Have you ever eaten real gold? Growing up in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace was the place where all the big events happened. Graduation, weddings, the must-see tourist spot, water sport competitions, art exhibitions, etc. One of the many unique aspects of Emirates Palace was their incorporation of gold in the experiences within the 5-star hotel.
The Christmas tree ornaments of real jewels and gold. The solid gold vending machine that vended, well, gold. The private beaches. The symmetry in architecture - Emirates Palace, the 5-star luxury hotel, was and is not only a symbol of opulence in Abu Dhabi but also a curation of art and cultural hub within itself, in my opinion.
And the food here...is no less. Although I have only dined at the Emirates Palace without an occasion once, the cafe was something I have gone to almost every visit there. Whether for a quick photoshoot, taking a friend or relative for a tour, art exhibition, music recital, you name it - the cafe was a must go because their 23K gold encrusted food items. Yes, gold in your digestive system, was the Abu Dhabi way to do it.
Gold flake encrusted beverages and or food items was an Emirates Palace staple. Because I am not a coffee drinker, the camel milk ice cream was something I enjoyed and it too had gold flakes on it!
Back when they started serving 23K gold, I had not yet heard of it being used anywhere else in dining experiences in such an accessible way - the ice cream was only AED 40*! This is a unique dining experience and I would 100% recommend if you are ever in Abu Dhabi.
I haven't actively lived in Abu Dhabi since I left for college, it seems that the gold topped beverages and desserts have evolved and the location has changed to be outside instead of being in the inside pavilion. Although I am yet to take a trip back to Abu Dhabi in a post COVID world, here is the updated menu for now: Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental
Hi! My name is Vaishnavi and this is a curation of all things food. I travel a lot and since an early age, much like both my grandmothers, I have enjoyed cooking, baking, exploring dining options, and experimenting with food. In college, I started @foodbyvivarmaa as a creative outlet for all things food related. And since then, friends and family have asked me for recommendations and recipes and I thought why not make a traditional blog? Growing up in India and UAE and now living in NYC I have been privileged to be exposed to a very diverse set of dining experiences. My parents gave us the opportunity to travel all over, which has only further expanded my curiosity to explore more. Although I don't put a label on it, 90% of my diet is vegetarian. In India, cooking and eating food is a community ritual. Most of my favorite memories revolve around having a good meal with those who I love. To continue that tradition, I hope to curate my own community as I travel and continue building my life in different parts of the world & hopefully inspire and give others the same feeling of community brought together by food.