May 30, 2023

DUBAI FOOD TOUR BY BICYCLE | Exploring the Previous Dubai Via Palates and Pedals

Dubai and I, we have now an on-and-off relationship. My three-year tumultuous try to remain (or go away) the town that did nothing however love me was tiring however admittedly exhilarating. Due to this, to fulfill somebody born and raised in Dubai is one thing fairly astonishing to me.

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“I’ll always remember you,” I advised Lara as we biked facet by facet alongside Jumeirah Street. My amazement couldn’t be hidden from my face as she talked about residing within the metropolis along with her complete household, with completely no plans of transferring to a different nation.

What makes her keep, I requested. “As a result of there is no such thing as a motive for me to go away.”

“Not even the recent climate?” I probed some extra. “No,” she replied, and she or he smiled the only and most gratified smile I’ve seen on somebody’s face.


It was a bummer, to say the least, to have missed one cease due to unexpected circumstances, but it surely was very considerate of the group to order an additional drink so I can nonetheless attempt what they’d.

The primary cease of the tour was Blends Juice Bar, a snack store close to the Umm Suqeim Park. I acquired the “Arabian Basic” – one thing was telling me that there’s acquired to be dates on this combination someplace, and boy was I right. Properly, what higher method to begin a Dubai meals tour than by placing a highlight on its well-loved fruit, proper?

Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle

See, within the few years that I had been residing in Dubai, I’ve by no means come to love dates. Nevertheless, this drink was a recreation changer. Blended with almond, milk and low-fat yoghurt, the date drink positively discovered its method to me. It had the correct amount of sweetness that extra sugar was not obligatory.


We proceeded to the second cease of the tour. Located alongside the sandy shores of Kite Seashore, ‘Salt’ prompted fairly a stir notably in social media this yr with the discharge of the mysterious hashtag #findsalt. The idea was a brainchild of two Emiratis on the lookout for a brand new eating expertise in Dubai.

Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle
From Salt Kite Seashore Fb Account


On this cease, we had been served the “Hook” – Wagyu beef sliders made full with the incorporation of melted cheese, jalapenos and lettuce, all of them tuck in comfortable butter buns.

Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle
From Salt Kite Seashore Fb Account


A number of burps after, we moved ahead to the subsequent vacation spot.

As we pedaled forth to a different restaurant, we stopped for some time to interact ourselves within the close by Dubai fishermen’s neighborhood. The view was utterly surreal; the towering buildings of recent Dubai function an industrial background to the quaint fishing boats of the outdated metropolis.

Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle
Photograph by Fredrik Öhlander on Unsplash


Throughout the waters, fishermen docked their boats, signaling a harvest day’s finish. Alongside the pathways, a couple of lads rested amidst a throng of fishnets as they watched a companion sew a brand new internet from a spool of inexperienced thread. On the other dry land, friends sat al fresco at a restaurant located proper in the midst of the busy port. Our subsequent vacation spot, maybe? 


Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle

Overlooking the Jumeirah dock, Seaview Seafood Restaurant boasts not solely of its good view of the harbor but in addition of its recent catch being served to its friends every day. As you go contained in the restaurant, you see some native fish and different seafood laid down on a mattress of ice, prepared for selecting (and calling you by identify!) For this tour, Mary, our style information, picked a good looking Jash for us to attempt.

Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle

Some nice tales later, our server arrived with a plate of fragrant goodness. The Jash was barbecued over charcoal and served with a flavorful mixture of tomatoes, candy pepper, onion, garlic and parsley. ‘Fluffy’ garlic sesame bread accompanied the dish effectively.

Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle

The occasional breeze and the complete abdomen virtually acquired us staying and lounging for a short while, however extra meals adventures awaited, so off we went.


The following cease was a pleasant shock to me. Again after I used to frequent Jumeirah highway often, I at all times handed by Turath Al-Mandi Restaurant. To be sincere, it was one of many locations the place I don’t see myself getting into as a result of the idea appeared too unfamiliar to me. As we speak, I used to be glad I did.

Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle

Mary and Lara spoke extremely of the place, the meals and the tradition intertwining each. As sisters who grew up uncovered to wealthy Arabic household traditions, this cease may be one near their hearts.

Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle

We fashioned a circle and sat on the carpeted flooring. The dish for this cease was Hen and Lamb Mandi. The meat was slowly cooked in a conventional oven, making it juicy, flavorful and tender. The mattress of rice – it was cooked beneath the rooster and the lamb, so all of the goodness of the meat’s taste was additionally included within the grains.

Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle

With two sauces served alongside the Mandi plate, Mary started placing a spoonful of every sauce on prime of a bit of lamb, demonstrating methods to collect all the weather by hand and placing a spoonful’s price to your mouth.

Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle

Consuming utilizing one’s naked fingers – it’s clearly nothing new to an Asian like me. Nevertheless, as we went about on this meals journey and as I continued to search out similarities between the Arabic tradition and mine, it made me smile pondering how associated everybody was, cultural variations apart.


To finish the tour on a candy word, we dug into the pastry balls; one chunk and I knew it was in some way harking back to the bite-sized doughnuts and deep-fried churros I preferred making. The balls had been made extra particular by the date syrup and a few sesame seeds generously drizzled on prime of the heavenly heap.

With dates we began, so with dates we will finish.  Kudos to Mary and Lara of Tastecapade for a well-organized Dubai Meals Tour by Bicycle!

Dubai Food Tour by Bicycle
Photograph by Alejandro Lopez on Unsplash



Tour charge: 385 AED per individual

Inclusions: Bike rental, style information, and as much as 9 dishes to be served

Minimal contributors per tour: 2

Most contributors per tour: 7

For bookings and different inquiries, take a look at the official Tastecapade website.