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    In pics: Inside the chicest new restaurant in Dubai


    by Olivia Morris
    17 mins ago

    One of the most beloved restaurants in Dubai has officially opened in a new area of the emirate.
    Couqley Bistro & Bar first came to the UAE from the shores of Beirut in 2016 firmly cementing itself as a hotspot in JLT.
    Now, six years on, the restaurant has added a second location to its roster on the opposite end of the city in Business Bay.
    The Couqley French Brasserie has opened its doors in the Pullman Hotel, adding to the ever-growing dining scene in Downtown Dubai.
    Bringing the same beloved charm to its JLT flagship, the new Couqley space spans an impressive 6,250 square metres designed by Dubai-based Portuguese artist Ana D’Castro encapsulating the true spirit of Paris.
    Featuring an expansive outdoor terrace with views of Dubai Canal and Downtown Dubai, as well as a large indoor space with triple-height ceilings, the restaurant venue features soaring high walls in rich teal, a wooden parquet floor, a centrally located marble-top island bar and a semi-open kitchen creating a direct view of the chefs at work.
    While Couqley French Brasserie is certainly distinct in style, you’ll be welcomed with the same endearing hospitality and exquisite cuisine just like its sister JLT flagship. The Business Bay venue will also be serving up the same weekly dining deals allowing diners to indulge in Couqley’s Business Lunch, Steak Frites Mondays and Ladies Night.
    Take a look inside the brand-new Couqley French Brasserie below.

    The Couqley French Brasserie is located at the Pullman Dubai Downtown. 

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    10 restaurants in Dubai with luxe private dining areas


    by Sarah Joseph
    14 mins ago

    When it comes to an exceptional dining experience, Dubai always knows how to deliver.
    However, to add an aura of intimacy and opulence to your next special occasion, why not opt for a private dining room?
    With five-star cuisine and service, these Dubai restaurants offer an outstanding experience with their decadent private dining rooms.
    From plush interiors to a bespoke menu, Emirates Woman has curated a list of all the luxe Dubai-based venues with a secluded space tailored to your needs.

    There’s a piece of New York City right here in Dubai that you can enjoy – Indochine. Whether you wish to host a private event for a new launch or simply want to celebrate a special occasion, this is the place to be. The French-Vietnamese restaurant brings its classic dishes to the table with an in-house indie DJ for some eclectic tunes all night long. The restaurant can seat large parties of 10 to 20 guests in a luxurious private dining setting. Guests can relish a five-course menu served family-style accompanied by an evening of conversation and laughter in this intimate setting. Hosts also have an option of full or partial buyouts for larger gatherings.
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    This jungle-inspired venue gives guests a chance to dine in their private dining room for all types of special occasions. For larger groups, the restaurant offers a completely secluded dining space, where semi-private areas for smaller groups are also available upon request. Up to 20 guests can dine together in an intimate setting with access to the luxe rooftop and views of Dubai’s scintillating skyline. With Latin-American cuisine, diners can be taken on a sensory journey along the Amazon river with some eclectic tunes.
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    Shanghai Me

    Inspired by the culinary traditions of East Asia, this haven encapsulates a rich heritage through a fusion of cocktails and dishes. This 1930s-inspired restaurant has a hidden luxe private dining area for bespoke events to meet any given requirements.
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    Le Guépard

    Designed as a dedicated private dining space in the heart of Alserkal Avenue, this experiential venue can be tailored according to anyone’s personal preference. By cooking up a bespoke culinary menu, Chef Yanis Yahou takes guests on an unforgettable journey with each bite. Inspired by the French Riviera, guests can host birthday celebrations or corporate events with vintage décor, that’s sure to impress.
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    Cé La Vi

