6 of the UAE's toughest eating challenges
Do you like eating food? Do you like eating lots of it? Do you like eating so much that everyone around you is really, really impressed and offers you a free t-shirt and/or your meal for free as a reward for your great achievement of gluttony? If your answer to all of the above was "Yes" then we've got the ideal food challenges for you to take on. Do be warned though, these aren't easy.
The 'XXX Suicide Inferno Wings Challenge' at Claw BBQ
This one is definitely not for those of you out there who order Lemon & Herb at Nando's. However, if you do pride yourself on your ability to order the spiciest thing on the menu whenever you go out for an Indian then this might just be the challenge for you. Apart from the obvious moral victory, if you can eat 12 of CLAW BBQ's spiciest hot wings in 20 minutes or under you get the Dhs 85 you paid to put yourself through such an ordeal fully refunded.
For every wing you eat after lucky number 7 you'll also be rewarded with a free bottle of beer. Which might not necessarily heal the second-degree burns on the inside of your mouth but they might always help you forget that they exist.
Location: Souk al Bahar, Dubai
The 'Tomahawk Challenge' at The City Grill
If you've always considered yourself a bit of carnivore we'd highly recommend heading down to The City Grill at The Atrium to really put your animal instincts to the test. Finish the enormous 1.25kg Tomahawk steak on offer and not only will you get your photo added to the restaurant's prestigious board of champions but you will also be entered into a monthly competition with a chance to win a night's stay at one of Al Habtoor City's hotels. Which is obviously ideal for the food coma this meal will likely put you in. The City Grill also understand that eating a steak like this can be pretty thirsty work, hence why they'll offer you a complimentary beverage during the challenge if you post a photo using #TheSteakChallenge. #Nice.
Location: The Atrium, Al Habtoor City
The 'MF Burger Challenge' at Warehouse
The MF (which stands for mouth full and not y'know...) Burger Challenge involves eating an absolutely enormous stack of food. This mammoth burger consists of three burger patties, 12 rashers of bacon, 1 fried egg, 120 grams of spare ribs, 150 grams of cheddar cheese… and pretty much everything else under the sun. If you eat it all in 10 minutes you can receive the honour of having your name put on the Warehouse Wall of Fame along with the full refund of this beastly meal. Which is totally worth your subsequent 234 visits to the toilet afterwards, right?
Location: Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Center, Dubai
The 'Sundae Challenge' at Mo’s
This is definitely the challenge to attempt if you've got a full set of sweet teeth. Containing 8 scoops of ice cream, 4 bananas, 2 brownies, a generous helping of caramel sauce, whipped cream, hot fudge, toasted almonds, and 8 maraschino cherries - you've got 30 minutes to finish this challenge before your brain completely freezes over. If you beat the challenge you get a free t-shirt from Mo's. And probably diabetes.
Location: City Walk
The 'Tomahawk Challenge' at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
Yeah, we weren't really expecting a Marco Pierre White restaurant to be the sort of establishment to be running an eating contest either. However, life is full of surprises. Alongside their Great Steakout Wednesdays, carnivorous diners this quality meat emporium are also invited to try out the restautant's Tomahawk Challenge - an eating contest where you must compete against the clock to clear a plate filled with 1 kg of meat, sides - including garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed mushroom and asparagus - and a litre of selected beverage to wash it all down with. All within a 30 minute timespan.
Which is obscene. Even Fred Flinstone would struggle to get that down his gullet after an especially hard day's work at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company. If you are successful in your endeavour, the entire meal (which will set you back Dhs 650) is free and you'll also walk away with a gift to commemorate the occasion. The gift is probably high cholesterol.
Location: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi
'The Initiation' at Wingster’s
Contestants taking part in Wingster's diabolical challenge will need to eat 8 suicidally spicy wings in 4 minutes before enduring an intense 5-minute afterburn. During the challenge they must also adhere to the following stringent set of rules:
1. An accident waiver form and T&C must be read and signed before the challenge
2. Contestants must eat the meat directly off the bone
3. Contestants must fully finish each wing before they start the next
4. Contestants will not be allowed to consume any form of liquid
5. Contestants are not allowed to wipe their face/mouth with napkins or any form of clothing
6. Contestants are not allowed a toilet break during the challenge
7. Contestants are not allowed to get any assistance from friends/family
8. Contestants must finish all the wings in the 4 minutes before the start of afterburn
Winners get their picture placed on the Mobster hall of fame whilst losers will quite possibly die from some as-yet undiscovered form of spice-related ailment.
Location: Dubai Marina