Emirati Cuisine? What? Yes please! We never had the occasion to find a local restaurant serving genuine Emirati cuisine, but we got invited to cook it instead at the Culinary Boutique, launched on December 15th. What Mitch & I thought would be a crash course, turned out to be a 3 hour-long class. Emirati cuisine requires a lot of prep work and we did spend over 2 hours to chop chop chop and spice up everything!
Straight after work during a rare hard rain in Dubai, we headed to the Jumeirah Beach Road venue, that has been a massive hit since its debut. Opened by Emirati entrepreneur Hessa Al Qassim, the Culinary Boutique has the incredible Chef Julius Mutava, teaching the art of everything from knife work to traditional Emirati dishes which we participated in.
Throughout the whole cooking session, we learned a lot about cooking but also enjoyed his happy personality. He has worked in kitchens all around the world and we ended the night enjoying our meals out on the restaurant terrace while listening to his funny stories. Not only we had a good time with the staff, we were accompanied with fun cooking buddies Sara & Sharifa.
Cooking classes are sure a fun way to learn some new culinary skills, meet people and enjoy high quality food – as it is expertly cooked by you! Mitch & I learned some tips that are super helpful, like how to chop our onions in cubes faster and how to smash/cut our garlic properly by pressing down with the flat knife hard.
Enjoy the picture took at the CB, during which we cooked Kofta, Salouna and some Machboos.
There are other classes at other rates, you can access their cooking class schedule here.
When visiting Dubai, make sure to pass by the Culinary Boutique to at least to try their infamous brekkie!
Huge thank you to the Culinary Boutique for the rich experience & hospitality.