A famed Amsterdam restaurant is due to open in Dubai later this year.
Taiko comes from executive chef and founder Schilo van Coevorden. The Dubai Taiko will be the first international outpost for the restaurant, and the first time the Dutch chef has had a restaurant in the Middle East, although van Coevorden worked in Dubai more than 20 years ago.
“I am thrilled to be opening Taiko in Dubai,” said van Coevorden. “During my time spent in Dubai previously, a Bedouin told me an old saying, 'If you eat the head of the helwayoo (a local fish), you will always return back to Dubai'. After more than 20 years, I’m excited to be returning to a city that has played such an important part in my career.”
The restaurant promises Asian cuisine, with the team stating it is “inspired by the flavours and textures of the Far East, varying from delicate to dramatic but always surprising and original”.
The restaurant will use local produce and regional spices where possible, with dishes including wagyu biryani and watermelon sashimi.
There will also be a mixed drinks menu, with a bar snacks list of sushi, sashimi, dim sum and TFC – Taiko fried chicken.
Décor is set to be dark, moody and sleek and we’re promised a lively ambiance with live DJs and drum performances.
Watch this space.
Opening September 2020. www.sofitel-dubai-wafi.com.