There’s a new purveyor of bagels in town. Gulf Bagel Factory launched early last year to provide the UAE with traditional NYC-style, kettle-boiled bagels.
While these bagels may not have the characteristic chubbiness of the bagels you’ll find in the Big Apple, it’s a great option if you’re in Dubai itching for a bagel fix. Or if you want to add some circular excitement to your sandwich. Or if you just feel like wearing them all on your finger, like me.
You’ll find a number of varieties including plain, whole wheat, black sesame, white sesame, garlic, onion, cinnamon raisin, blueberry, chocolate and everything. (But rainbow is not an option.) And in case there was any confusion, everything doesn’t really contain everything aforementioned – I don’t think there would be much of a market for blueberry-chocolate-onion-garlic bagels, do you?
But let’s be clear. Gulf Bagel Factory is not a restaurant, cafe or other dine-in establishment. This is an actual factory that produces bagels. They produce their bagels from scratch – this means they prepare the dough, allow the dough to proof, boil the bagels in a kettle, parbake them, then flash-freeze them for delivery to outlets such as Carrefour where you’ll find them in packs of 6 in Gulf Bagel Factory branded packaging. Once you heat them up in the comfort of your own home, you’ll have your final product – a bagel with the classic crusty exterior and chewy interior. Ta-da!
The options are limitless. Slather with butter, cream cheese, peanut butter, avocado, or insert your favourite sandwich ingredient. Hungry yet? I am. Here’s a pic of my sausage and fried egg bagel sandwich.
Verdict: In the absence of a Bagel Hole or Ess-a-Bagel, Gulf Bagel Factory may just be the best bagel fix you’re gonna get – unless you have plans to hop on a 15-hour flight to NYC.
Note to self: No rainbow bagels here but stay tuned for Arabic-inspired flavours.
Chow for now!