The Dubai Food Festival returns once again.
The 14-day event, which will run from May 2-15, will highlight different culinary offerings in the emirate. The festival will also mark the return of Dubai Restaurant Week and Foodie Experiences, with reservations now open and limited spaces available.
Here’s everything you need to know about this popular event.
What is Dubai Restaurant Week?
In partnership with 40 of the city’s best restaurants (including 21grams, Coya, The Maine Street Eatery, Miss Tess, Clap and The London Project), the event will offer special three-course dinners from Dh150 per person or a two-course lunch. menus from 95 Dh per person.
Other participating outlets include those named to Mena’s inaugural Top 50 Restaurants list, such as Lowe’s, Reif Japanese Kushiyaki and Indochine, as well as the recently opened restaurants 11 Woodfire and Tamoka.
Which restaurants are participating?
Restaurants offering lunch and dinner menus include: 11 Woodfire, 21grams, Al Nafoorah, 99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant, Bastion, BB Social, Bella, Bread Street Kitchen, Carnival by Tresind, Clap, CMP, Coya, Hell’s Kitchen, Hutong. , Indochine, Indya by Vineet, Isola, Lowe, Maison Mathis, Marina Social, Masti, Noepe, Reform Social Grill, Reif Japanese Kushiyaki, Roka, Sucre, Tamoka, The London Project, The Maine Street Eatery and Westlodge Saloon.
Meanwhile, Fi’lia, Indochine, Marea, The Maine Land Brasserie will only offer fixed lunch menus, while Bull & Bear, Hotel Caragena, Inti, Miss Tess, Pierre’s Bistro and Bar, The Hide and Toro Toro will only offer dinner menus.
How do I book for Dubai Restaurant Week?
All reservations must be made in advance by open table.
What else can I do during the festival?
The Foodie Experiences event is for those looking to do more than just eat. It consists of ready-to-use masterclasses, culinary collaborations and experimental dining concepts that take place exclusively during the festival.
What masterclasses are offered?
There are five masterclasses taking place during the Dubai Food Festival and they include everything from sushi making to learning how to create a signature dessert. Here is the program :
1004 Gourmet: Sushi Making Class
Learn how to roll the perfect maki or create your own special nigiri with the help of expert Japanese chef Tatsu at the Asian specialty grocery store.
May 8; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 350 Dh per person (non-vegetarian) or 299 Dh (vegetarian); The Greens; 055 633 7612
Mondoux: chocolate dessert creation masterclass with three-course dinner
Chocolate lovers will appreciate Mondoux’s masterclass, which comes with a three-course meal. Learn how to create one of Mondoux’s signature desserts – the chocolate bowl – and sample some of the restaurant’s best dishes from a specially curated dinner menu.
May 5 and 12; 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; 325 MAD per person; Dubai Creek Harbour; 050 118 9401
Teible: Low-Waste Sourdough Class with Chef Sheerin
Teible offers a masterclass on how to minimize waste at home by creating sourdough from scratch using discarded ingredients. Guests can also take home Teible’s Mimi, a seven-year sourdough starter kit. The masterclass also includes a coffee break with pastries afterwards.
May 9; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; 550 dirhams; Jaddaf waterfront; 04 243 6683
Teible: Fermentation workshop with Chef Carlos
Discover the fascinating but complex world of fermentation through an interactive masterclass with Chef Carlos. By comparing the reactions of three different ingredients (vegetables, liquids, and dairy), learn first-hand about the mechanism and benefits of fermentation. The following dinner is also included in the price.
May 10; 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; 550 dirhams; Jaddaf waterfront; 04 243 6683
Dumpling Class with Chef Tatsu at 1004 Gourmet
Hone your dumping skills during a masterclass with 1004 Gourmet Chef Tatsu. Whether you like steamed or fried versions, the class offers tips on how to create the perfect package.
May 12; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Dh275 (non-vegetarian) or Dh240 (vegetarian); The Greens; 055 633 7612
What experimental gastronomic experiences take place?
The experimental dining experiences will feature unique creations, including a dinner made with leftover food and another using locally sourced dates as the main ingredient. Here is the program :
No waste at Lowe’s
Lowe’s is bringing back its Waste Not dinner series. As part of its commitment to reducing its impact on the environment, the restaurant will offer a multi-course menu made entirely from potential food scraps.
May 11; 8 p.m.; 150 dirhams; Al Barari; 04 320 1890
Karama photo and gourmet walks
Explore the bustling and bustling Karama with a photo walk and food tour with Gulf Photo Plus. Snap photos of neon-clad storefronts as you sample delicacies such as tandoor chai while learning more about the neighborhood and how to photograph it. The tour will end at a popular restaurant where the group can share their photos and comments.
