‘Mobile’ is the buzz word for this week’s dining, from food trucks through to the gypsies of Andalusia in Spain.
A thirst for gourmet street food and food trucks has been sweeping the globe for sometime, but it is now picking up speed in Dubai. Brand new to the scene is Salt, a truck that serves up burgers both in our own emirate and in the capital. At the time of writing, its last location was Kite Beach in Dubai, but there is a twist to this tale. Just like something out of recent food film The Chef – where the #ElJefe food truck rocked up at different places, disclosed via social media – you’ll only find Salt’s location by following #findsalt on Twitter and Instagram.
If you like your pop-up experiences to be a little less last-minute, you can head to Deus Café – a recently launched pop-up run by food truck concept Ghaf Kitchen at Capital D Studio in Al Quoz (in collaboration with customised motorcycle concept Deus ex Machina). Open from Sunday to Thursday, Ghaf Kitchen serves all-day breakfasts, Vietnamese-style salads, roast beef and more.
It seems Sofitel Downtown Dubai has heard the call of this new trend too, since the hotel’s new Friday brunch experience has a street food feeling to it. Taking place al fresco (and in view of the Burj Khalifa), at Mosaic Pool & Lounge, food at the event is served from a series of food stalls, in the style of a street market.
From nomadic chefs to the nomads of southern Spain, Andalusian culture is also taking over Dubai this week. Innovative Spanish restaurant El Sur has announced that its weekly ‘gastronomic Mondays’ will take on an Andalusian tone. The new Monday night degustation menu will focus on the flavours of this southern Spanish region. Dishes devised by chef Juan Carlos Gonzales include Cordoba-style chilled tomato soup, Malaga-inspired salad of cod fish, orange and potato and Seville beef oxtail with boletus (wild mushroom) ravioli.
Even pan-Asian hot spot Karma Kafé is taking an Andalusian turn this week with the addition of live music nights. Cousins Mario and George (of the Reyes family that makes up most of Andulsian-inspired band The Gipsy Kings) will be performing the group’s hits (‘Bamboleo’, ‘Volare’ and ‘Jobi Joba’) from Thursday October 16 to Friday 17. On Thursday, Karma Kafé will also host a cigar roller, who will create the smokes in front of your eyes.
Finally, elsewhere in the world, the words ‘summer is over’ are met with dread. However, as we all know, the arrival of winter in Dubai is more welcome than Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. So, the launch of a winter menu at Rivington Grill is even better news. The new season’s selection includes roasted scallops with beef black pudding and artichoke puree, cured salt beef salad, seabass fillet served with roasted pumpkin mash and a mussel broth, and a Barnsley lamb chop with bubble and squeak. Bring on winter!
Until next week, bon appétit!