Food, glorious food …
Expo 2020 is a gourmet destination in its own right, bringing together world-renowned chefs, local specialties, brand new dining concepts and exciting suburban restaurants.
Here’s a look at the highlights …
California Michelin chef David Myers, better known as Gypsy Chef, brings a slice of Abbot Kinney Blvd from Los Angeles to Dubai with his ever popular ADRIFT Burger Bar.
One of the culinary world’s most in-demand chefs, Rohit Ghai is bringing his acclaimed Kutir restaurant from Chelsea to London to Expo 2020. Expect an authentic yet highly experimental menu.
Recognized as one of the leaders in plant-based cuisine, celebrity American chef Matthew Kenney is showcasing three of his American restaurant concepts at Expo 2020.
David Thompson, who has made Thai cooking his life’s work, joins the heavyweights of Expo 2020, famous especially for his Thai street food chain Long Chim.
The famous Armenian-American chef is about to make his debut at the National Bar & Dining Rooms – his vision of a grand café, offering modern bistro cuisine from breakfast to dinner.
Other tasty arrivals include the British Concept – and the Bakery School – Bread in advance, specializing in gluten-free and sourdough donuts and breads; Beirut neighborhood seal, BARON, bringing passion to the plate with fresh ingredients from the farm and the sea and Kojaki, a fusion concept that mixes Japanese and Korean cuisines, with iconic dishes such as Korean barbecue and Japanese robata.
A host of local talent will feature prominently in Expo 2020’s dining list, spanning cuisines from India to Ireland, and will include classic UAE brands such as Arab tea house, specialists in Indian gems and biryani Al Farwania, Filipino hotspot Dampa Seafood Grill, Lebanese faithful Al Reef Bakery; and Hanon Feras candies, renowned for its traditional Middle Eastern dessert, kanafa.
The six month show also features Pakistani street food, Ravi Restaurant, Yemeni restaurant Maraheb, and Restaurant & Café Sarouja, a popular Syrian and Mediterranean spot.
If you enjoy your meals with an immersive theatrical side, be sure to purchase tickets for The Future of Food: Epochal Banquet, an all-new multi-course experience concocted by UK-based multisensory experience design studio Bompas. & Parr.
Diners will have the opportunity to sample ultra-light delicacies formed using the same technique NASA uses to collect comet dust, where edible creations glow in the dark and desserts change flavor. The two-hour dining experience costs from 550 Dhs and tickets can be purchased through expo2020dubai.com. @bompasandparr
African dining room Alkebulan
Hosted by former opera singer-turned-restaurateur Alexander Smalls, Alkebulan is a celebration of African cuisine and features nearly a dozen concepts led by chefs from across the African continent.
Each counter and concept has its own unique design that honors the individuality of the region, the kitchen and the chef. Highlights include Afro Street Eatery, which champions West African street food, Penja, the award-winning pop-up concept, and Seven Seafood offering a contemporary take on East African seafood.
Talabat food delivery superstars have been named the official food delivery supplier for Expo 2020 and will showcase over 30 brands inside talabat kichen, an innovative and sustainable two-story cloud kitchen. talabat will cater to both restaurant and delivery customers, with talabat riders delivering to fixed locations throughout the Expo site using safe and durable electric scooters.
Don’t miss its autonomous delivery vehicles and the innovative pastry and barista robot ready to wow Expo 2020 visitors.
The dining room of rising flavors
Inspired by the GCC countries, Rising Flavors’ three-story dining room – decorated by CCG artists – showcases the range and creativity of the Gulf region’s ever-changing dining scene. The ground floor features a rotating team of chefs from the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and beyond, including Douha Abdullah Al Otaishan, Saudi Arabia’s first female executive chef, Bahraini restaurateur Roaya Saleh, Hattem Mattar, the first chef in the Arab world; Emirati Musabbeh Al Kaabi, and many others.
The first floor restaurant is a licensed dining venue hosting a chef’s table and theatrical cooking show. You will also find live performances,
from traditional to contemporary.
Meanwhile, Expo 2020 Dubai’s three themed pavilions are each home to bespoke restaurants and cafes giving visitors a delicious taste of its sub-themes.
The Mobility Pavilion hosts Alif Café by farm2table, a casual restaurant in Abu Dhabi chef Jessica Queitsch, highlighting the heritage of key Silk Road ingredients such as coffee, rice, pasta and spices.
The Sustainability Pavilion has a number of plant-based venues, largely run by celebrity vegan chef Matthew Kenny, including Veg’d, an all-day vegan restaurant focused on sustainable dishes, XYST, which emphasizes Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine and Mudrá,
a wonderful rooftop bar – with stunning views of the Expo site – offering exciting cocktails and herbal cuisine.
The Pavilion of Opportunities aims to focus on food and beverage producers. One of its highlights is the dedicated workspace where visitors will find the best Emirati coffee roaster, Canvas by Coffee Culture.
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