Are you having a laugh, I thought. But no, as part of the Taste of Dubai food festival, there was an event with this name. I had to see it.
It turned out to be a variety of food stalls and trucks from the UK, some of them housed in unusual or vintage vehicles. It was all set out on the grassy area beside the Souk Al Bahar and Dubai Mall, right by the Dubai Fountain with a great view of the Burj Khalifa in the background. And, because it is still that time of year when the weather is close to perfect in Dubai, it was cool to the point of cold as the breeze drifted across the water around the fountain.
I was with a very hungry and excitable young woman and her husband. Between us we could hardly keep her contained as she darted around making sure she had seen all the best things and worked out the best strategy to approach the food as well as the optimal way to share it out so that we (she) could taste as many different things as possible. BTW she is tiny and skinny despite all this eating; some people would find it hard to forgive.
So we had sausages, hotdogs, sauerkraut, lobster rolls (not very nice), vegetarian sushi rolls (amazing), and halmoui fries all rather quickly. I was not a fan of the fries. Something about stiff, fried cheese did not work for me.
Then we were allowed to approach what turned out to be the best thing of all – the cheese toastie stall. Hard to believe I know, but it was fantastic. Was it nostalgia for simpler days or was it just a perfect cheese toastie? I think it was the latter. The cheese was Raclette, which may have been pivotal and the bread was very crisp. We were sharing all these things, but the tallest and probably the hungriest among us was on a call when the toastie arrived, and I suspect I had more than my fair share. I wanted to order another one just for myself, but there were more things to try.
Next we hit the pizza truck. It looked fantastic, a converted Landrover with a pizza oven in the back. I did ask where the fuel tank was as the fire raged near the back. But, although the base was good, the tomato sauce had no flavor at all. A little salt might have helped or some basil. Probably the owner had made the sauce out of the tomatoes available in the UAE, and they are mostly always flavor-free, a great sadness to me as I grow the flavorsome ones in Italy and gorge on those all summer long.
Still the night was not over; we had time and limited space to stuff in some homemade ice cream sandwiches before heading home to digest, but I did not get a second cheese toastie. For the best, I know.
Eat the World Festival
Country: United Arab Emirates
Zip/Post Code: N/A
Location Tips: N/A
N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc