6 of the best food trucks in Dubai
Foodie hipsters pay attention!
Food trucks are the hipster foodie obsession that are going nowhere fast...(well that probably depends on the speed limit we reckon). Recently they've been popping up all over Dubai with the help of Roundup; a company supported by the government which helps entrepreneurs go through the process of starting a food truck. Have you ever thought of owning your very own food truck? Erm...Best job ever alert!
If that sounds like too much effort, (no judgement; we're lazy too) why don't you just visit some instead? Here is our guide to some of the city's best.
Note: Don't expect greasy fries or a soggy burger like the old days, food trucks have gone gourmet and these days you're more likely to find a gluten-free pulled pork bap with a side of quinoa on the menu instead.
If you're not a fan of tacos you can go home right now. Here at the Lovin Dubai' office we looovveeee tacos and you know the only thing that makes tacos even better? Ordering them from a truck and demolishing them outside in the sunshine somewhere. Calle Tacos is a Mexican food truck which started originally in Hollywood; they provide fresh, authentic food; we're talking tacos, (obviously) nachos, quesadillas, burritos...all the good stuff. If you ask nicely it will all come covered in guac and melted cheese, we're hungry just thinking about it.
Where and when? Zabeel Park on Fridays from 9am to 6pm and at Creek Park on Saturdays from 3pm to 11pm
The Terrace at Dubai Creek Harbor
This food truck is all about the view (and of course the food). It's parked along Dubai Creek, directly opposite Burj Khalifa, across a stretch of water. It's a sick spot to have lunch and chill out on one of the hammocks. The truck (provided by Vida Hotels so you know the food is quality) offers a varied menu including everything from pastries, eggs benedict and sausages to the most amazing strawberry and chocolate brownie sticks. Insta-famous and one of Dubai's most prominent foodies Secret Squirrel Food aka Karen McLean has been spotted enjoying the munch there recently; and if it's got the Secret Squirrel's approval you know you're onto a winner! This location is a bit out of the way, but it's worth the trip.
Where and when? Dubai Creek - Fridays and Saturdays, 10am - 10pm
Who loves coffee? We do! And we love it even more when we know it's organic and fair trade and when the beans are roasted right here in Dubai. Espresso, Americano, flat white, latte, cappuccino, iced chocolate... the list goes on and this little truck has it all.
Where? Zabeel Park - Fridays, 3pm - 10pm
Definitely the most recognisable here; Salt has got a couple of trucks to it's name and Kite Beach is the most popular location. The retro, stainless steel truck is now a permanent feature there, and they've added an indoor terrace so, now you don't have to worry about the weather. Head there during the day and pick up one of their softie ice-creams or in the evening for their classic burgers; which come as a single or double. It's a super juicy 2oz of wagyu beef, melted cheese, hook salt, jalapeno and lettuce served in a burger bun.
Where? Kite beach- Everyday, 11am - 2am
Expect quality Indian street food from this fusion concept food truck. The food is influenced by Goan street food but they take flavours from around the world and serve up everything from Goad pao with street chicken or pulled lamb to sliders, tacos or salads. We also love the name GObai...Goa/Dubai...geddit?
Where? Location varies (We found them at Al Barsha park where they set up every Saturday evening for the Ripe Market).
These guys definitely take the prize for coolest looking truck, and maybe for the most mobile too. Popping up ALL over the place; from weekends at the Ripe Market, to feeding the party-goers at Dubai Music Week and evening strollers on Boulevard Walk...this truck needs a break. The kitchen serves burritos, burgers, salads, fresh fruit cocktails and our personal favourite; parmesan and truffle fries...seriously if chips had an olympics (chip-olympics has got a nice ring to it right?) these bad boys would definitely take home the gold...they're that good.
Where? Ripe Market at Zabeel Park - January and February every Saturday, 9am- 5pm