It’s no secret that food trucks and pop-up restaurants are the new craze in UAE. Some of the more recognizable names include Salt, which now has a permanent home in at least three different emirates, Moti Roti, the Ramadan favourite and of course Parker’s, no key no entry. So it’s no surprise that a permanent food truck park has finally opened up in Dubai.
Last Exit is located on E11 on the way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, just outside Jebel Ali which makes it a great alternative to stopping at the Adnoc service stations on the way back from Abu Dhabi.
What’s great about the place is that not only does it have a drive-through in case you’re in a hurry, but there’s also plenty of parking if you want to get some rest before hitting the road again.
An interesting thing to note is that despite the absence of most of the big names, there are plenty of new-comers which shows the food truck business is alive and well. From burgers at Burger Pit, to coffee at the prerequisite Starbucks and dessert at Clinton Street Baking Company, you’re all set for a hearty meal. And of course, no food truck park can be complete without karak and parathas from My Karak.
With its vintage 1950s feel, the park is a great place to visit, even if you’re not a foodie (is there such a thing?). Not only are the food trucks painted with 50s themes, the indoor dining area is a blast into the past complete with a pinball machine and a juke box.
From the gas pump nozzle door handles to the bicycle spoke lights, there’s no place left without decoration. I didn’t go into the restroom, but later found out even that is a work of art.
While the indoor dining area will be the obvious preference in summers, the outdoor dining area will be a hit in winter. The seats are made from re-purposed tyres and the tables are old barrels. What’s not to love!
If you do get a chance to go, leave me a comment and recommend something yummy to try on my next visit :)