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5 urban food trucks in Dubai

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Food trucks are the pinnacle of urban dining these days, and the dishes on offer are a far cry from greasy roadside grub.

You’ll find the trendy trucks at festivals, events, markets, or even just parked outside a hotel. Although some still serve up the likes of hot dogs and burgers, there’s nothing standard about these food vans. They aim to deliver simple high quality food with a unique twist. Think Mexican burritos and posh fish finger sandwiches. Here’s our ShortList of favourites…

Vida Hotels and Resorts Food Truck
What: 
It’s a throwback to the 70s with Vida Hotel’s retro truck. The 23-foot Airstream safari tuck is manned by a team of chefs who prepare gourmet treats, such as sophisticated street food and light lunches. Most of the menu is typical fast food with a stylish twist – Mexican burritos, mac ‘n’ cheese, ceviche, and popcorn pita. Throughout Ramadan the Arabic inspired dishes include zaatar and pomegranate grilled sandwich, lamb ouzi sliders and almond chicken shawarma buns.
Times: Open from 7pm to 11pm throughout Ramadan
Details: Parked outside of Manzil Downtown, Downtown Dubai, 04 428 5 888, [email protected]

Ghaf Kitchen
What: The UAE’s first gourmet kitchen on wheels is housed in an iconic 1959 Citroen H Van. You’ll most likely find it at private parties and events. They provide a made-to-order, personalised catering service, so you’ll never get bored of their menu. However, they do have a few specialities that they are known for, which include the Ghaf prawn cocktail and the posh fish finger sandwich. Find them at the Ramadan Garden pop-up serving a mouth-watering Arabic Iftar and customised juices.
Times: Open for Iftar from 7.30pm, booking recommended
Details: A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue until Eid, 04 443 0355, www.ghafkitchen.com

Salt
What:
 The hugely popular burger van has three locations across the UAE, including Dubai, Ajman and Abu Dhabi, but it’s most renowned for its beach branch location in Jumeirah. The shiny metal van isn’t hard to miss with its regular long queue of eager diners, patiently waiting to order fun high-quality food. Salt’s menu includes dishes such as Wagyu sliders, Cheetos chicken and fire fries.
Times: Open from 7pm to 11pm during Ramadan
Details: Kite Beach, Jumeirah, Instagram – @findsalt

Moti Roti
What: Designed to mimic a tuk-tuk, Moti Roti is a mobile food van serving Pakistani street food, minus the grease. They specialise in handmade, curry filled rotis – Pakistan and India’s equivalent of a shawarma. And if a wrap isn’t what you are after, they also offer curried rice or salad boxes.
Times: 11am to 9pm, Sunday to Thursday
Details: They have a pop-up location in Media One hotel (closed during Ramadan), but also keep an eye out for their food truck at upcoming events. www.motiroti.me

Melt Food Truck
What: Specialising in healthy alternatives to sugar-filled ice cream, Melt is local desert company on wheels. The truck is regularly spotted at events such as Rugby Sevens and Ripe market, but for the moment it’s parked in JBR. The Ramadan special is camel milk frozen yogurt with organic date syrup and organic dates and flax seeds.
Times: 7pm to 11pm during Ramadan
Details: Ocean View Hotel, JBR. www.meltandmore.com

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