Michelin has unveiled the 2022 selection of the MICHELIN Guide Dubai – the very first edition in the United Arab Emirates – celebrating Dubai’s spectacular culinary map, which is as vibrant and diverse as it is energetic. A total of 69 restaurants covering 21 types of cuisine were selected and recommended by anonymous MICHELIN Guide inspectors.
In its first edition, the MICHELIN Guide Dubai 2022 rewards two 2-star MICHELIN restaurants, nine 1-star MICHELIN restaurants and 14 Bib Gourmand restaurants.
“This very first selection of restaurants in Dubai marks a historic moment for the MICHELIN Guide and the Middle East. » says Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guide. “What makes Dubai’s culinary landscape so distinctive is its reflection of the more than 200 nationalities that call the city home, providing an epicurean kaleidoscope. One thing that all restaurants in this dynamic and stylish city have in common is that they are brimming with passion and enthusiasm. Today, Dubai has established itself as an inspiring gastronomic destination and we have no doubt that foodies around the world will be seduced by its unique energy.
Two restaurants awarded two MICHELIN stars
Il Ristorante – Niko Romito receives two MICHELIN stars for its modern, balanced, pure and clear Italian cuisine. Top quality ingredients are flown in from Italy, including fish and pasta dishes.
Located in a colonial-style property at The Palm, STAY by Yannick Alléno impresses with its less is more approach, which results in precise and sophisticated dishes, skilfully crafted with French cuisine as a base.
9 restaurants awarded a MICHELIN star
Showcasing the excellence, talent and creativity of Dubai’s culinary landscape, 9 restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines, from Portuguese to Indian, Japanese and Chinese, are awarded a MICHELIN star. 11 Log fire by Malaysian-born chef-owner Akmal Anuar offers a global variety of vegetables, seafood and meats grilled to perfection over oak, hickory or hay.
Led by Saverio Sbaragli, who perfected his skills at the Michelin Three Star Arpège, Al Muntaha sits atop the architectural masterpiece of Burj al Arab and offers sophisticated and refined French cuisine with Mediterranean influences.
Armani-Restaurant presents precise and modern Italian cuisine at the Burj Khalifa, where beautifully decorated dishes are greeted by attentive and enthusiastic service. Italian specialties such as agnolotti del plin, filetto di scorfano and agnello al mirto testify to the mastery of the chefs.
First opened in London in 2001, the Dubai outpost of Hakkasan at the Atlantis Hotel offers reimagined Chinese dishes exclusive to Dubai, including lychee lobster with yuzu pearl.
Hoseki is a nine-seat omakase restaurant run by sixth-generation sushi master Masahiro Sugiyama. Located on the fourth floor of the Bulgari Hotel, it offers a bespoke omakase experience using fresh ingredients imported daily from Japan.
Located in the basement of the Atlantis hotel next to the aquarium, Ossiano is a world of creative cuisine, and its “Metanoia” menus are inspired by chef Grégoire Berger’s childhood memories, offering dishes with fine contrasts in texture and impressive sharpness of flavors.
The first international outpost of world-renowned Portuguese chef José Avillez, Tasca by Jose Avillez at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel revolves around an open kitchen, where the talented kitchen team combines high-quality, fresh produce with vibrant, innovative, sharing Portuguese dishes.
Owned by internationally renowned chef Massimo Bottura, Torno Subito Located in the impressive W Hotel on the Palm, it offers Italian classics, pasta dishes and desserts with a twist.
Tresind Studio is the brainchild of Himanshu Saini, who offers original and precision-executed multi-course tasting menus featuring herbs and flowers grown on his rooftop terrace, with highlights such as ghee-roasted crab, tandoori chicken dumpling and morel pulao with Assam tea dashi.
14 restaurants receive a Bib Gourmand
The 2022 edition of the MICHELIN Guide Dubai also highlights 14 Bib Gourmand restaurants that offer a value-for-money dining experience for an average price of AED 250 for a 3-course meal.
Half restaurant, half museum, Al Khayma focuses on simple rustic Emirati cuisine, slow-cooked meats, Arabic spices and fresh bread baked in the courtyard. Named after Maryam, the mother of chief patron Salam Dakkak, Bait Maryam serves delicious homemade Levantine dishes cooked with love. Boulud Brewery offers a little piece of France in a classic-style brasserie, offering everything from snails and roast duck to tarte tatin and floating island. Run by 25-year-old chef Sara Aqel and run by an almost all-female kitchen team, Fi’Lia celebrates the culinary knowledge passed down from generation to generation by women with a menu of artisan pizzas with contemporary twists on traditional Italian dishes.
