Time Out Market Dubai, the food and cultural market rooted in editorial curation, reveals a selection of its acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs joining the first Market to launch in the Middle East. The brand-new Market will be located in Downtown’s Souk Al Bahar and is set to open to the public in the first quarter of 2021.

The eight award-winning chefs and homegrown local favourites will be part of the 17 concessionaires joining the line-up at Time Out Market Dubai. Handpicked and tasted by local Time Out Dubai experts, the culinary talent features Dubai foodie favourites including: Indian fusion concept MASTI; Modern Eastern eatery BB Social; extraordinary European cuisine from folly by Nick & Scott; local hero Vietnamese Foodies; simply delicious burgers by Pickl; Dubai’s favourite ‘New York meets Neapolitan’ pizza place Pitfire; contemporary dessert specialists Brix and craft coffee roastery Nightjar.

Time Out captures and showcases the excitement and diversity of each iconic city and Time Out Market brings it to life through food, drink and unique cultural experiences celebrating the soul of the city in an extraordinary casual-dining experience. With locations in Lisbon, Miami, New York, Boston, Montreal and Chicago, the Time Out Market portfolio enters Dubai in partnership with Emaar Malls. The Market is located in the heart of Downtown Dubai in Souk Al Bahar, an old-Arabia-themed retail, entertainment and dining destination. Time Out Market Dubai will boast scenic waterfront views overlooking Burj Lake, a location right next door to The Dubai Mall and the iconic Burj Khalifa, which attracts millions of visitors each year.

Time Out Market Dubai spans 30,000 sq ft and will offer a carefully curated mix of 17 eateries, three bars, art and cultural spaces, making it a ‘must visit’ destination to experience the city's culinary scene and the extraordinary cultural experiences in one place.

Didier Souillat, CEO of Time Out Market commented:“We are very proud to unveil the first lineup of chefs and restaurateurs, which reads like the who’s who of Dubai’s homegrown culinary talent. Our aim for Time Out Market Dubai is to create a vibrant reflection of this city’s excellent and diverse restaurant scene and offer the clientele of the Souk Al Bahar a mouth-watering mix of innovative cuisine and gastronomical delights. We are dedicated to democratising fine dining and making Time Out Market Dubai a place where people get a true taste of the city.

Time Out Market Dubai will be the first location to open in a Covid world. We have ensured the best safety measures are in place for our guests, restaurateurs and employees without compromising on the fun atmosphere that makes dining at Time Out Market an exceptional experience. We can’t wait to welcome everyone in!”

The Market is designed with the highest safety precautions in mind and will operate in strict accordance with UAE Government guidelines. Time Out Market Dubai will implement advanced air circulation technology and state-of-the-art fresh-air filtration systems. To ensure continuous cleanliness, health and safety communication vestibules will be at the entrance with sanitizing stations. There will be a dedicated cleaning crew and plexiglass shields at all eatery counters and bars. To promote social distancing, artfully designed dividers will feature inscribed quotes from local thought leaders at all dining tables. In addition, customers can now place contactless orders via the Time Out Market app.

The first all-star line-up joining Time Out Market Dubai includes:

Chef Prashant Chipkar of multi-award-winning MASTI will present mouth-watering Indian cuisine with a twist of global influences at Time Out Market Dubai
Award-winning chef Prashant Chipkar is best known for his reinterpretation of classic Indian cuisine. Winner of the Best Indian Restaurant 2019 in Dubai at both the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards and the BBC Good Food Magazine Middle East Awards 2019, MASTI (which literally translates as ‘fun and mischief’) infuses modernity with tradition and colour with flavour, creating an expression of ‘New India’. At Time Out Market Dubai, chef Hari will offer mouth-watering combinations of Indian food with global influences including spicy lamb scotch eggs, chipotle paneer and kheema kebab popsicles.

Drawing on influences from across the globe, BB Social Dining will bring Asian-meets-Middle Eastern cuisine to Time Out Market Dubai
BB Social Dining, from co-owners Spero Panagakis and chef Alexander Stumpf, is a unique homegrown concept with an incredible Modern Eastern menu, offering fresh, compelling dishes to suit all palates. Highly commended at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2020, at Time Out Market Dubai BB Social will focus on “Bites and Bao”, presenting signature dishes including the habibi (short rib bao), habibiti (soft shell crab bao), cauliflower popcorn with truffle tofu sauce, and its renowned wagyu katsu with tonkatsu mayonnaise.