    With out-of-this-world Burj Khalifa views and a fusion of fragrant ingredients, CÉ LA VI is the culinary hotspot is one that everyone needs to visit. The contemporary Asian menu curated by executive chef Howard Ko is second to none and the entire restaurant experience will leave you wanting to go back for more. For an event to remember, guests can host special occasions or corporate events that create a lasting impression. The private dining room, enclosed within a bamboo forest-themed interior, can host up to 10 guests and is ideal for gatherings, meetings to tastings.
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    If there’s one Japanese Robatayaki restaurant that you need to try is ROKA. Featuring a prominent red 3D brick wall, the restaurant offers a hidden dining space perfect for intimate gatherings. With dishes from the restaurant’s main menu and a long banquet hall, it’s surely a luxe option to add to your list.
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    This award-winning Greek-Mediterranean restaurant is designed with a modern palate and a delectable menu created by Chef Izu Ani. With its captivating charm, there’s something for everyone to sit and dine for hours. With a private Chef’s Table situated on the outskirts of the kitchen at the lower level, guests can enjoy a 12-seater dining experience. Surrounded by white stone walls and intricate details with copper pans, the table and journey are designed for an intimate gathering.
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    In the world’s tallest building, this exquisite restaurant awaits. For a premium dining experience with a seating capacity of up to 16 guests, the restaurant’s culinary team brings the most meticulous creations to life while you dine sky-high.
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    By adding a sophisticated twist to the Japanese Izakaya style of cooking, Zuma offers authentic dishes that make people come back for more. The restaurant’s private dining area is the ideal place to host a social luncheon, brunch or corporate dinner in its unique space with a solid oak wood dining table that can seat up to 20 guests. Alternatively, the room can be divided into two separate spaces to accommodate 10 guests each.
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    Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

    Il Borro is the go-to restaurant in Dubai for five-star Italian cuisine. The fine-dining hotspot’s private dining area is the perfect place for an intimate gathering of 10 to 15 guests. Guests can experience a bespoke menu of three to four courses according to their dietary requirements.
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    From LA to Dubai: The Nice Guy lands in DIFC


    by Olivia Morris
    1 hour ago

    With a never-ending A-list celebrity guestlist including Gigi Hadid, Justin and Hailey Bieber, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Nicki Minaj and more, The Nice Guy has opened its first-ever venue outside of Los Angeles right here in Dubai.
    Launched in partnership with MKIA Hospitality, the group’s managing partner and co-founder, Mohammad Irshaid discusses what The Nice Guy has in store for its Dubai debut.
    Talk us through your career.
    It all started at the age of 21 when I travelled to New York to license the brand Sugar Factory, I did my training in NY, LA and Las Vegas, and a year later franchised Dum Dum Doughnuts from London. In between, I consulted for brands such as Bora Bora Juice Kuwait and Pizza Factory DIFC on menu development, brand concept creations and many more. Then around two years ago, the idea of The Nice Guy was presented and here we are.
    Where does your love for food come from?
    Throughout my childhood, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my mother, who is an amazing cook and would constantly be experimenting in the kitchen. From prepping lunches and dinner gatherings to late-night snacks. Other than being physically present in the kitchen I had a natural curiosity about the process of cooking and how flavours came together. This established the foundation of my passion for food and beverage.

    You’ve just opened the iconic LA hotspot The Nice Guy in Dubai. How long has this been in the works? Why Dubai?
    We started the conversations around two years ago during COVID-19. Dubai is home and is an emerging F&B hub of the world. Yet with everything around, I still felt there was a gap that The Nice Guy could fill. A place with an old school ambience, a good Italian vibe, great music and most importantly, a place to meet and connect with like-minded individuals.
    Talk us through the concept of The Nice Guy.
    The Nice Guy Dubai will follow suit of its LA predecessor as a highly sought-after, reservations-only destination, complete with a world-class lineup of classic Italian cuisine offerings for lunch and dinner, including signature menu items and crafted cocktails. In true The Nice Guy fashion, dining hours seamlessly transition into a nightlife backdrop with regularly programmed live entertainment and DJ sets.
    What are the hero dishes at The Nice Guy?
    Diners can expect distinctly Italian plates with a unique LA spin such as the kale salad, cacio e pepe, Margherita pizza. I would say that the meatballs and lobster pizza are the must-try dishes. We also developed special dishes and versions of dishes for the Dubai location that aren’t available in LA such as beef carpaccio and burrata salad.
    What sets the F&B industry in Dubai apart from the rest of the world?
    Dubai is a cosmopolitan melting pot of multinationals that come from all over the world to live in this city. Having people from all over the world based here creates a natural and constant demand for all types of local concepts and franchises to open and do so well here.
    What are your hopes for The Nice Guy Dubai in 2022 and beyond?
    My hope is for The Nice Guy to be an essential spot for anyone living in Dubai, but also for all the visitors. Our plan is for The Nice Guy to be a landmark spot in the region and to constantly give our customers what they want.
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    4 luxe, low-key restaurants to try in Dubai


    by Dan Robinson
    4 hours ago

    In a world of gastronomy and 12-course menus, we give you the low down on the best luxe low-key restaurants.

