Well I finished my burger post and ate an enormous, unquestionably gourmet burger cooked on the barbeque at home. It had a fried egg on top and melting gruyere oozing through every layer. Not just in my garden, but all around the world and certainly over the border in Dubai, gourmet burgers are thriving.
At the Beach Canteen - part of the Dubai Food Festival - I visited the pop-up restaurant of Moylo's, a local start-up and the brainchild of two Emirati brothers. The highlight of their small but perfectly formed menu is wagyu beef burgers - imagine the caramelisation! Moylo's smartly emphasises its homegrown roots, to the delight of locals, who are increasingly supportive of anything with a little soul and originality. They source their ingredients as close to home, insofar as that's possible - sadly even in Dubai there are no bovine massage parlours for those chosen wagyu few - and everything is prepared in-house, fresh and from scratch. There's nothing cut and paste about the dishes or the decor; the concept came into being after one of the founding brothers, Ismail, noticed the high demand among friends for his secret homemade barbeque sauce, and everything about the restaurant has grown organically from there on out. Only open for four months (in Jumeirah), Moylo's is already looking to expand within the UAE and can barely meet the demand for their premium burgers.
Just down the beach from the Canteen venue was another nice burger surprise; Salt. Another homegrown concept, Salt is one of country's very few food trucks. I like food trucks because you get a sense of discovery when you come across one - that stumbled upon moment. Salt capitalises on this beautifully - their hashtag across social media is #findsalt. Incredibly delicious burgers; again, a small, specialised menu, executed really well with great ingredients. And their set-up is fantastic; two vintage Airstream silver bullets, and shaded tables made from wooden palettes, on a little sandy stretch with amazing views: sun, sea, and Salt.
(You've got another weekend to enjoy the Dubai Food Festival. It ends on the 28th.)