The 13 Best Restaurants in Dubai · Trèsind Studio · Orfali Bros Bistro · STAY by Yannick Alléno · Il Ristorante — Niko Romito · Hakkasan · Al Muntaha · Ristorante L'. With space for just 20 people and each seat overlooking the open kitchen, Trèsind Studio promises not only one of the most successful dining experiences in Dubai, but also one of the most intimate. Located in the exclusive island enclave One&Only The Palm, STAY by Yannick Alléno is one of two restaurants in Dubai with two Michelin stars. With Alléno's exclusive version of classic French cuisine, a meal at STAY is nothing short of an epicurean adventure, with a series of surprise tasting menus featuring the best ingredients.
While the restaurant pushes the limits of haute cuisine, the guide placed special emphasis on its praise for the chef's “less is more” approach, a style that is undoubtedly uncommon in Dubai. The Hakkasan group is no stranger to Michelin stars, as its two restaurants in London have one star. Now Hakkasan Dubai has proudly joined the trio. Taking advantage of the growing trend of club-type restaurants, the space moves to the rhythm of a soft-sounding playlist.
However, this festive atmosphere hasn't reduced the quality of the food, as Hakkasan serves its distinctive brand of contemporary Chinese cuisine in the form of an à la carte menu and several exclusive tasting menus. In addition to some classic Hakkasan dishes, there are dishes that are exclusive to Dubai, such as lobster and lychee. Located on the 27th floor of the iconic Burj Al Arab, Al Muntaha occupies what is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after locations in all of Dubai; order a table next to the floor-to-ceiling window for some of the best views of the city. Run by chef Saverio Sbaragli, the restaurant is firmly rooted in European cuisine, with classic French flavors and techniques that are perfectly combined with some Mediterranean touches.
The result is a menu full of daring dishes that has earned Al Muntaha a coveted Michelin star. There's also an impressive champagne menu for when the occasion calls for it. Cooking classes are offered, allowing guests to learn the secrets of this world-famous restaurant chain, created by world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa to redefine Japanese cuisine. You can order their borek (sheets of dough filled with cheese and parsley) for breakfast, gozleme (flatbreads) stuffed with lamb and veal for lunch and islak hamburgers (wet) late at night dipped in tomato sauce, such as those eaten in Istanbul's Taksim Square.
Some visitors choose to dine high above the city's streets, on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) or in a restaurant suspended by a construction crane. Allo Beirut, a modern and colorful roadside restaurant, serves energetic Levantine cuisine, including a juicy, perfectly roasted shawarma that's hard to match elsewhere in Dubai. The second restaurant in Dubai to receive two Michelin stars is Il Ristorante by Niko Romito, which is located inside the incredibly luxurious Bulgari Hotel. Opened in 1993, Firas is one of the oldest dessert stores in Dubai and satisfies customers with sweets from all over the Middle East.
Even if you don't stay in an attic during your visit, eating in Dubai is a rich experience, with flavors from Arabia and beyond in one dish. With more than 50 branches around the world, Saravana Bhavan claims to be the best vegetarian Indian restaurant in the world. Dubai's dining scene has seen an impressive increase in recent years, and its upscale restaurants have responded to the influx of demanding visitors. Seats on the garden terrace offer panoramic views of Dubai's marina, with lush interiors of greenery and elegant yellow accents with a fresh and energetic appeal.
The Michelin-starred restaurant L'Olivo in Capri brings the taste of Italy to the city as one of the best places to eat in Dubai. Founded by the self-proclaimed first Arab teacher, Hattem Mattar, Mattar Farm smokes the best meat in Dubai. Umami, part of a group of restaurants created in the 1980s to bring Asian cuisine to Dubai (including the Chinese Palace restaurant, the Mongolian barbecue restaurant and the Koryo Korean restaurant), serves Japanese cuisine very different from the exaggerated omakases of nearby resorts. Recently named the number one restaurant in the Middle East and North Africa by the 50 Best award panel, Orfali Bros Bistro is a must-see in Dubai.