A Pop-Up Restaurant Is Bringing Germany's Black Forest To Life In All Its Wintery Glory

17 December 2019
Food, Restaurants, DUBAI, Pop-Up, Dining, Food and Drink
Dinner at Gaggenau x INKED is a new take on a winter wonderland

The UAEs culinary scene is many things, but dull is not one of them. Like the buffet counters at a hotel brunch, to decide where to eat in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any of the other emirates is to choose between a range of cuisines as diverse as it is incongruous.

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Look left, and you can feel chef Nobu’s black cod wilt under the soft pressure of your fork. Turn right and Giorgio Locatelli will make you vegan arancini with a cheese substitute so convincing your woke friends will attempt to send the dish back in horror.

Granted, Sushi and Italian are easy enough to find anywhere in the world but add to that Turkish kebabs, Lebanese tabouleh, an English roast, Nepalese curries, Philippine binalot and you realise that to eat in the UAE is to sit at the world’s table.

It’s where money meets homesick ex-pats, willing to pay top dollar to be reminded of home and their mother’s cooking.

Imagine then that you’re German and hungry for a traditional bite. It’s not always easy for our German brüders und schwesters. Their national dishes haven’t been adopted in same way as, say, tapas, ramen or sushi.

For the next week though, Germans in Dubai, and in fact anyone with a hankering for Bavarian food will be able to enjoy a rare treat in the form of an immersive dining experience based on the food of the Black Forest.

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Hosted by Gaggenau, German home-appliance manufacturers and INKED, a food collective who specialize in immersive dining, the 5-course menu is designed to transport you deep into the German forest. Their executive chef, Hadrien Villedieu, describes the dinner as ‘a culinary homage to the rich and earthy flavors of Gaggenau’s spiritual home, the Black Forest.’

Not familiar with those dishes? Think updated versions of German national dishes: sauerkraut pie, chestnut & ricotta ravioli in smoked truffle forest broth, and, obviously, black forest dessert.

The meals take place over 4 days from December 18 to 21 at INKED. Previous pop-ups in New York and LA sold out fast. So, as the Germans would say: Schnell.