    The Where: The earthy spot is located at Al Thanya Street in Umm Suqeim, covered in lush planting and trees with an unassuming organic aesthetic.
    The Why: Named after the Latin word for Earth “Terra” and designed with minimalist yet rustic décor, the eatery is a welcome addition to the hub of eateries in Umm Suqeim. Terra’s priority is sustainability, using only locally grown produce, eluding a farm-to-table ethos. The menu features a Mediterranean influence of flavours and wood-fired pizzas to savour the palate. Timing is key to avoiding crowds.
    The Hero Dish: Terra features an extensive international menu of fresh cuisine. The Short Rib Pappardelle is the standout. Slow-cooked, shredded short beef ribs gently mixed with pappardelle ribbons and a decadent chocolate salted caramel tart for dessert is a welcome palate cleanser. Vegan and vegetarian options are also served on the menu with seasonal local ingredients.

    The Where: Neatly tucked away in The Onyx Tower 2, The Greens, it would be easy to pass by this gem. Launched in 2021 by Ramen Chef Neha Mishra, Kinoya has established itself as the go-to restaurant for authentic Japanese cuisine with a bustling atmosphere earning itself a place in the Michelin guide.
    The Why: Expect an informal Japanese dining experience with a warm Asian-themed décor. The 77-seat venue is split into three sections, each offering a different intimate experience. The eatery also caters to group bookings with private dining rooms. Whether you’re meeting friends at the ramen counter or taking a date for a seat at the chef’s table for Izakaya, there is something for every crowd, all-encompassing the perfect low-key spot for the best bowl of ramen in town.
    The Hero Dish: Ramen is the signature dish on the menu at Kinoya, boasting five different options. Each is individually made with delicious ingredients, noodles, and rich chicken broths, bringing the heart of Japan to your table. Japanese classics such as sushi, sashimi, tempura, and an indulgent katsu sando are also available to satisfy famishing appetites.

    The Where: Located on the 70th floor of the SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences in Downtown Dubai. Fi’lia offers style and substance with a female-focused ethos.
    The Why: Featuring incredible views of the Dubai skyline and accompanied by traditional Italian cuisine. The first of its kind, Fi’lia (meaning daughter) restaurant is run by an entirely female team inspired by recipes that were passed down from generations of women specializing in Italian-Mediterranean dishes.
    The Hero Dish: Italian flare meets Mediterranean influence at Fi’lia. With a focus on sustainability, sourcing local produce where possible, and utilizing every ingredient in the kitchen to achieve zero waste. Signature dishes include Jerusalem artichoke pizza, pappardelle with veal osso buco, and a must-try seabass with feta crust.
    Lana Lusa

    The Where: Alfresco meets European boulevard dining at Lana Lusa. Located at Wasl 51 on the bustling Wasl Road, Jumeriah. You can’t miss the eatery covered in bright yellow parasols, wicker furniture, and oversized terracotta pots transporting you to a slice of Portuguese nostalgia.
    The Why: Inviting you to leave the stress of the city behind. Lana Lusa serves up authentic Portuguese cuisine set against a backdrop of intimate interiors. Stop for a quick coffee and pastéis de nata on the terrace watching the world go by or a sundrenched dinner with friends over sharing plates and great conversation, all reminiscent of the Bairro Alto in Lisbon.
    The Hero Dish: Inspired by Portuguese roots, the menu is full of modern dishes and hearty flavours. Equally as famous for breakfast as it is for dinner. Stand-out dishes include the salted codfish with seabass and avocado and the marinated octopus perfectly complimented with the signature Lusa Spritz mocktail. Quite possibly the best Portuguese food you will try in Dubai.
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    30 Sheikh Hamdan-approved restaurants in Dubai you need to try

