Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 4 December 2020

The Midas touch: Gold-encrusted dishes you can order in the UAE

From glittering cuppas to 24-karat burrata, here are some of the most extravagant items found on UAE menus

When it comes to food, nothing quite says opulence like a garnishing of gold.

And with the UAE being home to some truly exquisite fine-dining establishments, gilded dishes and drinks form a common sight on menus.

It is a bit surprising, especially since the glittering material doesn’t offer anything in terms of taste. Edible gold, which is usually 23 to 24 karats, and served crushed as a powder for garnishing or pounded into a fine sheet, is flavourless.

It’s done little to slow its demand, however, with a number of restaurants launching new dishes or limited-edition items for that extra wow-factor.

Thinking of getting a taste of opulence? Then check out these UAE dishes that are, well, worth their weight in gold.

The dishes can be seen in the gallery above.

24-karat gold burrata from Marea Dubai

The DIFC haunt is the latest to launch a glittering offering, and there really is something about a golden burrata that screams Dubai.

The newly launched dish comprises handmade burrata flown in from southern Italy, coated with 24-karat gold leaf and accompanied by fresh tomatoes, Taggiasca olive oil and salsa verde, all for Dh220.

Glittering dim sum from Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

Hakkasan has long been known as a king of luxury Cantonese food. Its Abu Dhabi branch, located at Emirates Palace hotel, serves up a gold leaf har gau as part of its supreme dim sum platter, priced at Dh135.

Earlier this year, the Dubai branch, located at Atlantis, The Palm, also launched a limited-edition gold-coated duck, in celebration of China’s Golden Week. The duck is no longer available, but it’s well worth keeping an eye out to see whether the dish, part of a three-course meal priced at Dh418 per person, will make a reappearance.

Dim sum garnished with gold is available from Hakkasan Abu Dhabi. Supplied
Dim sum garnished with gold is available from Hakkasan Abu Dhabi. Supplied

Armani Golden Cappuccino from Armani Hotel Dubai

The hotel’s gilded drink, available at Armani / Lounge, is made from Arabic beans and 23-karat gold. The “luxury in a cup”, as they call it, goes for Dh80.

Gold striploin steak from Doors Freestyle Grill

The steakhouse has something for any guest who wants to “dine like royalty” – a succulent striploin steak that is coated in a fine sheet of gold. The extravagant dish is yours to carve up for Dh786. The restaurant can also add gold on to other dishes upon request.

Black Diamond sundae from Scoopi Cafe

The cafe located on Jumeirah Beach Road offers what may very well be the UAE’s most extravagant dessert. The Black Diamond sundae made with vanilla bean ice cream from Madagascar, saffron from Iran, rare black truffles from Italy and 23-karat gold edible flakes and powder, all served in a Versace bowl with a Versace spoon — which you get to keep. It’s little wonder this ostentatious dish is priced at Dh3,000.

Gold offerings from Emirates Palace Hotel

Edible gold seems to be something of a theme at this luxury hotel in the capital. Le Cafe, within the hotel, is known for its gold-topped chocolates and ice cream cones, while the Emirates Palace cappuccino (Dh69) also has a sprinkling of 23-karat gold flakes.

Sticky date pudding from Ce La Vi Dubai

The luxurious Singaporean restaurant that opened on level 54 of the Address Sky View hotel earlier this year has a number of tempting options, including the black truffle sushi rice risotto and roasted black cod. Round off your meal with their sticky date pudding (Dh65), made with Medjool dates, candied walnuts, brown butter ice cream and hot toffee sauce. And a sprinkling of gold, of course.

Everything at 24 Karat Dubai

Those looking to elevate their food can head down to 24 Karat Dubai, which offers diners the chance to have gold sprinkled on any of their dishes. Each dish comes with two price tags, one for the normal version and one for the gold version.

A strawberry tart from Shimmers

Those looking for a luxe sweet treat can head over to the Mediterranean restaurant in Jumeirah Mina A'Salam. The strawberry tart there comes with orange blossom cream, a Modena balsamic vinegar reduction and a touch of gold. It is priced at Dh64.

Updated: November 4, 2020 07:07 PM

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