Expo 2020 Dubai is the place to be, now more than ever, as the World Expo has expanded its offerings and experiences before raising the curtains on March 31.
Whether it’s a big concert on various stages or a cultural journey in one of the many pavilions, visitors get an unforgettable experience. One of the site’s many attractions is the ongoing Restaurant Week, part of the Expo 2020 Food Festival. Until February 27, Restaurant Week celebrates and showcases the talents of chefs with limited fixed menus at exceptional prices to offer visitors a chance to become the ultimate connoisseur. We visited The National by Geoffrey Zakarian to sample its must-have Modern American cuisine.
Surely you must have seen The National during your expedition to the Expo 2020 Dubai site; it’s hard to miss a structure when its neighbor is an architectural masterpiece, also the heart of the world’s fair – Al Wasl Dome.
Located at one of the entrances to the dome, The National unquestionably offers breathtaking views. The interiors complement the location and are in line with the restaurant’s modern concept – a key element in bringing visitors back. Ambiance is also a strong point, perfect when accompanied by a loved one. Or, even when you’re solo, the views and the drinks are good company.
Speaking of drinks, we started our culinary journey with the Passion Fruit Basil Mule. The combination of fresh passion fruit and minty herbs served to refresh us for what was to follow – the classic Chicken Caesar and fan favorite of entree salads. As health conscious individuals, we were naturally inclined towards the salad, which was as good as it was filling.
But that was not all because Perfect, our attendant for the day (that’s his name, we’re not kidding), brought us the Za’atar rubbed lamb chops. It came with Bulgarian wheat, which looked like (but tasted different from) a well-known South Indian favorite, Upma. The icing on the cake of these tasteful medium-cooked lamb chops is literally cherries – pickled cherries.
For vegetarians, The National has less to offer. But what they have is top quality. One of the options, Burrata and Truffle, suitable for vegetarians, hit the mark as it reminded us of a certain fragrant dish that we enjoy at home. Although a little sweet to start, the burrata and truffle went well with a slice of bread.
We saved the pizzas and sandwiches for another time and quickly moved on to the dessert menu. There’s no better way to end a foodie journey than with a chocolate lava cake and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. As they say, save the best for last.
The National breakfast menu is priced at Dh69, the two-course lunch menu is Dh125 and the three-course dinner menu is priced at Dh250 per person.
Other restaurants to try during Expo 2020 Dubai Restaurant Week:
Discover fine dining with this ultra-luxurious experience in the heart of the Expo with a two-course lunch menu for Dh125 or the three-course menu for Dh250 per person.
Alif Café from Farm2Table
Awaken your taste buds with a delicious two-course menu for 95 Dh or a three-course menu for 150 Dh per person. The offer includes a welcome drink on arrival and signature items such as roasted pumpkin hummus and yogurt, honey black pepper chicken. The little ones can choose from the children’s menu available for 25 Dh.
Kutir offers a punchy, authentic and traditional Indian menu. It is prepared in party style, creating a relaxed setting with the two-course lunch menu available for Dh125 or the three-course sunset set menu for Dh250.
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