Dubai prides itself on being first, biggest and best. We measure our appetites against the city’s edible equivalents of these extremes.
Superlatives are like currency in Dubai, especially in the increasingly competitive dining scene; from ambitious creations such as the world’s tallest tower, to endless gluttony-inducing all-you-can-eat deals. Over a kilogram of burger? Why not. Gold dust on a dumpling? Done. With Dubai’s love of pushing the edible boundaries, we decided to test some of the city’s most extreme dishes, looking for the longest, tallest, heaviest options we could find. From a fine dining Burj Khalifa of thali, to a metre long expanse of cheese-covered dough in a pizza delivery box, we threw moderation out the window.
The Biggest Burger
At 1.2kg, the RTJ cheeseburger (named after Al Badia Golf Club architect Robert Trent Jones II) is a monster. Its meaty make up is 50 percent Australian beef sirloin, 25 percent Australian angus beef brisket and 25 percent Australian Livingstone wagyu beef chuck. After placing my order, anticipation turns increasingly to anxiety with every passing minute during the half-hour wait.
Comprised of two large patties, each at least the size of a Frisbee, layered with melted cheddar and sandwiched between an enormous sesame-topped bun, the RTJ is embarrassingly big. Sliced, pizza-style, into eight pieces (one for each of the people this dish could easily satiate), juices ooze everywhere as I lift my first helping, and grease dribbles down my chin. Despite its novelty size, it’s still tasty, tender and well-seasoned. Towards the end of my second slice, however, now 400g in (not including the bread, cheese and mayonnaise-soaked pickle), the unchanging flavours do little for my motivation. I begin experimenting with the vast array of condiments in front of me, dabbling in confusing international combinations such as sweet chilli sauce and English mustard to get through each bite.
In the end, with three pieces down, an aching belly and a glazed expression, I resign myself to defeat and the onset of a heavy food coma. With the bill paid, I waddle off to the car park, a takeaway box under each arm.
Food challenger Holly Sands: FAILED
Dhs285. Spikes, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Extreme rating: +5