Dubai’s dining scene has exploded in recent years, with world-class chefs opening up restaurants around the city. And now, with the release of the Michelin Guide’s 2023 selection, it’s clear that Dubai’s culinary offerings are only getting better.
The Michelin Guide, which originated in France and is now considered one of the most prestigious restaurant guides in the world, has been reviewing restaurants in Dubai since 2019. The 2023 selection includes 26 restaurants, with six new additions and several restaurants receiving upgraded ratings.
One of the most exciting new additions to the Michelin Guide is Zuma Dubai, which was awarded one Michelin star. With locations in London, Hong Kong, and Istanbul, Zuma Dubai is known for its sophisticated take on Japanese cuisine, with dishes like king crab with ponzu and truffle and wagyu beef with wasabi, yuzu, and truffle.
Another newcomer to the Michelin Guide is The Experience by Reif Othman, which was awarded two Michelin stars. Located in the H Hotel, The Experience offers a 16-course tasting menu that showcases Othman’s innovative and playful approach to cooking. Dishes like “Pillow Talk” (a savory pillow filled with seafood and truffle) and “The Cigar” (a chocolate cigar filled with foie gras) are sure to impress even the most jaded foodies.
Other restaurants that received upgrades in the Michelin Guide include French fine-dining restaurant La Petite Maison, which was awarded two Michelin stars, and contemporary Indian restaurant Tresind, which was awarded one Michelin star. La Petite Maison is known for its refined take on classic French dishes like steak tartare and bouillabaisse, while Tresind offers a modern take on Indian cuisine with dishes like goat keema with quail egg and “pasta” made from lentils.
In addition to the new stars and upgraded ratings, the Michelin Guide also includes several restaurants that have been included in previous editions. One of these is the iconic Burj Al Arab, which is home to several Michelin-starred restaurants including Al Mahara (which features a stunning aquarium as its centerpiece) and Scape (which offers Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a stunning view of the Dubai skyline).
Another restaurant that has remained a staple in the Michelin Guide is Ossiano, located in the Atlantis, The Palm. This underwater restaurant is the only one of its kind in Dubai, with diners surrounded by a stunning aquarium filled with sharks, stingrays, and other sea creatures. The food is also top-notch, with dishes like slow-cooked octopus with hazelnut and squid ink gnocchi.
But the Michelin Guide isn’t just about fancy fine-dining restaurants. One of the new additions to the guide is Karak House, a casual cafe that specializes in Emirati comfort food like karak (a traditional spiced tea) and shakshouka (eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce). With its cozy, welcoming atmosphere and delicious food, Karak House is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience traditional Emirati cuisine.
Overall, the Michelin Guide’s 2023 selection is a testament to Dubai’s growing culinary scene. From casual cafes to high-end fine-dining restaurants, there’s something for everyone in this dynamic and diverse city. And with so many new restaurants opening up all the time, it’s clear that Dubai’s dining scene is only going to continue to get better. Whether you’re a foodie or just looking for a great meal, Dubai is definitely a destination worth exploring.