    When it comes to knowing the best restaurants to dine at in Dubai, the emirate’s Crown Prince always knows best.
    From sophisticated alfresco havens to all the authentic food choices, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is regularly seen dining out at some of the best F&B concepts Dubai has to offer.
    No stranger to Dubai’s foodie scene, when it comes to dining at the city’s fine-dining spots, Fazza knows best. From alfresco havens to new speakeasies, Dubai’s Crown Prince has paid a visit to a myriad of restaurants, to ensure he’s always on top of the food game.
    If you’re in need of some inspo on where to dine next, Emirates Woman has curated a list of all the sophisticated restaurants that have received Sheikh Hamdan’s stamp of approval.
    L’Amo Bistro del Mare

    Sheikh Hamdan made a visit to L’Amo Bistro del Mare in May 2022, an Italian restaurant that opened its doors at Dubai Harbour this year. The waterfront restaurant welcomed His Highness for lunch on Saturday. The Dubai Crown Prince also posed for a photo with Chef Lorenzo Buccarini, Carlo Tinelli, General Manager of the restaurant and Piero Giglio, MD & Partner of MINE Lifestyle Managing. This upscale seafood restaurant is a partnership between Sunset Hospitality Group and Mine and Yours Group, making this yet another notable addition to the Dubai dining scene. From signature dishes such as red and violet prawns, delicate sea urchins, Margherita Pinsa and Italian oysters and scallops, the restaurant is sure to transport visitors to the rustic streets of Italy with every serving of each dish. With freshly caught seafood, the flavours are enhanced to capture the essence of the Mediterranean sea.Situated in the heart of the city at the Dubai Harbour Yacht Club, L’Amo Bistro Del Mare is open daily from 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to midnight.

    Spotted at Chef Izu’s latest venue, Alaya in DIFC this month, Sheikh Hamdan gave the restaurant his royal seal of approval.Masterminded by Chef Izu and one of Emirates Man’s former cover stars Evgeny Kuzin, the concept is nothing short of extraordinary, with a combination of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Inspired by their travels, each dish is prepared with the freshest ingredients. After only opening last month, the restaurant has gained quite a bit of traction as the duo has brought a new concept to DIFC. By taking each visitor on a culinary journey, the warm inviting space, ensures guests feel at home from the moment they enter.
    La Maison Ani

    On one of his most recent foodie outings, Sheikh Hamdan paid a visit to a brand new concept by Chef Izu Ani and Evgeny Kuzin. Fazza stopped by La Maison Ani at the end of May 2022 just weeks after it officially opened.  The restaurant’s team described it as an “honour” to welcome the Crown Prince, sharing a photo from his visit. “It was a complete honour and privilege to host The Crown Prince @faz3 at La Maison Ani by Chef Izu,” they said. “The first of many visits we hope.”

    This restaurant is already a household name in London and Las Vegas. Having arrived in Dubai late last year, SUSHISAMBA has already made its mark on the emirate. So much so, Sheikh Hamdan thought it fit to host one of his most famous friends at the restaurant on his recent visit to Dubai. The emirate’s Crown Prince was seen visiting the hotspot with famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. In late January, the pair enjoyed lunch together with some of their entourage. We’re definitely adding this new hotspot to our list of must-trys.
    11 Woodfire

    For one of the first outings in 2022, Sheikh Hamdan visited this new concept – the brainchild of chef Akmal Anuar and Ahmass Fakahany, CEO and Founder of Atelier House Hospitality – which opened later last year. Located in a villa on Jumeirah Beach Road, 11 Woodfire opened in November 2021. Sharing the news of the Crown Prince’s visit to 11 Woodfire with a photograph, the restaurant said it was an “honour” to host him.

    This picturesque new restaurant brings a piece of Aegean paradise to the heart of Dubai. Situated at the Address Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan was spotted there in January 2022. This outdoor venue perfectly captures views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountains which were captured in Sheikh Hamdan’s story. From fresh seafood to a plethora of must-try dishes, these delectable mezes are sure to be savoured with your loved ones as Dubai’s Crown prince did.

