Gastronomic fest at Expo 2020

The much-awaited Expo 2020, which kicks off barely two months from now, promises something for everyone – from the latest in technology to the best in culinary art as celebrity chefs and more than 200 restaurants transform the sidelights into a world-class gastronomic fair.

“It’s universally agreed that one of the best ways to discover a country is by sampling its cuisine, and at Expo 2020, visitors are able to eat their way around the world without leaving the UAE… Many of the 191 participating countries will also be serving authentic dishes and drinks at their pavilions,” Khaleej Times (KT) quoted Marjan Faraidooni, chief visitor experience officer at Expo 2020, as saying.

In its latest report, KT said among celebrity chefs gracing the event are David Myers, Matthew Kenney and Mory Sacko. Moreover, several internationally-acclaimed restaurants will also make their Dubai debut at Expo 2020.

American’ Gypsy Chef’ David Myers will combine classic American fast food with an international influence at Adrift Burger Bar, and celebrated Armenian-American chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, is set to debut The National Bar & Dining Rooms, offering modern bistro cuisine from breakfast to dinner. Both restaurants are brand new concepts making their debut at Expo 2020 Dubai, according to the KT report.

Other highlights include Lifestyle guru, Matthew Kenney, who will amaze diners with marvelous versions of American, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors, while Mory Sacko, whose Mosuke restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in just two months, will shoecase his signature African-Japanese fusion cuisine.

Rohit Ghai, one of the culinary world’s most in-demand chefs, brings his acclaimed restaurant Kutir from London’s Chelsea to Expo 2020, the KT report said.  

Dining concepts will also be at the sidelights of Expo 2020, including Alkebulan African dining hall, curated by former opera singer-turned-restauranteur Alexander Smalls, and will feature 11 chef-led concepts from across the African continent; Taste of the Gulf, which celebrates the region’s rich culinary heritage; and Talabat, a cloud kitchen with a fleet of riders from the food delivery platform; delivery robots and robotic baristas, said the KT report.

There will also be cuisines from India to Ireland, including classic UAE brands such as Arabian Tea House; Al Farwania, an Indian gem; Dampa Seafood Grill, a Filipino hotspot; Lebanese stalwart Al Reef Bakery; and Hanon Feras Sweets, renowned for its traditional Middle Eastern dessert, kanafa, the report added.

Expo 2020  will also welcome Ravi Restaurant, a Pakistani street food go-to,; Maraheb Yemeni Restaurant; Chicken Tikka Inn; biryani specialists Al Farwania Restaurant; and Sarouja Restaurant & Café, a popular Syrian and Mediterranean spot, still according to the KT report.


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