THE CHOSEN FEW: Interesting Dubai pies
Are pies the single most underrated food in the world? They're certainly among the most flexible, as this motley collection proves, ranging from haute cusine to the guiltiest of pleasures.
1. Malouf's b'stilla
From: Cle, DIFC
This is a celebrated Moroccan dish that looks like a large round loaf. It is, though, a dome of flaky, butter puff pastry that encloses a succulent filling of game meat. Traditionally, it’s pigeon but at Cle chef Malouf uses sweet-spiced duck and then served with cabbage salad.
2. King crab empanada
From: Asado, Palace Downtown Dubai
South America does pies too, or pasties really. Empanadas are little crescent pies that can be filled with just about whatever you want. At Asado, they have corn, chili flakes and bell peppers, which is a personal favourite, as is the chicken leeks and carrot. But King Crab and shallots is pretty incredible… tastes more like Japanese gyoza than something from Argentina.
Price: AED25 per portion
3. Chicken msakhan
From: Zahrat al-Quds, Deira
Okay, it’s not strictly speaking a pie, but the way they serve this traditional Palestinian dish in Zahrat al-Quds, Deira, it may as well be. Normally, the chicken and onion sits on a slab of pillowy taboon bread, but here the oven-baked chicken pieces, onion and sumac, wrapped in shrak bread and served like a parcel.
4. Full English breakfast
From: Upper Crust Café, Sunset Mall, Jumeira Beach Road
There’s probably no food capable of warming a Brits’ heart than the combination of breakfast and pastry. The Hearty Breakfast Pie is scrambled eggs, tomato, baked beans, mushrooms and hotdog-style sausages… all in a pie crust.
5. Truffle pie
From: Atmosphere, Burj Khalifa
It’s always worth visiting Atmosphere, perched as it is on the 122th floor of the Burj Khalifa. But the upscale lounge and restaurant also has an interesting menu – the focal point of which is the truffle pie, which is made from foie gras, truffle and a perigeaux sauce.