Street food shows no signs of losing its popularity here in Dubai. Places offering the kind of meals you see on shows such as Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives are popping up all over the city.
Most of the time, those venues are scrubbed up and given a bit of a polish so that they appear gentrified and are almost unrecognisable from the places that influenced them. Thankfully, though, DIFC’s new joint Bazxar – which pays homage to the street food vendors of New York City – is the real deal.
The funky space is split into different areas – the meat district, the wok station, Mediterranean and the dining room. Each has its own style and is represented by a section of the menu. The dining room isn’t quite ready on our visit (it is now) so we eat in the graffiti-inspired meat district, all metal pipes, communal benches and neon lighting.
As is now de rigueur, the menu is designed for sharing. The pricing is surprisingly competitive, especially for DIFC, and for less than Dhs400, we manage to sample a whole load of food.
Best of the bunch is the burger. The meat, juicy and with just the right amount of bite, sits on top of a portabello mushroom and the bun is stuffed with onion rings. And the A1 Sauce inside is so good you could turn it into a shirt and wear it to a club. The chicken bao is another hit, the crispy meat working brilliantly in the fluffy steamed bun. The mac ’n’ cheese balls are excellent, too, but the trash can nachos are a little dry. Nowhere near as exciting as the menu promised, but not terrible.
Still, a couple of near-misses from seven dishes isn’t a bad strike rate. And we’re looking forward to going back to try another seven.
The Bill (for two) 1x trash can nachos Dhs45 1x chicken bao Dhs38 1x black pepper beef Dhs58 1x potato skins Dhs35 1x popcorn shrimp Dhs45 1x fried mac 'n' cheese Dhs35 1x steakhouse burger Dhs70 1x large water Dhs20 Total (including DIFC tax) Dhs380.60 The Bottom Line A place for pals who don’t mind getting their hands (and faces) dirty on satisfying street food.