Tastes just like chicken”. Or so they say about every meat that’s slightly more adventurous than your average poultry dish. We can’t promise you this dish of the week will taste like the aforementioned bird, but we’re pretty certain you’ll find it memorable.
Why? Because it’s crocodile. And it’s not every day you come across such an animal in Dubai (on menus or in any other capacity, we’re pleased to say).
Australian restaurant Bushman’s has long had a reputation for attracting daring diners, thanks to its range of interesting, slightly out-there dishes – think kangaroo sirloin with braised daikon and a chilli glaze.
However, the Anantara The Palm restaurant has taken things a step further this time. These crocodiles skewers are making waves (not literally, we hope) with adventurous folk clamouring for a bite.
Sourced from Queensland, Australia, the white croc meat is soaked in a pineapple juice-based brine for 24 hours before being placed in a sous vide for an hour, then cooled. It’s then diced and skewered, kebab-style, and placed over a hot grill to colour before being served with a citrus pomelo salad and onion marmalade.
“Thanks to the method of cooking that we use, the crocodile meat takes on a smoky flavour,” a member of the Bushman’s team tells Time Out Dubai. “This also makes the meat very tender.”