May 7 and 14; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Karama; Dh295
Dine in the dunes with Sonara Camp
Enjoy a gourmet desert feast as Sonara chef Franck Sanna creates a menu specially prepared for the occasion using locally sourced dates as the star ingredient.
May 14 to 15; 8 p.m.; MAD 913.75; Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve; 04 320 1890
Tiramisu pop-up at the Penrose Lounge
Head to the lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel DIFC to sample various desserts inspired by the Instagrammable tiramisu. The limited time menu is valid for the duration of the Dubai Food Festival.
May 2-15; the Dubai International Financial Center; 04 506 0000
What are the Chef’s Table experiences at this year’s Dubai Food Festival?
Throughout the Dubai Food Festival, top chefs from the UAE such as Reif Othman, Ilias Doulamis, Rahul Rana, Matthijs Stinnissen and Carmen Rueda Hernandez will present special dishes and menus as part of their Chef’s Table. Here is the program :
The Experience by Reif Othman
The chefs at Reif Japanese Kushiyaki will curate a five-course chef’s choice omakase tasting menu.
May 2-13; 388 MAD per person; Dar Wasl Mall, Jumeirah; 04 255 5142
The Greek restaurant will feature a special four-course menu from Executive Chef Doulamis, who will also show off his cooking skills at the table.
May 2 to 7 and May 9 to 14; 7 p.m. to midnight; 290 Dh for food only; 04 444 7444 or email [email protected]
Vegetarian chef’s table at Avatara
Avatara at Voco Hotel will feature a menu curated by Chef Rahul Rana, inspired by humble, pure, clean and natural seasonal ingredients. The cuisine it offers uses fresh produce and dairy products from local farms.
May 2 to 15; Dh368; Sheikh Zayed Road; 058 143 2867
Boca chef Matthijs Stinnissen will serve a 10-course meal focused on sustainability. Vegetables take center stage as skins, stems, seeds and usually discarded produce get a second chance at this low-carbon cooking experience.
May 2 to 7 and May 12 to 14; starts 7:30 p.m.; 345 dirhams; the DIFC; 04 323 1833
Go on a taste adventure of all the senses around the world with The Escape, a five-course dessert-led multi-sensory journey led by Chef Carmen Rueda Hernandez and her team at Brix. There are three slots per day: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday to Sunday, May 1 to 15; 325 dirhams; fishing port of Jumeirah; 04 323 1833
What culinary collaborations can I expect from this year’s festival?
Customers can enjoy the creativity of two brands coming together to present a new dining experience. Here’s what you can expect.
Paella master Eduardo Torres at Shai Lounge
Chef Eduardo Torres, originally from Valencia, will serve his signature dishes at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Shai Lounge at Jumeirah Beach.
Dinner is May 3-5; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fixed menu Dh350; lunch is May 4-5; 1 to 4 p.m.; 145 Dh for the chicken paella and 180 Dh for the seafood paella; Jumeirah Beach Road; 04 270 7777
Culinary collaboration Pickl x Boca
Burger favorite Pickl and sustainable fine dining establishment Boca will team up for a one-of-a-kind dinner. Using locally sourced organic ingredients and meat without antibiotics or hormones, diners can experience a unique collaboration between fine dining and fast food in Boca.
May 10; 7 p.m.; 395 Dh with drinks; the DIFC; 04 323 1833
Dinner in the desert with celebrity chef Akmal Anuar
Platinum Heritage’s Chef Musaab Saloom and 11 Woodfire’s Chef Akmal Anuar will team up to curate a six-course 10-course menu at Platinum Camp, with live entertainment such as acrobats and fire specialists adding on occasion. Guests are requested to arrive between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
May 10, 795 Dh per person, www.platinum-heritage.com
Mirzam Pizzeria del Cioccolato
Taste secret Emirati pizza maker @ktchn.45 and new collaboration from Mirzam Chocolater Makers. Enjoy sourdough pizzas made with local ingredients, cheeses and sauces followed by a selection of all-chocolate desserts, which will also be baked in pizza ovens.
May 3, 5 and 10; 7 or 9 p.m.; www.mirzam.com
Dibba Bay x Moreish by K Supper Club
Moreish by K’s Kunwal Safdar is teaming up with Dibba Bay Oysters for a five-course culinary collaboration showcasing its Persian and Punjabi flavors, with oysters being the key ingredient in each dish. The menu will be served for two evenings only.
May 11 and 12; 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; 265 MAD per person; fishing port of Jumeirah; 054 438 8537
Updated: April 28, 2022, 7:16 a.m.