Food trucks in Dubai - complete guide

From burgers and brisket to biodynamic coffee beans – a whole convoy of roaming restaurants are turning Dubai into a scene out of Chef

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Calle Tacos

Newest of the already operational food trucks is this moving taco shop, first of an upcoming spree launched in collaboration with consultancy Roundup by 54 East. Created by a husband-and-wife team, Calle Tacos literally means ‘street tacos’ in Spanish and takes its inspiration from LA’s Mexican food culture, serving tacos (of course), nachos, burritos and quesadillas.
Instagram: @calletacosuae, www.calletacos.ae.

Ghaf Kitchen

These gourmet renegades were arguably the food truck team that began the movement we now see before us in Dubai. Serving anything but greasy van grub, with Ghaf you’ll get gourmet burgers with fusion flavours, fancy fish finger sandwiches and signature desserts such as Eton mess. Right now, the van doesn't have a permanent home, but you’ll find it every Friday at the Ripe Market in Zabeel Park this month. You can also book Ghaf Kitchen to cater for a private event.
www.ghafkitchen.com (056 393 3712).

Jake’s
Once Dubai cottoned on to the joy of the burger van, the brains behind Jake’s decided it was time to take this a step more left field again. So, Jake’s doesn’t just serve burgers, its serves burgers in a bagel. If you are keen to try the 'shaka', 'hang ten', 'beach bite' or 'heat wave' you will find them at Umm Suqeim beach.
Instagram: @thefoodtruckdubai.

Melt

This is one of few Dubai food trucks conveniently moored in one location: just outside JA Ocean View Hotel at the far end of JBR. Founded by two Dubai mums, Melt serves frozen treats, but with a healthier edge, including non-fat frozen yoghurt, 100 percent pure fruit ice lollies and a range of dairy- and gluten-free drinks too. You’ll also find these guys at a host of events, such as the Rugby Sevens, IPL cricket and Piknik Electronik. You can also book this food truck for school events, weddings and more.
www.meltandmore.com.

Salt

The first of the gourmet burger van gang, Salt rules the roost at Kite Beach. The menu is minimal but high class, with patties made from wagyu beef. Choose a single or double, served ‘classic’ with cheese and pickles, or the spicy ‘hook’ with cheese and jalapenos. For non-cow eaters, there is also a deep-fried chicken burger.
Instagram:@findsalt.

Vida Food Truck

The whole kitchen-on-wheels thing is fast become so mainsteam in Dubai that even the big hotel groups are getting in on the act. The first to do so were the canny crew at Vida, who have a 1970s Airstream parked permanently outside Manzil Downtown Dubai. Chef Spencer Black and crew will, however, uproot for private events.
dine@vida-hotels.com (04 428 5888).

Yum Tingz

These guys are not really as Caribbean as they sound, but don’t let that deter you from giving the menu a try, because you’ll find some very yummy ‘tingz’ on it. Think burgers, including a camel meat option, sides such as truffle fries, and salads including roasted root or quinoa tabbouleh. This week, you’ll find Yum Tingz parked at Games 15 from September 10-12, as well as at Dubai Music Week later in the month.
Instagram:@yumtingz (056 454 2782).

The Spot

This caravan in Al Mamzar Beach serves up flavours of America’s Deep South including a succulent chicken sandwich and 100 per cent Wagyu beef burger, flamed grilled with a smoky taste. It’s worth visiting to experience their top-secret special sauce.
www.thespot.ae


- Dubai’s favourite late-night Levantine haunt, Zaroob, will soon be launching its own food truck, due to hit the streets in October.

- Local coffee company RAW is set to launch its own truck by the end of September. The Bean Machine, as it shall be called, will be a staggering ten metre-long and ten-barista strong, rolling coffee-making machine.

- You heard it here first. Taqado Mexican Kitchen is opening its own food truck. It is currently winging its way here on a boat, and the van will officially launch at SoleDXB in d3 this November (and possibly, unofficially, elsewhere before).

Coming Soon

Bio Bean

Currently due to launch this month, this van takes its name from the two twin arms of its concept. Bio reflects the new food truck’s focus on organic and healthy eating options, including gluten-free and vegan dishes, while Bean reflects the emphasis on coffee, since the company will be serving freshly roasted organic coffee, with a variety of different flavoured cuppas.
www.biobean.com (04 224 9688).

GObai
This new truck’s focus will be on street food fusion, built around the flavours of Goa, brought to you here in Dubai. Hence the name. Beyond the food, there is also an ethical arm to this concept, because it will be using biodegradable packaging, as well as other carbon footprint-friendly kitchen practices. Once launched later this month, you’ll find GObai at Ripe Market, Times Square
Center. Instagram: @GObaiFoodTruck.

Fit Truck
As you’ve almost certainly guessed from the name, the focus here will be healthy eating. Expect healthier burger recipes, chicken sloppy Joes and shakes. There are also plans, once the launch is out of the way, to introduce additional seasonal menus, and kids' menus.

Kono Pizza
Not just a pizza truck, this new concept will be serving pizza wrapped into a cone shape. The idea actually comes from the Italian street food principle known as pizza al passegio, which means 'pizza to walk away with'. At Kono Pizza, the cone crust is imported from Italy, and you can have this topped with pepperoni, turkey, vegetables, tandoori chicken and curry chicken.
www.konopizza.com.

Mr. Brisket
Just as the American food truck trend has taken over Dubai, another US favourite, brisket, has also taken over the city's menus of late. So, it was of course only a matter of time before some savvy van man brought the two together. The self-titled Mr. Brisket tells us he’s taken inspiration from 17 different countries to create the ultimate recipe using organic grass-fed beef and uses 16 different types of wood over a 12-hour smoking period. The resultant dish is a brisket burger, teamed with melted organic cheese.

The Mob Truck

The menu at this new food truck is devised in collaboration with chefs from Dubai’s ICCA. Once launched later this month, you’ll find recipes such as mob poppers and onion rings, sliders such as the pickled Cuban sandwich, the crusty chicken burger, and ‘mob n cheese’. The truck is planning to park up at Kite Beach and JBR.
www.themobtruck.com (052 965 2270).

Toasted
Music to the ears of lacto-philes (that's nearly everyone), because new truck Toasted: Grilled Cheese & More will specialise in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Also on the menu you’ll find fish and chips, hotdogs and custom fries.
www.toasteddubai.com.

- Coming soon, from The Food Truck Dubai (the team behind Jake’s) is a new Mexican food truck called Pedro’s, due to open later this month.

- Making its way to Dubai as we speak is a brand new and upgraded Moti Roti food truck. While launch dates are not yet concrete, you will hopefully spot the Moti Roti kids at the Take That concert at the end of October.

- It was about time someone heard our prayers and added saj to the food truck spree.

And then Saj 2 Go came along. The new bakery will hit Dubai’s streets in food truck form this month.

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