The world’s first 22-karat gold vada pao has been launched in Dubai

The humble vada pao gets a golden makeover. Of course, it’s in Dubai where gourmet Indian slider restaurant O’Pao has launched the world’s first 22-karat Gold O’Vada Pao
The world's first gold vada pao is here
The world’s first gold vada pao is here

Dubai is a goldmine for foodies. Quite literally, it would seem. After hosting the world’s most expensive ice cream and a biryani laced with gold, could a gold-covered vada pao have been far behind?

The humble vada pao’s posh golden avatar was conjured up by Amul Dhote at his O’Pao restaurant in Dubai. O’Pao is a Dubai joint specialising in Indian sliders served with a gourmet twist, and is inspired by Mumbai’s most popular street snack, the iconic vada pao. The eatery celebrates the humble pao with a creative menu that combines premium ingredients with familiar Indian fillings, stuffed between soft and scrumptious paos.

Amol Dhote, founder of O’Pao and an ardent devotee of the humble snack from his home town Mumbai in India, feels that vada pao is a “golden snack”. A few months ago, deciding that the vada pao deserves more attention, he went back to the cooking station. Eventually he decided to innovate an original-gold vada pao, something which has probably never been done before.  

It took Amol four months to source the exact gold sheets and flavours he wanted to match together. After experimenting with over 100 iterations, Amol settled on a combination of cheese and French truffle butter-infused vada wrapped in French gold sheets. The pao has lashings of a homemade mint mayonnaise dip.  

The Gold O’Vada Pao is available for dine-in only at the O’Pao outlet (open 11am-11.30pm; call 04-5260355 for reservations) which is in Al Karama behind the Park Regis Hotel in Dubai. It is served in a wooden carved box with liquid nitrogen providing a sense of theatre. The pao comes with a side of sweet potato fries and mint lemonade. It costs a mere AED 99 (approx. Rs 2,000). 

The gold vada pao looks scrumptious
The gold vada pao looks scrumptious

Vada pao purists may sneer at O’Pao’s 22-karat gold O’Vada Pao, but as far as foodies looking for their next fix are concerned, this is pure gold. 

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