“We’ve seen many cities around the world celebrate their local and international cuisines through city-wide food festivals”, they explain, “and we felt the time was right for Kuwait to have one of its own”.
Whilst the concept is simple - to bring together twenty-four independently - owned and Kuwaiti run and inspired restaurants and cafés (no franchises - hooray!) under one roof - its implementation requires planning on an almost military level.
This will be the first time so many restaurants have shared the same space giving the diner an opportunity to sample from the menu of new as well as well-known and much loved favourites. At your table you’ll be presented with one menu - which means you can have your appetizer from (let’s say) Saso, your main from The Kitchen, and your dessert from ScoopACone. Pick your own combination from up to twenty-four different restaurants - the permutations of taste, flavour and style and almost limitless, and certainly unique.
A Taste of Kuwait will chalk-up a number of ‘firsts’. It will also be the first time diners will be invited to book their table online. By visiting the event website at ‘www.tasteofkuwait.com’ diners will be able to log in and reserve a table - and a specific table too based on the event’s floor plan - at their chosen time slot.
On arrival you’ll be guided to your table, and having placed your order with the waiter, this will be passed this on (electronically of course) to the appropriate restaurant - each of the participating restaurants has its own food preparation around the periphery of the space.
Perhaps this is too much information - you’ll be there for the food and the ambience rather than to marvel at how the whole thing was put together and works. That’s Bedoor and Noor’s problem. Right?
Right. Alongside the food there will also be displays of high-end fashion - courtesy of Villa Moda, fast cars - from Lamborghini, and motorbikes - Ducatti and BMW. Fashion, fast cars, and food. How can it fail?
You’ll see from the images shown here that attention has been paid to every detail - the décor for the space would be outstanding in any setting. That this will cover 3,300 square meters of land (2,700 under canvas, the remainder in the open air) next to one of Kuwait’s best known hotels - the Safir at Bneid Al Gar - only adds its cache. The concept for the interior is the work of another Al Shebli sister - May, together with Mishaal Khazaal.
Bedoor and Noor have worked with the restaurants on which elements of their menu will be included in Taste of Kuwait - some have come up with exciting new dishes for the event.
Enough to get your taste-buds tingling? It is ours.
An important element of the event extends much further than celebrating great food. For this year’s first Taste of Kuwait, the girls have selected to support the Kuwait Thalassemia Society (KTS). Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder, and whilst treatment is improving, there is still a lot to be learned that will one day benefit sufferers. A portion of the sales generated during Taste of Kuwait will be donated to the KTS, and visitors will be able to make further donations.
You can find out more about Taste of Kuwait at www.tasteofkuwait.com also on Facebook.
Participating restaurants include: The Baking Tray, Meli Melo, Saso, The Kitchen, Mediterrano, Q Café, Living Room Lounge, Ayyame, Sushi Club, Melenzane and more. Around fourteen more actually…