    Gohan, the new Japanese speakeasy by the team at La Cantine du Faubourg is one of the latest hotspots to visit. The space is quite intimate being able to seat no more than 30 diners at a time and Fazza gave his stamp of approval in late 2021. While the restaurant may have been a well-kept secret previously, now that Fazza has paid a visit the word about Gohan is well and truly out.
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    The Arts Club

    This sophisticated private members-only club is situated in the heart of DIFC. Having welcomed Sheikh Hamdan last year, this ultra-luxe venue was honoured to have him and even posted a picture on their feed. The Crown Prince enjoyed a hearty meal at Rōhen.
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    Mimi Kakushi

    Known for their cosy interiors and ultra-luxe décor, this restaurant is a must-visit with all the Japanese classics under one roof. On the UAE’s 50th National Day, Sheikh Hamdan paid a visit and was so impressed by hospitality and service as he celebrated the country’s birthday.
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    Sheikh Hamdan’s a fan, and so are we. This contemporary Japanese restaurant opened back in 2020 and Sheikh Hamdan was one of the first to visit post-lockdown. Known for its contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine and sushi, this restaurant has become a firm favourite on the Dubai dining scene.
    Twiggy by La Cantine

    The Crown Prince of Dubai stopped by this incredible venue late last year and no doubt enjoyed the impeccable views that Twiggy has to offer. At the time, Sheikh Hamdan shared a series of images on his Instagram story of some of the exquisite cuisine he was enjoying. Twiggy by La Cantine opened at the beginning of 2021 and it’s safe to say it has been the go-to hotspot for Mediterranean dining in Dubai.

    Bringing the charm of Greek cuisine to Dubai, this restaurant provides an unforgettable experience with authentic Mediterranean hospitality offering culinary textures and aromas to your plate. Located in Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, Fazza has previously been spotted dining there.
    Sal at the Burj Al Arab

    In mid-December 2020, the Crown Prince of Dubai was pictured at Sal at the Burj Al Arab. This restaurant opened its doors back in September 2020 and has been a popular destination for restaurant-goers ever since. It offers guests endless ocean views with seamless service and a sophisticated menu. Described as “barefoot luxury meets Southern European culinary excellence”, the restaurant also comes fully equipped with a 100-metre infinity pool to relax at after a delightful meal.
    Caviar Kaspia

    Fresh from the hustle and bustle of Paris, Caviar Kaspia opened its first venue outside the French capital in Dubai late last year. One of the first people to visit was the Crown Prince of Dubai. A photo of Fazza’s visit was posted to the restaurant’s Instagram page, where His Highness was seen posing with a Matryoshka Doll, which is a signature to the restaurant and is known to hold caviar.
    The MAINE Land Brasserie

    Sheikh Hamdan and his entourage visited this luxe steakhouse located in the ME by Melia Hotel in Business Bay at the beginning of 2021. It’s the third restaurant in Dubai by restauranteur Joey Ghazal and has become a firm favourite on the Dubai dining scene.
    Avli by Tashas

    Having opened just over three years ago in January 2019, Sheikh Hamdan is a frequent visitor to Avli by tashas in DIFC. The restaurant captures the essence of Greek cuisine combined with a chic and sophisticated space reminiscent of the Mediterranean.

    Loved by Sheikh Hamdan, Gaia is the brainchild of Chef Izu. The restaurant encompasses the Greek Goddess of Earth, the mother of the sun, the mountains and the sea and is the inspiration for each exquisite Mediterranean dish. In January 2019, the Crown Prince of Dubai and his father, the Ruler of Dubai, were spotted dining at the Grecian-inspired restaurant. But even before that, Sheikh Hamdan gave Gaia his seal of approval back just five days after it opened in October 2018. After his visit, Chef Izu posted a cheeky picture with the Dubai royal, as he sported a wide grin.
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    Il Borro

    This high-class Tuscan Bistro welcomed the Crown Prince of Dubai along with his team, with authentic cuisine and dishes that are made with ingredients that are freshly imported for a bespoke Italian experience. In 2021, it was one of the first outings Sheikh Hamdan made following the announcement he has become a father to twins, Rashid and Sheikha.

