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The Filipino-style barbecue platter at Golden Fork.

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Food review: Golden Fork’s Filipino barbecue platter

 

DUBAI – It was a busy night along 2nd December Street in Dubai when Expat Media dropped by Golden Fork’s newly re-opened outlet in Dunes Shopping Centre.

We were excited to try out the restaurant chain’s new food offers and decided to dine al fresco since the cooler weather made the perfect setting.

The two-storey restaurant has undergone a facelift that left it looking more modern, bright and definitely more inviting. Its dining area outside provided the perfect spot for people watching on one of Dubai’s busiest and oldest streets.

There was already a sizeable crowd at Golden Fork when we arrived: two Arab families enjoying their orders outside; an African pair and two groups of Filipinos dining inside.

In the last three decades, Golden Fork has continued to reinvent itself to be more inclusive in its menu offerings, which is probably why it is one of the UAE’s longest surviving restaurant chain.

The new menu still has the familiar mix of Middle Eastern, International and Asian cuisines—the perfect example of this melting pot we call Dubai. We were thrilled to see some new Filipino food delights.

The manager recommended that we try their Pinoy-inspired barbecue platter consisting of shrimps, a slice of fish, squid and chicken all generously basted with barbecue sauce.

The light surf and turf was perfectly grilled, with just the right amount of sweet we’ve come to expect in a Filipino-style barbecue.

We loved that the barbecued delights were served on a platter topped with banana leaf for that tinge of tradition and nostalgia.

The taste was spot on. The serving size is modest for platter that costs Dh47.50, so if you are a big seafood lover, you’ll probably want this platter all to yourself.

We also loved the side of pickled papaya and ensaladang manga (mango salad), rice, as well as fried eggplant topped with bagoong (shrimp paste), which completed the dish. JMYDS/Expat Media

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