Eleven Dubai Restaurants were awarded the Middle East’s first Michelin stars on Tuesday as dozens of the city’s restaurants made it into the prestigious gastronomic guide.
Two restaurants have been awarded two stars, a further nine have one star and 14 have been awarded the Bib Gourmand for reasonably priced gourmet cuisine.
Dubai, the commercial center of the United Arab Emirates, joins a growing number of cities worldwide covered by the coveted French listings.
Chefs and owners pose for a photo on stage during a ceremony to unveil the 2022 selection of the Michelin Guide Dubai, the first-ever edition in the United Arab Emirates, on June 21
Inspectors spent months visiting restaurants, “ranging from the most elegant and luxurious restaurants run by world-renowned chefs, to simple bistros run by friendly locals,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guide, at the announcement event at Dubai Opera.
“This is a historic moment for Dubai and the Michelin guide,” he told AFP.
69 restaurants serving 21 types of cuisine were listed, including Italian, Japanese, Arabic, French and Indian.
This image shows a dim sum dish from newly awarded Michelin Star Hakkasan at Hotel Atlantis, The Palm
The Michelin guide was impressed by the “balance, purity and clarity” of Italian cuisine at Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, which flies in “premium ingredients” from Italy.
Stay by Yannick Alleno was praised for its “less is more” approach, resulting in “accurate, refined dishes artfully prepared based on French cuisine”.
One of the one star recipients was 11 wood fires by Chef Akmal Anuar, who offers “a global selection of vegetables, seafood and meats grilled to perfection over oak, hickory or hay”.
Joining him on the one star podium was Al Muntaha at the Burj al Arab Hotel, “with refined French cuisine”; Armani restaurant“Presenting Precise Italian Cuisine” at the Burj Khalifa; Hakkasan at Atlantis, The Palm Hotel, which offers “Chinese dishes reimagined”; Ossianoalso at Hotel Atlantis, The Palm, next to the Aquarium, described as a “world of creative fare” and Tasca by Jose Avilliez at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and serves “vibrant, innovative” Portuguese dishes.
Gregoire Berger, Executive Chef at Ossiano, located at the Aquarium of Hotel Atlantis, The Palm. The Michelin guide has given its restaurant one star, commenting that it is “a world of creative dishes”.
The one-star list was completed by renowned three-star chef Massimo Bottura’s I’ll be right backlocated in the stunning W Hotel on the Palm and offering “Italian classics with a twist”; Tresind Studiooffering “precisely executed multi-course tasting menus using herbs and flowers grown on the rooftop,” and Hosekia nine-seat omakase restaurant helmed by sixth-generation sushi master Masahiro Sugiyama, located on the fourth floor of Bulgari Resort Dubai, using fresh ingredients imported daily from Japan.
“That should be a game changer, I think,” Firas Fawaz, founder and managing partner of featured restaurant The Artisan, told AFP.
“They have the international standard… that pushes us to go the extra mile to deliver something different from the norm.”
The Al Muntaha restaurant pictured at the Burj al Arab hotel now has a Michelin star for its ‘refined French cuisine’
This shot shows the inside of Al Muntaha – and the breathtaking view that guests experience
Executive Chef Gregoire Berger, Ossiano, commented: “We’ve been waiting for this for so long. It’s a great achievement and a testament to the team’s tireless hard work. We are looking forward to the next year. We optimize what needs to be optimized and we will continue to raise the bar to advance Ossiano as one of the world’s leading restaurants.’
Executive Chef Andy Toh, Hakkasan, commented: “It’s really exciting to win a Michelin star for Hakkasan Dubai. We are the third one star restaurant in the Hakkasan family, along with Hakkasan Mayfair and Hakkasan Hanway Place, and this is a testament to Atlantis and Tao Group Hospitality’s support in further advancing the brand and attracting the best talent and the freshest produce secure to ensure we make a name for ourselves.”
Created in 1900 by brothers Andre and Edouard Michelin of tire manufacturer Michelin, the guide for motorists has become a reference for foodies and is known for making and breaking careers.
Poullenec said Dubai’s 90 percent expat population of 200 nationalities has created an “Epicurian kaleidoscope” in the desert city.
Dubai’s inclusion is a recognition of the diverse nationalities who “bring their experience, background and culture into every single bite,” Issam Kazem, CEO of Dubai’s Ministry of Tourism and Trade, told AFP.
YUM IS THE WORD: MICHELIN GUIDE AWARDED RESTAURANTS IN DUBAI
The Restaurant – Niko Romito at Bulgari Resort Dubai
Stay with Yannick Alleno – Palm Jumeirah
11 wood fires
Al Muntaha – Burj al Arab Hotel
Armani Ristorante – Burj Khalifa
Hakkasan – Atlantis, The Palm Hotel
Ossiano – Atlantis, The Palm Hotel
Tasca by Jose Avilliez – Mandarin Oriental Hotel
I’ll be right back – W Hotel
Hoseki – Bulgari Resort Dubai
India by Vineet
To the movies
RIPE Japanese Kushiyaki