Dubai’s highly acclaimed folly by Nick & Scott will serve up a modern take on European cuisine
Founded by Nick Alvis and Scott Price, who met while working for culinary legend Gordon Ramsay, folly by Nick & Scott is passionate about ensuring that diners have the best possible time while enjoying exceptional food and drink. With a focus on flavour and a commitment to sourcing high-quality produce, this contemporary eatery, which is part of Gates Hospitality, is the current holder of Time Out Dubai’s ‘Best European Restaurant’ award, and will bring outstanding, European cuisine to Time Out Market Dubai.

Vietnamese Foodies will bring the culinary diversity of Ho Chi Minh City to Time Out Market Dubai
Since opening in 2018, Vietnamese Foodies has transported diners in Dubai to the bustling streets of Southern Vietnam with favourites such as ho and goi cuon. Vietnamese Foodies is the result of Chef Lily Hoa Nguyen’s love for cooking and her passion to fill the gap of authentic and delicious Vietnamese food in Dubai’s culinary landscape. Using the freshest ingredients and spices, this respected local restaurateur will bring the richly aromatic flavors of Southeast Asia to Time Out Market Dubai, with dishes including short rib pho, coconut prawns complemented by a selection of rotating specials.

Pickl will bring its deliciously ‘simple, not basic burgers’ to Time Out Market Dubai
Pickl will serve up its city-beating burgers at Time Out Market Dubai using its own curation of sauces, pickles and the freshest ingredients from around the world. A homegrown concept that debuted in 2019, Pickl was launched by a self-confessed burger nut with a vision to create a burger movement, converting even the ‘non-burgerites’ to its delicious beefy, eggie or ice-cream filled buns. The burgerologists cook burgers fresh to order using only the best US beef patties and potato buns that soak up juices like no other.

Pitfire will bring Dubai’s favourite pizza, best described as ‘New York meets Neapolitan’, to Time Out Market Dubai
Self-confessed pizza obsessives husband and wife duo Bill & Michele Johnson have spent years perfecting the art and craft of producing their award winning pizza at Pitfire. The restaurant's garlic knots and pizzas are made fresh daily with dough proofed for 48 hours to produce a gorgeously soft, yet crispy crust full of flavour. Pizzas arrive layered with crushed Italian tomatoes, locally-produced mozzarella and Pitfire’s quality signature toppings. Combinations and seasonal specials include the Pitfire Primo, the Truff Daddy and Bill’s Special, with Pitfire’s seasoned tomato sauce with Italian sausage, a dash of parmesan and Sicilian oregano, plus a molton mozzarella and provolone cheese blend.

A haven for diners with a sweet tooth, contemporary dessert bar Brix will offer an exquisite and endless range of creative desserts
With an aim to serve desserts that will excite Dubai foodies, Brix will provide diners at Time Out Market Dubai an elevated, unforgettable dessert experience by serving innovative and decadent curations. The menu includes mould-breaking chocolate truffles and regionally-inspired dessert bowls such as karak tea cheesecake, the coveted luscious African powerhouse and an array of handcrafted truffles and bonbons to take home.

Nightjar is the city’s most eclectic eatery, coffee roastery and zero-alc-brewery, serving up quality craft brews and libations on site at Time Out Market Dubai
Nightjar is a home-grown, Dubai-based brand much loved by the arts, music and hipster set. Formed in 2017 by a group of coffee creatives, its guiding philosophy is “Give A Damn”; be it from sourcing distinctive green coffee under strict Direct Trade principles, to batch roasting and hand crafting drinks with personality. At Time Out Market Dubai, Nightjar will serve an extensive range, including cold brew coffee, tea and kombucha on tap, nitro infused tomfoolery and freaky geeky mocktails. The big hitters from Nightjar’s kitchen will also feature, such as its legendary Bombay chicken frankie, salt beef, butties and toasties, custard pie and cold brew panna cotta.

Time Out Market Dubai will announce more additions to the culinary line-up in the weeks leading up to the grand opening.


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At the heart of Downtown Dubai in the Souk Al Bahar retail, entertainment and dining destination, Time Out Market Dubai will be a new hotspot for food and culture lovers.