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Eleven restaurants in Dubai awarded the very first Michelin stars in the Middle East

Eleven restaurants in Dubai awarded the very first Michelin stars

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Eleven restaurants in Dubai were awarded the Middle East’s first Michelin stars on Tuesday as dozens of eateries in the city became the prestigious gastronomic guide.

Two restaurants were awarded two stars, a further nine were awarded one star and 14 received the Bib Gourmand for good value gourmet food.

Dubai, the commercial center of the United Arab Emirates, joins a growing number of cities worldwide that are on the coveted French list.

Chefs and owners pose for a photo on stage at a ceremony unveiling the 2022 selection of the Michelin Guide Dubai, the first-ever edition in the United Arab Emirates, on June 21

Inspectors spent months touring eateries “from the most elegant and luxurious restaurants run by world-renowned chefs to the humble bistro run by friendly locals,” the Michelin Guide’s international director Gwendal Poullennec said during the survey. announcement event at Dubai Opera.

“It is a historic moment for Dubai and the Michelin Guide,” he told AFP.

Sixty-nine restaurants with 21 types of cuisine are listed, including Italian, Japanese, Arabic, French, and Indian.

This photo shows a dim sum dish from Hakkasan, recently awarded a Michelin star, at the Atlantis, The Palm hotel

This photo shows a dim sum dish from Hakkasan, recently awarded a Michelin star, at the Atlantis, The Palm hotel

Il Ristorante – Niko Romitoand Stay by Yannick Allenowhich is located on the Palm man-made islands development in Dubai were the two star winners.

The Michelin Guide was impressed by the ‘balance, purity and clarity’ of the Italian dishes at Il Ristorante – Niko Romito, which flies with ‘top quality ingredients’ from Italy.

Stay by Yannick Alleno has garnered much praise for its ‘less-is-more approach’, resulting in ‘precise, refined dishes expertly crafted with French cuisine as a foundation’.

One of the one star recipients was 11 Wood fire by chef-owner Akmal Anuar, who offers “a global variety of vegetables, seafood and meats grilled to perfection over oak, hickory or hay.”

Joining him on the podium with one star was Al Muntaha at the Burj al Arab hotel, ‘with refined French cuisine’; Armani Ristorante‘presentation of precise Italian cuisine’ in the Burj Khalifa; Hakkasan at the Atlantis, The Palm hotel, with ‘new Chinese cuisine’; Ossianoalso at the Atlantis, The Palm hotel, next to the aquarium, described as ‘a world for creative fare’, and Tasca by Jose Avilliez at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, serving ‘vibrant, innovative’ Portuguese cuisine.

Gregoire Berger, Executive Chef at Ossiano, located at the Atlantis aquarium, The Palm hotel. The Michelin Guide has awarded its restaurant one star, saying it is 'a world of creative cuisine'

Gregoire Berger, Executive Chef at Ossiano, located at the Atlantis aquarium, The Palm hotel. The Michelin Guide has awarded its restaurant one star, saying it is ‘a world of creative cuisine’

The one-star list was completed by renowned three-star chef Massimo Bottura’s Torno Subitohoused in the striking W Hotel on the Palm, featuring ‘Italian classics with a twist’; Tresind Studiooffering ‘accurately executed multi-course tasting menus with herbs and flowers grown on the roof terrace’, and Hosekica nine-seat omakase restaurant, run by a sixth-generation sushi master, Masahiro Sugiyama, on the fourth floor of the Bulgari Hotel, which uses fresh ingredients imported from Japan daily.

“I think this should be a game-changer,” Firas Fawaz, founder and managing partner of recommended restaurant The Artisan, told AFP.

“You have the international standard… which pushes us to go the extra mile to deliver something different from the norm.”

Al Muntaha restaurant in the Burj al Arab hotel, pictured, now has a Michelin star for its 'sophisticated French cuisine'

Al Muntaha restaurant in the Burj al Arab hotel, pictured, now has a Michelin star for its ‘sophisticated French cuisine’

Executive Chef Gregoire Berger, Ossiano, commented, “We’ve been waiting so long for this. It’s a great achievement and a testament to the relentless hard work of the team. We look forward to next year. We’re tweaking what needs to be tweaked, and we’ll continue to raise the bar to move Ossiano forward 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 join Hakkasan Mayfair and Hakkasan Hanway Place as the third one-star restaurant in the Hakkasan family, a testament to the support of both Atlantis and Tao Group Hospitality to drive the brand forward and bring the best talent and freshest produce. to make sure we leave our mark.’

Created in 1900 by brothers Andre and Edouard Michelin of tire company Michelin for motorists, the guide has become a reference for foodies and is known for making or breaking careers.

Poullenec said Dubai’s 90 percent expat population, of 200 nationalities, had created an “epic kaleidoscope” in the desert city.

The inclusion of Dubai is an acknowledgment of the diverse nationalities who “bring their experience, their background and culture into every bite,” Issam Kazem, CEO of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce, told AFP.

YUM’S THE WORD: THE DUBAI RESTAURANTS REVENED BY THE MICHELIN GUIDE

TWO STARS

Il Ristorante – Niko Romito at the Bulgari Resort Dubai

Stay at Yannick Alleno – Palm Jumeirah

A STAR

11 Wood fire

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

Torno Subito – W Hotel

Tresind Studio

Hoseki – Bulgari Hotel

BIB GOURMAND

Al Khayma

Ace Maryam

Brasserie Boulud

Fi’Lia

folly

Goldfish

Ibn Albahra

Indya by Vineet

kinoya

Nineveh

Orfali Bros

REIF Japanese Kushiyaki

Shabestan

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