    While continuing to extend his support to several homegrown restaurants in the UAE, Sheikh Hamdan has been a long-time fan of Chef Izu, the brainchild behind two notable restaurants in the UAE. Seen posing in this snap with Chef Izu, Sheikh Hamdan paid a visit to Carine, located in Emirates Golf Club. At the time of his visit, the Dubai-based restauranteur said, “Always an honour and great pleasure to have HH Sheikh Hamdan with us at Carine.”
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    L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

    Adding another high-end eatery to his list of restaurants with his stamp of approval is L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. His Highness paid a visit to the eatery to the authentic French restaurant in June 2021, with a photo being shared by the DIFC-based restaurant on their official Instagram page. This establishment is famed for its celebrity clientele alongside its Michelin star cuisine which offers guests dishes including a crispy poached egg with caviar, truffle pizza and Dover sole à la plancha, all prepared in front of the guests.
    Gudee Pizza Café

    Known for their Afghani specialities, this eatery pushes beyond the borders of authentic cuisine in the heart of Dubai, with some of the most creative pizza combinations offered under one roof in the highly comforting atmosphere with a modern interpretation of the aforementioned cuisine with innovative desserts. Located at Gate Avenue mall level in DIFC, the Crown Prince’s uncle, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, also known as Uncle Saeed on Instagram, is a regular at Gudees.
    BB Social Dining

    The homegrown concept serving Eastern cuisine has a compact space offering various cuisine options. Located in Gate village 8 DIFC, the atmosphere is both sophisticated and elegant.

    After having spotted Sheikh Hamdan at this stunning seafood restaurant, he posed for a picture with the head of operations and also seemed to enjoy the restaurant’s freshly baked bread with one of the lighthouse salads on his visit.

    This Mediterranean-inspired travel-themed café is extremely Instagrammable and is known for its topographic design. Located in Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue extension, the theme of the restaurant has certainly caught everyone’s attention.
    She Burger

    Are there any burger fans here? Then you would be happy to know that Fazza is a fan of this edgy urban burger chain. Open in Dar Wasl Mall, the burger place caters to chicken and beef lovers alike, and if you are vegetarian, then you should try She Burger’s ‘Krazy Kale’ or ‘Avo Salad’ salads.

    Located in the popular tourist spot of Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the Crown Prince of Dubai has previously made a visit to this quaint Greek restaurant. Taverna is located on the waterfront of Souk Madinat Jumeirah and embodies the true rustic charm of Greece with exposed wood, white walls and neutral tones used throughout the venue.

    A Mykonos favourite, Nammos Dubai offers incredible views of the Arabian Seam, as well as incredible cuisine.  the iconic Dubai Skyline – if you’re looking for a fun afternoon, this is the location. Sheikh Hamdan made a visit at this delicious eatery back in December 2019.

    This popular spot first opened back in 2018 and one of the first to visit was Sheikh Hamdan. Located in the secluded area of La Mer, the Masti menu offers a reinterpretation of Indian cuisine, designed to share.
    CZN Burak

    This Turkish-Middle Eastern restaurant is the first Dubai-based establishment for Chef CZN Burak, who is hugely popular on social media with over 17 million followers and already has three popular restaurants in his home country of Turkey. In late 2020, he decided to crack the Dubai F&B space and within the first month of opening welcomed Sheikh Hamdan to his Downtown Dubai venue.

    This uber-chic Mediterranean and Greek experience is inspired by modern and contemporary testes in a lively atmosphere. By bringing warm Emirati hospitality in a luxurious setting, the restaurant is definitely a hit amongst all its visitors. Fazza visited the restaurant in June 2019 and the team shared an image with the caption: “We are always blessed and honored to have HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum dine with us.”
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    This retro spot is a refreshing addition to the Dubai restaurant scene


    by Nicole Little
    1 minute ago

    Funky, retro, and fun define Business Bay restaurant Basko.
    Minimalist dining atmospheres have been having their moment, but if you’re looking for somewhere different to dine, Basko is the perfect spot to satisfy your craving for something unique.
    The Vibe

    Reminiscent of a 1960s lounge, this Mediterranean restaurant and speakeasy-style bar boasts eye-catching interiors and decor everywhere you look.
    With a vibrant outdoor terrace featuring views of the Downtown Dubai skyline and the Burj Khalifa, stylish indoor seating and an elevated speakeasy, the venue is the perfect backdrop for any occasion.
    The Food
    Equally as interesting as the setting, the zesty cuisine matches the playful ambience of the venue. The a la carte menu features a mixture of exciting flavours with one-of-a-kind dishes.
    Some of our favourites include the eggplant and piquillos tarta, huevos rotos, a potato allumette with creamy smoked paprika, harissa sauce and perfect egg and some of the best short ribs you’ll find in Dubai. Other hero dishes include a classic sea bass ceviche, wild mushroom burrata and grilled seabass.
    The After Party

