Famed French chef Paul Bocuse once said, “Michelin is the only guide that counts.” Indeed, earning a Michelin star is a big deal, and this week, the prestigious culinary accolade was awarded to 14 restaurants in Dubai by the esteemed annual guide during a press conference at the Atlantis The Royal. Tuesday’s ceremony was the second edition of the prestigious food awards, which were first introduced in the city in 2022. While 11 restaurants retained their Michelin star status, three new dining spots were added to the list of buzz-worthy restaurants. Read on to meet your Michelin star class of 2023.
The omakase restaurant located on the rooftop of Eden House was founded by Syrian-French chef Solemann Haddad two-years-ago. The 27-year-old, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Tokyo, is one of the most talked-about young restauranteurs in the city and was the recipient of Michelin’s Young Chef Award in 2022. Moonrise is known for its creative and cleverly-constructed dishes that incorporate only the finest Japanese and European ingredients, like caviar and truffles imported from Italy and seafood from the Toyosu Market in Tokyo. Each mouth-watering dish on the omakase menu is infused with a Middle Eastern touch through its flavors and techniques, which Haddad thoughtfully explains before serving.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Inspired by the 16th century Tudor architectural style, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal invites up to 12 guests to sit around an oval sapele and rosewood table and get a taste of historic British cuisine dating back to the 1300s. The two-Michelin star restaurant was opened by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, who has another venue in London. Simply put, it’s an elevated dining experience that will certainly ensure a second date (wink, wink).
The first, and only, vegetarian fine dining experience in the city, Avantara bills itself as “a reincarnation of soulful Indian food.” The restaurant’s menu focuses on too-pretty-to-eat plates of clean seasonal vegetables and fresh produce and dairy products sourced from local farms. Right now, chef Rahul Rana is serving up nutritious dishes loaded up with root chips, tempered chana mash, and pomegranate chutney as well as turnip steak, berry pulao, and chili curry, but come fall and winter time, he will be switching it up, meaning that there is always something new and exciting to discover on the menu.