The first edition of the famous guide to the UAE introduces restaurants in Dubai. In total, anonymous Michelin Guide inspectors selected and recommended 69 establishments that offer 21 cuisines from around the world. Of these, two restaurants are awarded two Michelin stars, nine are awarded one star and 14 are in the Bib Gourmand category.

“This very first selection of our restaurants in Dubai marks a historic moment for Michelin Guide and the entire Middle East,” notes Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guide. – All the restaurants in this dynamic city have one thing in common: they are full of passion and enthusiasm. Today, Dubai is considered an inspiring gastronomic destination, and we have no doubt that foodies from all over the world will be captivated by its unique energy.”

So, Il Ristorante – Niko Romito has been awarded two Michelin stars for its contemporary Italian cuisine, characterised by balance and simplicity. The top-quality ingredients are sourced from Italy, including for the fish and pasta dishes.

The second “winner” of two stars is STAY by Yannick Alléno, a colonial-style restaurant located at One & Only The Palm. The result of its impressive “less is more” approach is exquisite French cuisine.

Among the nine establishments awarded one Michelin star is 11 Woodfire by chef Akmal Anuar, a Malay of origin. He offers guests a wide selection of vegetables, seafood and meats perfectly grilled using oak, hickory or hay wood.

Al Muntaha Restaurant, headed by Saverio Sbaragli, who honed his skills at the Arpège restaurant in Paris (incidentally, a three Michelin star), is located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab. If you are a fan of fine French cuisine with Mediterranean overtones, this is the place for you.

Armani Ristorante located in the Burj Khalifa presents modern Italian cuisine. Highly skilful chefs display such dishes as beef ravioli with cabbage, sea bass fillet and lamb with lemon myrtle.

First opened in London in 2001, Hakkasan was the first Cantonese restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star. Now the Hakkasan at the Atlantis Hotel has followed suit, offering reimagined Chinese dishes exclusive to the Emirate. These include lobster with lychee and yuzu pearls.

Höseki is a nine-seat omakase restaurant run by sixth-generation sushi master Masahiro Sugiyama. Located on the fourth floor of the Bulgari Hotel, the restaurant serves bespoke dishes using fresh ingredients flown in daily from Japan.

Ossiano restaurant, which is located at the Atlantis Hotel next to the Aquarium, presents a Metanoia menu inspired by the childhood memories of Chef Gregoire Berger.

The first international outpost of internationally renowned Portuguese chef José Avillez, Tasca by José Avillez at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is set around an open kitchen. The talented team of chefs uses fresh, high-quality produce to create innovative and original Portuguese cuisine that is perfect for large groups.

Owned by internationally renowned chef Massimo Bottura, the Torno Subito is located at the W Hotel on the Palm. Guests can enjoy classic Italian dishes, pasta dishes and extraordinary desserts here.

Finally, Trèsind Studio is the brainchild of Himanshu Saini. This company has prepared an original tasting menu with several dishes featuring herbs and flowers grown on the rooftop terrace. Special highlights include ghee-fried crab, tandoori chicken dumplings and morel mushroom pulao.

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