    Not only is Basko the ideal dinner spot, but it’s also the perfect place to continue the party into the early hours of the morning at the restaurant’s chic speakeasy bar, Suave.
    This retro-inspired space features a library of over 200 vintage records, featuring hits from Queen to David Bowie, with the DJ spinning to tunes that are sure to impress all those who enter.
    It’s definitely a party place no matter what day of the week it is.
    The Brunch
    Finally, Basko’s newly launched brunch ensures you start your weekend on a high note. Featuring an impressive three-course selection and balanced beverage pairings, the starters and tartines and brioches are sure to excite your appetite before you indulge in a main course with mouthwatering options like Saffron Cecina Spaghetti, Steak et Frites, or the Wagyu Burger. Ensure to leave room for the Instagrammable dessert moment of Cookie in the shape of a rose, or the tempting Saint Honoré.
    Guests are also welcomed to head up the renowned mirror-adorned spiral staircase post-brunch to Suave where you can enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere until 6pm.
    Basko’s is versatile enough to make it your spot for a great meal, just some drinks, or a weekend brunch with its ‘come as you are’ spirit, which is a welcome addition to the Dubai dining scene.
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    The first-ever 11 Michelin-starred restaurants in Dubai


    by Olivia Morris
    1 minute ago

    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.
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    Revealed: Dubai’s first Michelin Guide for 2022


    by Sarah Joseph
    1 minute ago

    With a tried and tested seal of approval on Dubai’s culinary scene, the highly anticipated Michelin guide has officially presented its selection of Michelin-starred restaurants as well its official Michelin Guide for the emirate.
    In partnership with Dubai Tourism, an official announcement was made at a VIP event this morning with Emirates Man cover star and Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Tourism, Issam Kazim, and Gwendal Poullennec, International Director, Michelin Guides.
    Poullennec described the unveiling of the Michelin Guide in the Middle East as a “historical moment”.
    “What makes Dubai’s culinary landscape so distinctive is its reflection of the more than 200 nationalities that call the city home, delivering an epicurean kaleidoscope. One thing all the restaurants in this fast-paced dynamic and elegant city have in common is they are brimming with passion and enthusiasm,” he added.
    “Today, Dubai is settled as an inspiring gastronomic destination and we have no doubts that gourmets from all over the world will be seduced by its very unique energy.”

    With a team of in-house inspectors, each selected restaurant was examined on the basis of its popular star ratings and using its tried and tested methodology to judge on several crucial criteria. This includes quality of the ingredients, mastery of cooking, the harmony of flavours, the personality of the chef through the cuisine, and consistency over time across the entire menu.
    At the VIP event which took place at Dubai Opera, the 69 Michelin Guide restaurants were unveiled, as well as the Michelin Green Star Restaurant for sustainability and 11 Michelin starred restaurants. See the full list below.
    Two Michelin Star

    STAY by Yannick Alleno
    Il Ristorante by Niko Romito

    One Michelin Star

    Tasca by Jose Avillez
    11 Woodfire
    Trèsind Studio
    Armani Ristorante
    Al Muntaha
    Torno Subito

    Michelin Green star for sustainable gastronomy

    The Michelin Guide restaurants

    3 Fils
    Akira Back
    Al Mandaloun
    Avli by tashas
    Bleu Blanc
    Bombay Bungalow
    Carnival by Trèsind
    CE LA VÌ
    Celebrities by Mauro Colagreco
    Demon Duck by Alvin Leung
    Hell’s Kitchen
    Il Borro
    Indego by Vineet
    L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
    Little Miss India
    LPM Restaurant & Bar
    Mimi Kakushi
    Netsuby Ross Shonhan
    Pierre’s TT
    Rhodes W1
    Sea Fu
    Shang Palace
    Social By Heinz Beck
    Tan Cha
    The Artisan

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