Madness offers an ingredient-driven menu that focuses on precise, modern dishes prepared from a kitchen counter where diners can watch the chefs in action. Goldfish is a funky, buzzy sushi and yakitori concept from chef Akmal Anuar, and sharing plates and wagyu steak is the order of the day. With great views of the beach from the beautiful terrace, Ibn Albar houses a fresh fish counter where diners can choose what to eat and enjoy ingredient-based dishes.
Indya by Vineet is the destination where street food meets shareable plates, with colorful earth (vegetarian), land (meat) and sea dishes. Kinoya, five ramen dishes underpin the menu, while Japanese classics such as sushi, sashimi, robata and tempura are on offer. The design to Nineveh reflects a Bedouin tent with low tables and comfortable sofas, which sets the tone for tasty and affordable dishes from all over the Middle East and North Africa. Owned and managed by three Syrian brothers, Orfali Brothers is set in a striking two-story open kitchen, where playful Mediterranean small plates with global influences, such as imam bayildi, are served alongside burgers, caviar and wagyu beef.
Led by Singaporean chef-owner Reif Othman, REIF Japanese Kushiyaki focuses on street food style snacks cooked in robata as well as a wide range of sushi, ramen and creative desserts at good prices. The oldest Persian restaurant in Dubai, Shabestan has been around since 1984 and offers traditional Persian dishes, marinated meats, fresh breads and mezes. Teible is the cool, minimalist bakery-restaurant that showcases seasonal, local, and sometimes fermented ingredients in high-value dishes.
A restaurant awarded a MICHELIN green star for sustainable gastronomy
The MICHELIN Guide is delighted to highlight establishments at the forefront of sustainable gastronomy. This year, a restaurant in Dubai is being recognized for its outstanding efforts and remarkable commitment to sustainability. Lowe, a MICHELIN-recommended restaurant by culinary duo Kate Christou and Jesse Blake, is the first and only restaurant in Dubai to receive a MICHELIN Green Star. The kitchen team cooks over the fire, cooks from nose to tail and sources as much locally as possible. As part of their efforts towards zero food waste, the restaurant’s “Waste NOT” dinners feature eight to ten dishes of potential waste, saved over the previous months.
MICHELIN special prices
As MICHELIN Guide inspectors dine and observe restaurants, they monitor service professionals to unearth talent worthy of special MICHELIN accolades.
This year the Young Chef Award goes to Solemann Haddad from the Michelin-selected restaurant moonrise. Born and raised in Dubai with a French mother and a Syrian father, Solemann’s fascination with food and Japan began at a very young age. Self-taught for the most part, this eloquent, passionate and attentive chef takes pleasure in explaining his dishes, their origins, and even divulging the secrets of their execution. By taking the best, mostly local, ingredients and fusing them with his heritage, he offers an exciting omakase menu which is a blend of Japanese Kaiseki with Middle Eastern ingredients.
Danijela Tesic from Ossiano bring home the Sommelier Award for his passion and enthusiasm for wine pairings, demonstrating his knowledge of wines in a very relaxed and unpretentious style. His choices feature an interesting range of wines from classic regions with a stimulating blend of varietals. With a delightfully friendly approach, she engages with diners and makes wine an integral and empowering part of the dining experience.
The Hospitality and Service Award is handed over to the Bait Maryam team. Our inspectors were immediately won over by the warm welcome they received when they dined here. Salam and his family showed genuine hospitality to everyone. The service is relaxed and cheerful, with the whole team working perfectly together to ensure that diners really enjoy their experience. From helpful food recommendations to quick and efficient service, Bait Maryam offers some of the most charming service in town at a restaurant that wants everyone to feel at home.
The MICHELIN Guide Dubai 2022 in brief:
2 restaurants with two MICHELIN stars
9 restaurants with a MICHELIN star
1 restaurant with a MICHELIN green star
14 Bib Gourmet restaurants
44 restaurants selected by MICHELIN
The replay of the MICHELIN Stars Revealing Ceremony and other highlights are available on the official MICHELIN Guide Dubai Facebook page and on the MICHELIN Guide Global YouTube channel.
The complete selection of the MICHELIN Guide Dubai 2022 is available on the MICHELIN Guide website https://guide.michelin.com/fr and on the MICHELIN Guide app, available free of charge on iOS and Android.