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Stay by Yannick Alleno
The charismatic French chef Yannick Alleno is the mastermind behind this Dubai institution at One & Only The Palm. The restaurant has held two Michelin stars for two consecutive years, putting it at the top of the tree for culinary excellence in Dubai. Alleno’s creativity and flair suffuses every dish at Stay, which adheres to a philosophy of modern and elegant French cuisine.
Chef Himanshu Saini runs the kitchen at Tresind Studio, a forward-thinking concept restaurant at St. Regis Gardens on The Palm that takes a new look at traditional Indian cooking. Famous for the warm welcomes they give, the front-of-house team proudly present dishes made with sustainable and organic ingredients from local producers.
Il Ristorante – Niko Romito
A second entry on Michelin’s list for the Bulgari Resort Dubai, this exceptional restaurant from visionary chef Niko Romito takes authentic Italian classics and gives them a contemporary twist. Romito has already enjoyed success with this concept in Rome, Milan, Beijing, Tokyo, Shanghai and Paris, and has done it again in Dubai.
One of the most inventive dining experiences in Dubai, Moonrise offers two sittings per evening for just 12 guests each time. The set menu – using local ingredients whenever possible – is devised by Solemann Haddad, a half-Syrian, half-French chef who was born and raised in Dubai. The Michelin inspectors were clearly impressed and awarded the 27-year-old its Young Chef Award in 2023.
Much like the personal style of its world-renowned creator, Torno Subito is a clash of colours and prints that somehow unite to form a coherent and quite marvellous spectacle. Massimo Bottura, the chef behind Italy’s legendary three Michelin starred Osteria Francescana, likes to let his hair down at this informal and light-hearted restaurant on the beachfront at W Dubai – The Palm. But just because the place looks eccentric, don’t think for a second that the food is anything but serious. Bottura’s skill and eye for detail are all over the menu.
While many Dubai restaurants shout from the rooftops about their interior design and food concept, Hoseki only needs to whisper its credentials. This gorgeously minimalist restaurant at Bulgari Resort Dubai has just nine seats and specialises in unique dishes that plunge diners into a world of Japanese tradition and flavour.
Tasca by José Avillez
Something of a celebrity chef, José Avillez draws on his love for his homeland to create the exquisite Portuguese cuisine at Tasca. On the 6th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai, he serves up wonderful seafood along with smaller bites that are ideal for sharing in a lively restaurant lined with beautiful Portuguese tiles.
A giant of the international restaurant scene with almost a dozen outposts around the world, Hakkasan is a perennial heavy hitter in Dubai. Talented chef Andy Toh has been immersed in the Hakkasan universe for over a decade and continues to deliver authentic yet modern examples of Cantonese cuisine to a delighted roomful of diners every night.
Probably the most casual of all the Michelin-starred restaurants in Dubai, 11 Woodfire invites guests to an attractive non-licensed villa in Jumeirah for a foodie experience that’s inspired by cooking with fire. The brains in the kitchen of this charmingly laidback spot is Akmal Anuar, who famously kickstarted another darling of the Dubai restaurant world, 3Fils.
In the unlikely location of Dubai Hills Business Park, Avatara has a strong claim to fame: the world’s first and only vegetarian Indian fine-dining restaurant. Simple ingredients are prepared with love and skill by chef Rahul Rana and his crew to create a homely eating experience that also caters for vegan and gluten-free diners.
‘The restaurant with the aquarium’ was how Ossiano was referred to for years, but thanks to the artistry and determination of French head chef Gregoire Berger, it is now a leading player in Dubai’s culinary universe. Berger has added a sense of theatre to his wonderful dishes at this experiential spot inside Atlantis The Palm.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Rumours of Heston Blumenthal bringing his gastronomic genius to Dubai floated around the city for years, so expectations were sky high when he finally opened his restaurant at Atlantis the Royal Resort in 2023. Led by chef Tom Allen, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has more than delivered, winning a Michelin star just a few months after opening. For innovative British cooking, there is nowhere in Dubai that comes close to what Allen is doing here.
A glamorous restaurant inside the Burj Al Arab, Al Muntaha is a show-stopping venue serving modern Mediterranean food – mainly from Italy and France – to a well-heeled crowd. Its name means ‘the ultimate’ in Arabic, so the pressure’s on chef Saverio Sbaragli to ensure his food never fails to impress a demanding clientele. He hasn’t let anyone down yet.
This is Armani, so of course this one is a delight for the eye as well as the palate. Sleek and chic, this classy eatery sits at the base of the Burj Khalifa, serving delicate Italian dishes from passionate head chef Giovanni Papi.