Known for its heritage, its monarchy, its weather (unfortunately!) and its cosmopolitan cities, Great Britain sadly does not have a fantastic reputation when it comes to food, with other countries in Europe even joking that the British don’t know how to cook at all!
Well, with the help of British Chef Marco Pierre White, Wheeler’s of St James, one of the better restaurants in Dubai, is definitely proving the critics wrong and bringing the much-loved British classics to the city with the celebration of Wheeler’s Great British Roast.
From their crunchy Yorkshire Puddings and Roast Beef to their gooey Sticky Toffee Pudding and punchy Rhubarb and Custard, they have thought of all the traditional favourites from this small but mighty island.
This menu, however, is not just a menu; it is a history lesson on all the British classics, with the majority of the dishes dating back centuries and now in the United Arab Emirates. The recipe for Spotted Dick, for example, was first documented in 1849, while Welsh Rarebit, a cheesy toast concoction, dates back to the early 1700s, supposedly named after the Welsh’s love for cheese!
Even Eton Mess has been served since the early 19th century, when pupils at England’s famous Eton College would get given this mix of meringue, strawberries and cream after their annual cricket game against archrivals Harrow School.
Delivered as an extraordinary five-course meal, your taste buds are kept excited and awaiting the next course as the amuse bouche and soup of the day line your stomach for the fresh tasting starters. Choose from Eggs Benedict, Heritage Beetroot Salad, Italian Burrata or King Prawn Cocktail to start off your meal before delving into the main event. Although other options include, Corn-fed Roast Chicken, Fish of the Day and Fish Pie, the obvious main course choice for Brits on a weekend would be the delicious Famous Weekend Carvery.
Even though Sunday is not part of the weekend in Dubai, it does not mean the good old Sunday roast cannot be celebrated on a Friday or a Saturday! Served with a homemade Yorkshire Pudding, named so due to its creation in the north of England in the early 1700s, some classic winter vegetables, juicy roast beef and an extra helping of good old-fashioned gravy, this Carvery dinner is something even Queen Elizabeth would be proud of. Finish off your meal with your choice of classic British desserts, some cheese and, of course, some tea.
Wheeler’s Great British Roast can also be enjoyed with the added beverage-pairing package, which will see each of your dishes accompanied by selected drinks, with the flavours in the glass perfectly complementing those on your plate. This side of the menu will also showcase some beverages loved by the British public, including classic summer drinks, winter warmers and palate refreshers.
Adding the Great back into the Great British Roast, Wheeler’s, arguably among the more popular restaurants in Dubai is located in DIFC; and offers a fantastic spread every Friday and Saturday lunchtime and dinnertime, perfect for all the Brits in Dubai to experience a little slice of home. The menu really has been produced bearing in mind all the classic dishes Britain has come to perfect over the centuries, adding a contemporary touch to traditional cuisine.
The Great British Roast menu available at Wheeler’s really does sum up what Britain is all about; a friendly atmosphere, simple ingredients, and hearty meals to keep you warm throughout the cold British winter. So, just close your eyes; imagine the AC is in fact a chilly winter breeze, and let your palate transport you back from the United Arab Emirates to the British Isles of yesteryear.