When it comes to experiential dinner events, few people do it better than the maestros at INKED Dubai. The innovative homegrown concept is known to create some of the most memorable dining experiences in the region; each bringing together a careful curation of sensorial elements that work to whisk guests away on a multidimensional culinary journey. So when we heard that Gaggenau was partnering up with INKED to bring its internationally sold-out dinner pop-up to Dubai, we knew this was one event we simply could not miss.
The woodland-inspired table setting
Upon entering the dining space, we were immediately transported into the wintery depths of Gaggenau’s spiritual birthplace: the iconic Black Forest. The air was cool and misty with fresh scents of rich soil and wood heightening the short walk through the pine trees to the magical candlelit table setting. It’s a wonderful mystical winter wonderland - like something that could belong within a Disney Maleficent movie.
First Course: A Walk In The Woods
The bespoke menu created by INKED’s Executive Chef Hadrien Villedieu is rich and earthy, offering guests a modern take on flavours native to the Germanic landscape. A wholesome sauerkraut pie is plated to emulate the colours and textures one can expect to find whilst walking in the woods, the chestnut and ricotta ravioli doused in delectable truffle forest broth brings the rich woodland soil to your table whilst the apple strudel and black forest dessert usher in a touch of winter frost. The flavours are comforting and familiar, but unexpectedly paired for an ingenious twist on beloved favourites. The plating is exceptional, almost too beautiful to eat – almost.
Fifth Course: The Black Forest Mushroom
The delightful five-course meal thoughtfully merges the 336-year-old brand’s heritage, values and strive for innovative excellence with holiday flavours for a mouth-watering festive meal. Combine that with the breathtaking forest setting, and you an unforgettable fine-dining experience that may just be one of the culinary highlights of the season.
The mystical winter wonderland setting
The Gaggenau Black Forest Dinner Experience runs December 18th until the 21st at INKED Dubai in Al Serkal Avenue and is priced at Dhs455 per person.
For bookings, visit inked.ae
All images courtesy of Gaggenau.