Can anything on the foodie scene really claim to be “original” anymore? Short of fusing TexMex and French, we’ve pretty much got every box ticked here in Dubai. And then along comes Parker’s, the emirate’s coolest pop-up, built on a totally organic and unique concept.
So what’s the deal? It started with a little game of hide and seek, in which social media savvy foodies sought out golden keys in secret locations around town. No key, no entry. Even then, exact details were not divulged, steering you back to Instagram and SnapChat to discover exactly where and when you should head with your new lucky charm.
Eventually, Dubai had to cotton on, and you’d have to have been hiding under a McDonald’s-shaped rock to not have heard about the thriving business now being done in Al Khazzan Park every night of the week.
The menu is compact. Vegetarians can tuck into a quinoa beetroot salad, rich in taste and substantial enough to stand toe-to-toe with the signature starter of fried mac ’n’ cheese balls. Servings of these utterly glorious dumplings come in threes, so be prepared to fight for the final one if dining in pairs. The light salsa accompaniment is about as a perfect a dip as we’ve had.
There are five mains, sliders – two chicken and one each of veggie, beef and seafood – priced between Dhs18 and Dhs29. An inventive quinoa patty provides some healthy competition.
Potato comes three ways: zaatar crisps, Street (coated with chilli lime sauce), and Buttons – stacked precariously high and served slathered with Cajun sauce and a healthy dollop of gooey cheese.
To drink, more than one of the Dhs20 concoctions would probably account for your sugar quota (and drinks budget) for the week. But we will say this: it’s original.
The Bill (for two) 1x mac 'n' cheese Dhs18 1x crunchy chicken Dhs18 2x shrimp roll Dhs58 1x street fries Dhs22 1x truffle fries Dhs29 1x quinoa slider Dhs20
The bottom line Refreshingly unique new entry to the foodie scene.