Posted by: englishdubai | March 22, 2009

Taste of Dubai

Last weekend the Taste of Dubai festival was run around the corner from where I lived in Dubai Media City. As an excuse to get out of the house following the hangover I was still nursing from the Space party I dragged myself along with a few of my friends.

The idea is that the a number of the finer restaurants in Dubai have stands where they have three dishes available to try in an effort that you might go and visit them or arrange a function there.

A lot of the mainstays of Dubai dining were there such as Verre run by Gordon Ramsay and Mezzaine run by Gary Rhodes. I however was more interested in the some of the names I had heard about before but not had a chance to visit. My two favourites were Zuma who did a wonderful calamari with lime and chilli:

and also Minato whose Wagyu Beef Teppenyaki was super moist. I will need to take a closer look at both of these restaurants

The good thing about Taste of Dubai was that there was a lot of “stuff” going on. From the blind wine tasting, to the cookery schools, a mini trade fair of kitchen type vendors to the the excellent live cookery demonstration held by no nonsense Gary Rhodes. He really drew the crowds, but I have to admit I don’t have the patience to listen too long to the virtues of wild mushrooms:

It was a pleasant way to spend an evening especially the backdrop of the Media city lake accompanied by a very pleasant old school crooner who entertained with some classic big band songs:

As with lot of good things in Dubai it comes at a cost. The organisers decided to employ a voucher system where one “Dellas” was worth ten dirhams ($2.72) the fairly small food samples cost in the six to eight Dellas range with a beer costing four Dellas. It did not take long to have spent a hundred dollars.

A friend of mine summed it up nicely “I had a good time and the food was nice, but after spending four hundred dirhams I still felt hungry so I nipped in McDonalds on the way home”

That really made me smile.


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