Where to eat @ Expo 2020 

Expo 2020, Dubai UAE
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‘Connecting Minds and Creating the Future’

Food Glorious Food!  Well it wouldn't be an World Expo without some outstanding food options.  And at Dubai Expo you can eat yourself around the world... quite literally in fact.  Ranging from 5* culinary experiences to the humble food truck, this Expo has it all.

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Food Overview 

Restaurants to try

Where to eat @ Expo: Food Overview

Where to eat @ Expo: Food Overview 

There’s 191 different countries represented at Expo and it looks like there will be choices of food available to match the diversity you would expect from such a globally inclusive event. With more than 200 restaurants on site visitors will be able to embark on a voyage of exploration for their taste buds as well as their other senses. With so many options vying for attention and comparatively so few meal times in a visitor’s day you will have the choice to eat what’s available at the place where you get hungry, or if you are like me you will see the available food adventure as enticing as any of the other technological and cultural attractions at Expo.

 

Celebrity Chefs & Michelin Stars

There’s a good reason why these people and their food are famous - they’re the best at what they do! Visitors to the expo will be delighted with highlights like the Adrift Burger Bar, brainchild of Michelin Starred Chef and entrepreneur David Myers or Geoffrey Zakarian’s Expo outpost of his famous NYC based The National Bar & Dining Rooms. London’s Indian fine dining scene will be represented by Rohit Ghai in the form of Kutir, and Mory Sacko brings his African-Japanese fusion concept from Paris to Dubai, not to be missed! Meanwhile US celebrity chef and author Matthew Kenney introduces original plant-based restaurant concepts, Veg’d and XYST with new interpretations of US, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking. The famous US/Italian restaurant Scarpetta will launch a Burrata Bar at Expo (really can’t wait to try this one), and another first will be the Alkebulan African Dining Hall, where opera singer-turned-restauranteur Alexander Smalls mixes culinary and cultural concepts from across the African continent.

 

Home Grown

The Rising Flavours Food Hall will feature a rotating line-up of award-winning and influential restaurants and chefs from the GCC region in a setting which will provide visitors the opportunity to sample traditional and cutting edge cuisine from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia. On the first floor is a full service licensed fine-dining restaurant where diners can experience theatrical cooking shows, in a space where artworks from GCC artists adorn the walls and guest DJs will appear from time to time. 

 

Robot Servers

At the Talabat cloud kitchen you will see robotic baristas and servers working alongside their skilled chefs to deliver a variety of foods from around 30 represented brands. Talabat say it’s the future of food delivery, reducing wastage and energy consumption in the food delivery sector. You can dine-in at the food hall, or receive a delivery at fixed locations around the Expo site from riders on e-scooters via the Talabat app.

 

Hidden Gems

Looking for something with more local flavour? Of course Expo has you covered there too, with traditional Middle Eastern, Indian and Pilipino cuisine represented alongside Syrian and Pakistani outlets to entice visitors to sample the homegrown and imported tastes of the region. 

 

Fast Food

You can grab a quick burger, pizza or shawarma with international and local brands represented at the Expo - if your kids really don’t get into the celebrity chef fare, you can always find them a margarita from Dominos Pizza or a bucket of seafood from Dampa Grill. 

Where to eat @ Expo: Places to try

Bespoke food concepts – 

Alkebulan African dining hall

 

Explore the exotic and varied flavours of African cuisine and enjoy traditional and signature dishes from across the region.  You may even have your meal cooked by a top African Chef. With colours and flavours as vibrant as their culture, and live culinary demonstrations and entertainment while you eat this is an experience not to be missed.

 

Born at Expo – 

farm2table 

 

To really get into the swing of the most sustainable expo ever check out farm2table, which only uses locally sourced sustainable and organic ingredients from right here in the UAE.  Enjoy authentic flavour combinations and food that tells a story of ancient customs and Bedouin travel. 

 

Experience 

Farrago, the Expo Culinary Experience 

 

Join chefs from around the world delight audiences as they cook up a storm creating their national dishes. This is true food theatre at its best. 

 

Never Been Seen Collection – 

Adrift Burger

 

This burger has been named “The Perfect Burger”.  Well it is from the US and the judges were from the New York Times but still the name alone has us craving to see if this really is the best burger around.  

 

Thematic District Restaurants –

Veg’d 

 

If you think that vegan food is bland and painfully slow to make aptly named Veg’d will prove you wrong. Serving fresh, tasty Vegan fast food which is helping to help the planet. 

 

Local Gems – 

Al Reef Bakery

 

It’s time for some Manakish!  Made fresh with oodles of amazing fillings from this famed Lebanese bakery.

 

Experiences – 

The Future of Food: Epochal Banquet

 

This one is for those of you searching for a truly unique culinary experience and with prices starting at AED 785 is certainly not going to be for everyone.  Enjoy a mind-blowing 3 course dinner complete with glow-in-the-dark entrees and flavour changing desserts.  Willy Wonka would be proud. Explore the themes of space, microbiology and artificial intelligence over this 2 hour spectacular. 

 
 

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