Dubai’s culinary scene has been thriving for years and now has officially been recognised by the Michelin Guide.
The newly published digital guide was unveiled at a prestigious event at Dubai Opera on June 21, 2022, featuring 69 of the very best the Dubai restaurant scene has to offer including some classic favourites including LPM Restaurant & Bar, Zuma, Mimi Kakushi, Masti and more.
But, what exactly does this mean? Well, the Michelin Guide dates back over a century and was first published in France, then expanded to Belgium, Algeria, Tunisia, Switzerland and more in the early 1900s. Then, in 1931, the star system was introduced and since then has set a global standard for identifying the best restaurants around the world.
One star represents “a very good restaurant in its category”; two stars represent “excellent cooking, worth a detour”; and three stars represent “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey”.
At the unveiling of the Dubai Michelin Guide, the very first Michelin-starred restaurants were announced, with 13 stars being awarded in total – nine one stars and two two stars. No three stars were awarded.
Below, get to know more about the first-ever 11 Michelin-starred restaurants in Dubai.
Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, Two Michelin Stars
Located at the Bulgari Hotel in Dubai, Il Ristorante – Niko Romito is a leader in Italian cuisine in the emirate. With fresh ingredients flown in from Italy and a decadent ambience, it’s the ideal place for a seamless dining experience.
Stay by Yannick Alléno, Two Michelin Stars
Described by Michelin as having a “less-is-more approach”, Stay by Yannick Alléno at One&Only The Palm encompasses the very best French fine dining has to offer.
11 Woodfire, One Michelin Star
This unique concept by Chef Akmal Anuar which only opened last year serves fresh, top-quality ingredients that are cooked over a woodfire.
Tasca by Jose Avillez, One Michelin Star
This homegrown concept located at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira is a contemporary twist on Portuguese cuisine. The restaurant by culinary genius José Avillez serves exceptional cuisine paired with spectacular views over Dubai’s incredible skyline.
Ossiano, One Michelin Star
Ossiano Dubai offers a truly unique fine-dining experience in the company of the creatures of the sea. Located in Atlantis The Palm, the concept by Chef Grégoire Berger aims to showcase some of the best produce from around the globe.
Hōseki, One Michelin Star
This uber-exclusive restaurant by Chef Masahiro Sugiyama has only room for nine people. Boasting impressive skyline views and minimal interiors, the restaurant’s signature is its Omakase experience, which means ‘I leave it to you.’
Trèsind Studio, One Michelin Star
Trèsind Studio by Himanshu Saini focuses on Indian cuisine with the aim of “challenging common perceptions”.
Armani/Ristorante, One Michelin Star
With prime views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains, this fine-dining Italian restaurant offers a signature tasting experience. According to Michelin, favourites include “agnolotti del plin, filetto di scorfano and agnello al mirto which showcase “the chefs’ mastery”.
Hakkasan, One Michelin Star
Located in the Atlantis The Palm, Hakkasan offers traditional Cantonese recipes meet contemporary techniques to deliver innovative dishes.
Al Muntaha, One Michelin Star
Located at one of the world’s most iconic hotels, the Burj Al Arab, Al Muntaha focuses on French cuisine with Mediterranean influences.
Torno Subito, One Michelin Star
This concept by Chef Massimo Bottura takes guests on a journey back to the 1960s Italian Riviera.