Todd English Food Hall
Time Out Says
That’s surprisingly not a worry at American celebrity chef Todd English Food Hall in The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue. Every dish lands perfectly – and that’s thanks to one clever tweak behind the scenes.
There’s one huge menu with 12 different global sections, but rather than having a single overworked kitchen producing every dish, there are 12 different stations, with their own teams of chefs scattered throughout the sprawling 12,000sqft urban-style restaurant.
And it works flawlessly.
Each kitchen is open – as is de rigueur – and has its own brand, but each table is served by one waiter with the whole meal coming under a single bill.
This restaurant is huge so whether you’re looking for an urban, street food atmosphere or something a bit higher end, there are tables in different areas to cater for your taste.
That’s not to mention the incredible views over the half-hourly Dubai Fountain show.
It’s a top setting for our meal, which takes in cuisine from around the world, starting off with a gooey cheese manakish from Mezza House, which goes down a treat. We move on to a caprese salad, featuring some of the biggest chunks of rich and creamy burrata we’ve ever seen.
We also opt for vegetable shumai from the Asian kitchen, Noodle. The mini dumplings are both colourful and full of flavour – so much so that we gobble down four from the steamer basket in less than a minute.
Back to Italian, and the mac ’n’ cheese, albeit more American then Roman, is excellent. It’s perfectly al dente, with the rich homemade sauce retaining that delightful cheesy stringiness.
The service here is a bit hit-and-miss (we’ll never know what that pizza’s like), but the staff do admirably considering the scale of the place and menu.
Fussy eaters, eat your heart out – we defy you to leave hungry.
WHAT IS IT...
Every cuisine you could ever want
If you’re indecisive
By Time Out Dubai staff | 14 Nov 2018
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