh saj is slathered with sticky fig jam, sprinkled with chopped walnuts and rolled up for a sweet (and healthy) Middle East-inspired treat. Craving savoury? The Palestinian chicken musakhan wrap is every bit as tasty. Dhs25 (fig), Dhs30 (chicken). www.saj2go.com.
Frings Original by Frings Wings, glorious wings, what more could you wish for? Well, if it’s a portion of fries you require to peak, look no further. The clue is in the portmanteau – Frings = fries and wings. Order a portion of five and get them smothered in your choice of Californian Sriracha honey, Louisiana mango, New Yorker Buffalo or Texas BBQ sauce. Dhs45. No contact.
Kunafeh ka’ak by Ka’ak Al Manara It’s a meeting of two regional favourites, and it might just become yours. Cheesy, buttery, syrupy kunafeh is wedged within a classic Levantine “handbag bread”. It’s sweet, savoury and seriously addictive. Not k-nuts about kunafeh? Try the Nutella and banana number instead. Dhs35. www.facebook.com/kaakalmanara.
Loaded chicken fries by Sir Loin & Sons We love a souped-up side, and that’s exactly what you’ll get with this dish from the meat-loving minds at Sir Loin & Sons. A tray of golden fries is smothered in Buffalo sauce-coated chicken that’s been slow-cooked for six hours, all topped with blue cheese mayo. Win. Dhs25. www.facebook.com/sirlointruck.
Pinzafied Margherita by Pinza Is it a pizza? Is it a flatbread? It looks like both, but is apparently neither. What we can tell you about this doughy delight is that its makers claim a carefully thought-out ratio of water to flour makes for a lighter base, which is then baked in a super-hot oven for just five minutes. This upgraded classic features fresh tomato sauce, topped with fresh, creamy burrata, cherry tomatoes and basil leaves. Dhs50. www.pinza.com.
Pulled beef burger by The Shebi It might take just a few bites and barely a minute to finish off this magnificent sandwich, but it takes a whopping eight hours in the smoker to make brisket this tasty. Served within a pillowy-soft potato bun, its adorned with pickles, slaw and Sriracha mayo. You’ll dribble it down your chin and probably drop bits into your lap, but goodness, it will be worth it. The grilled steak sandwich is also not to be sniffed at. Dhs45 (pulled beef), Dhs60 (steak). www.foodsters.co.
ARTE MARKET Complementing Truckers’ showcase of local food brands, ARTE, The Makers’ Market will pop up every Saturday, with 35 local artisans selling handmade creations ranging from jewellery to toys and skincare products.
Cooking classes From Saturday July 22, cooking studio Top Chef will host hour-long lessons for adults (from 8pm, Dhs150 per person) and kids aged six to 12 (from 5pm, Dhs85 per person). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Gaming night Every Wednesday, the Warehouse will be filled with free-to-play games. Powered by IGN Middle East, options span old-school arcades, consoles, collaborative games and state-of-the-art technology. There will also be a series of tournaments.
Ladies’ night Every Thursday, Dubai’s womenfolk can enjoy free entry to the Warehouse and two drinks for the price of one.