Food, great food …
Expo 2020 is a culinary destination of its own, where globally acclaimed chefs, local favorites, brand new gastronomy concepts and exciting country pavilion restaurants come together.
Here are the highlights at a glance …
Californian Michelin chef David Myers, better known as the Gypsy Chef, is bringing a slice of Abbot Kinney Blvd in Los Angeles to Dubai with his hugely popular ADRIFT Burger Bar.
One of the culinary world’s most sought-after chefs, Rohit Ghai is bringing his acclaimed Kutir restaurant from London’s Chelsea to Expo 2020. Expect an authentic yet very experimental menu.
American celebrity chef Matthew Kenney is considered one of the market leaders in plant-based cuisine and is bringing three of his restaurant concepts from the USA to Expo 2020.
The heavyweights at Expo 2020 will be joined by David Thompson, who has made cooking Thai food his life’s work and is best known for his Thai street food chain Long Chim.
The celebrated Armenian-American chef is presenting The National Bar & Dining Rooms for the first time – his vision of a grand café that offers modern bistro cuisine from breakfast to dinner.
Other tasty additions are British Concept – and Bakery School – Bread ahead, specializing in donuts and gluten-free bread and sourdough bread; Beirut’s neighborhood bar, BARON, who brings passion to the plate with fresh ingredients from the farm and the sea and Kojaki, a fusion concept that combines Japanese and Korean cuisine with typical dishes such as Korean barbecue and Japanese robata.
A wide variety of local talent will have a strong presence in the Expo 2020 dining menu at Expo 2020, spanning kitchens from India to Ireland and classic UAE brands such as Arabic tea house, Specialists in Indian gemstones and biryani Al Farwania, Filipino hotspot Dampa Seafood Grill, Lebanese faithful Al Reef Bakery; and Hanon Fera’s sweets, known for its traditional Middle Eastern dessert, Kanafa.
The six-month spectacle also features Pakistani street food, Ravi restaurant, Yemeni restaurant Maraheb, and Sarouja Restaurant & Café, a popular Syrian and Mediterranean place.
If you like your meals with an immersive theatricality, be sure to purchase tickets to The Future of Food: Epochal Banquet, an unprecedented multi-course experience created by UK multisensory experience design studio Bompas & Parr.
Guests have the chance to sample super-light delicacies made using the same technique NASA uses to collect cometary dust, where edible creations glow in the dark and desserts change the taste. The two-hour dining experience costs from Dhs 550 and tickets can be purchased through expo2020dubai.com. @bompasandparr
Alkebulan African dining room
Curated by former opera singer and restaurant specialist Alexander Smalls, Alkebulan celebrates African cuisine and features nearly a dozen chef-led concepts from across the African continent.
Each counter and each concept has its own unique design that pays tribute to the individuality of the region, the kitchen and the chef. Highlights include Afro Street Eatery, which promotes West African street food, Penja, the award-winning pop-up concept, and Seven Seafood, which offers a modern take on East African seafood.
The food delivery superstars talabat have been named the official food delivery provider of Expo 2020 and present more than 30 brands in the talabat kichen, an innovative, sustainable two-story cloud kitchen. talabat will serve both food and delivery customers, with talabat drivers delivering safe, sustainably responsible e-scooters to fixed locations on the entire Expo site.
Look out for its autonomous delivery vehicles and the innovative robotic ice cream maker and barista that will delight Expo 2020 visitors.
Rising Flavors Dining Room
Inspired by the countries of the GCC, the three-story dining room of Rising Flavors – decorated by GCC artists – underlines the range and creativity of the constantly evolving gastronomic scene in the Gulf region. The ground floor features a rotating line-up of chefs from the UAE, Oman, KSA and beyond, including Douha Abdullah Al Otaishan, Saudi Arabia’s first female chef, Bahraini restaurateur Roaya Saleh, Hattem Mattar, the Arab world’s first pitmaster; Emirati Musabbeh Al Kaabi and many more.
The restaurant on the first floor is a licensed gourmet restaurant with a chef’s table and a theatrical cooking show. You can also find live performances,
from traditional to contemporary.
Meanwhile, Expo 2020 Dubai’s three themed pavilions each host bespoke restaurants and cafes, offering visitors a delicious taste of their subtopics.
the Mobility pavilion houses the Alif Café by farm2table, a casual restaurant from Abu Dhabi Chef Jessica Queitschthat sheds light on the legacy of the Silk Road’s key ingredients such as coffee, rice, pasta and spices.
the Sustainability pavilion has a number of plant-based eateries, mostly staffed by plant-based celebrity chef Matthew Kenny, including Veg’d, an all-day vegan restaurant with a focus on sustainable dishes, XYST, which focuses on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, and Mudrá ,
a wonderful bar on the roof – with a wonderful view over the expo area – with exciting cocktails and plant-based cuisine.
the Occasional pavilion aims to give a significant amount of focus to food and beverage manufacturers. One of the highlights is the special work area where visitors can find the best Emirati coffee roasting company Canvas by Coffee Culture.
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