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Zapiekanka, a mobile food truck that is all set to debut at the Dubai Food Festival (DFF) this year plans to serve ‘innovative’ Polish food. From open baguette pizzas, sauerkraut with milk (a traditional homemade dessert made with fermented vegetables) and the famous beetroot soup, everything on the menu has a twist.


Hamburgah, a local cafeteria joint with two outlets in Dubai, is serving its famous mouth-watering burgers. Hamburgah prides itself on serving 25 different types of burgers where visitors can choose from 18 sauces to go wit them. According to the owner, it will introduce its ‘gold’ collection at the Beach Canteen over the next 17 days.

Hub 1833

It will be unfair if there isn’t a speciality coffee seller at the Beach Canteen, but Hub 1833 is all about coffee-holics. From hand crushed coffee to kunafah flavoured latte, the sky is the limit at this joint based out of Business Bay. The management claims that its baristas need to go through a special in coffee picking, crushing and blending before they are put on the job.

Take a Bao

This Asian street kitchen that recently opened in City Centre Meaisem is serving traditional baos (steamed Taiwanese buns) with fish, chicken and meat along with a falafel and mushroom option for vegetarians. Also watch out for the deep fried bao with vanilla ice cream with lotus topping.


Started by an ardent horse lover, Saddle is a local Emirati coffee and fast food joint. It’s Instagram bio reads, “Making everything better” and that is what it thrives on. At the Beach Canteen, it is serving ‘mustard crepes’, white coffee and a ‘secret’ dessert, among others.

Chick n Cone

New York City’s famous waffle and fork free chicken seller Chick n Cone is making its debut at the Beach Canteen. Food critics and bloggers in the UAE have marked this particular eatery as one of the ‘most awaited’ as chicken served on a waffle is quite a rarity in the city. According to its website, the dish is a sweet-sour-spicy delicacy.


The home-grown eatery which opened on City Walk last year has had rave reviews for its ‘Not your average French toast’. But this DFF it will be launching a ramen burger at the Beach Canteen. So watch out! You can also sample its hot and spicy ‘Cheetos Mac n Cheese’ and, of course, the famous ‘French toast’.

Project Chaiwala

Project Chaiwala which made its Beach Canteen debut last year witnessed huge crowds at its stall. The queues had over 50 people during the busy hour and weekends. Chaiwala that translates to ‘tea seller’ is inspired by roadside tea sellers in India and Pakistan. The tea server at this stall constantly screams out ‘Chai Chai’ in a funny tone to attract attention, similar to what some street tea vendors do in India. This year, PCW has a new item: ‘Iced matcha chai’.

Maiz Tacos

Maiz Tacos, yet another experimental joint, serves Mexican food with Doritos, fried taco shells and cherry Mexican tarts. At the Beach Canteen it will introduce ‘hot churros’ for the spice lovers and ‘lotus ice cream churros sandwich’ for the sweet tooths. The guacamole at Maiz tacos is made from avocados flown in from Michoacán state of Meits Agua Frescas, a Mexican fruit drink.

Inventing Room

Participating for the third time, this UAE-based food chain, which has five outlets, will serve the world’s coldest Cheetos like it did last year. These Cheetos are frozen at -150 degrees Celsius. Remember to hold off for three minutes before savouring them as the liquid nitrogen is still fresh. Inventing Room is the brainchild of American Chef Ian Klienman, popularly known as the ‘chef who re-invents his creations’.

DFF 2018: What’s on

Dubai Restaurant Week (February 22 – March 3)
Fifteen high-end restaurants around the city are offering a limited-edition 3-course menu for only Dh199. Restaurants include Scape Restaurant and Lounge, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street, Folly by Nick & Scott, LIMA Dubai, Toro + Ko, Asado, Asia Asia, Pai Thai, Rock Fish, Simply Italian, Villa Beach, Wakame, Jean Gorges Dubai, Jodhpur Royal Dining and The Atlantic.

Etisalat Beach Canteen (February 22 – March 10)
The beach canteen has been set up at the Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim Road for the sixth edition of the Dubai Food Festival. Over 40 vendors including restaurants, sporting facilities, retail outlets will be stationed at the venue
Location: Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim Road
Entry: Free

Taste of Dubai (March 8-10)
Fifteen renowned chefs from around the world will host live cooking sessions at the two day event next month that marks the end of the 2018 food festival. Cook with Sanjeev Kapoor, who recently cooked for Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, Jenny Morris, South African celebrity chef and Valentine Warner BBC presenter and food critic.
Location: Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City
Entry: Starts from Dh160

Miami Vibes (February 23- March 11)
City Walk joins the Dubai Food Festival this year with their open ‘food party’ space at The Green Planet parking. Pink Burger, rainbow sandwiches, sour khameer (Arabic pastry) and spicy mojitos are all the talk here.
Location: City Walk, 
Al Wasl and Al Safa Road junction
Entry: Free

Hidden Gems
Spanning traditional Emirati food and authentic ethnic delights in both Old and New Dubai, along with small boutiques that offer a taste of home, 35 independent venues were shortlisted and nominated for public voting earlier this year. The top 10 Hidden Gems as voted by the public were announced recently and can be found on http://www.dubaihiddengems.com. Throughout the Dubai Food Festival, these top 10 restaurants are set to offer a one-day only special deal, where diners can enjoy a two-course meal for only Dh25 per person

Dine & Win
In partnership with Zomato and Dubai Shopping Malls Group, Dine & Win gives residents and visitors the opportunity to win big if they dine at any participating restaurants in select malls across the city. Customers dining during DFF and spending a minimum of Dh50 will receive a raffle coupon that will entitle them to enter a lucky draw to win multiple prizes.