By Sam Bridge
Wine shop and tasting room to open as part of Japan-inspired Depachika Food Hall
A new culinary concept is set to open in Dubai this month with the debut of Depachika Food Hall, one of Japan's best kept secrets.
Opening its doors at Nakheel Mall located on Palm Jumeirah, the word depachika is a combination of the Japanese word depa – meaning department store – with the Japanese word chika - meaning basement.
It will feature Dubai’s first wine shop with a tasting room offering a range of grape available to anyone who carries an alcohol licence.
A depachika is a basement-level food hall located in Japan’s many department stores, often attached to train stations. Carrying an array of cuisine from delicatessen-style goods and gourmet treats to ready-to-eat food and beautifully packaged gifts, this epicurean dream is about to come to life in Dubai.
The Depachika Food Hall at Nakheel Mall will be Dubai’s first and localised version of a depachika, and will feature a range of gourmet treats, culinary stations and restaurants.
The majority of the outlets at Depachika are home grown brands backed by local artisans and conceptualised by break-through talents.
They include dine-in options such as Lime Tree Café, Kilikio by Mythos, Salmontini, 1762, Massimo’s Gelato and Moishi Ice Cream, and retailers such as Royce Chocolate, The Lighthouse, Florette, Lakrids and more.
Outside of dining and retail locations, guests can bring their inner chef to life at the Depachika Cooking Studio which offers tailored cooking classes, team building and kids’ activities, workshops.
Depachika will also have a monthly entertainment calendar, with the first set of activities beginning during the festive season with Depachika Introduces Chocolate Fever, Depachika Introduces Coffee & Tea, and Depachika Matsuri Festival.
The Matsuri (meaning festive in Japanese) Festival will be taking place on every last Saturday of the month, starting from January.retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.