The most prestigious restaurant guide that outlines the best of UAE’s culinary landscape is back with its second edition, and this time 134 superb restaurants have made the cut
Gault & Millau UAE, one of the most prestigious restaurant guides in the country, has released its 2023 edition, and 134 restaurants across the UAE have reason to celebrate! The country’s culinary scene has been growing at lightning speed and is now recognised as one of the world’s best. Being featured in the Gault & Millau guide is a significant achievement for any restaurant or hotel, and it is a testament to the high standards and quality of the establishment. French in origin, the guide has been in existence since 1969 and is known for its rigorous and independent evaluation of restaurants.
Dotted with new concepts, lavish venues, culinary masterpieces, and award-winning international chefs, UAE's culinary scene is overflowing with options, and it is no surprise that the country has continued to gain recognition in recent years as a culinary destination. From high-end fine dining to tasty street food, and everything in between, there is something for every palate. The diversity of UAE’s F&B scene is a direct representation of how the country is a melting pot of global cultures and flavours, and one of the main reasons why people from all parts of the world continue to feel at home here.
Restaurateurs are extremely conscious of the fact that dining is no longer a simple “eat-and-leave” experience. Diners across the world are expecting their meals to be an experience in themselves, and in tandem with this demand, restaurants are constantly innovating, revamping, and doing their best to stay a cut above the rest. New dining concepts are constantly springing up and old ones are being mastered to perfection. With this much precision required, it is an exciting time for the culinary sector in UAE, as chefs and restaurants are consistently outperforming themselves and energies are higher than ever before. Katch International is thrilled to be amidst this upward trend and proud to be working with so many fantastic establishments within this booming sector.
With Ramadan now upon us, maybe you can find the perfect venue from this list to break your daily fast and sample some exceptional taste sensations in the process. Of the venues that made it to the reputed Gault & Millau 2023 guide, Katch International is the proud PR and Communications partner of the following establishments:
Armani/Hashi, Armani Hotel Dubai
Part of the iconic Armani brand of restaurants, Armani/Hashi is a fine dining establishment that delivers an imaginative twist on traditional and contemporary Japanese cuisine. Tantalising preparations made with the freshest fish, which is flown in daily from around the world, and complemented by a selection of speciality beverages, this restaurant serves nothing but the best. The panoramic terrace setting overlooking the iconic Downtown Dubai skyline and The Dubai Fountain, as well as access to a private lounge serving flavourful hubbly bubbly, make this restaurant a must visit.
Armani/Ristorante, Armani Hotel Dubai
Armani/Ristorante, also located within the Armani Hotel Dubai, offers a fine dining experience that's both elegant and refined. The restaurant's focus on traditional Italian cuisine, combined with its modern design and impeccable service, creates a sophisticated atmosphere that's perfect for a special occasion or a romantic evening. The menu boasts classic Italian dishes, expertly prepared with the finest ingredients, along with an extensive grape list that complements the cuisine perfectly.
At.mosphere Restaurant & Lounge, Burj Khalifa
At.mosphere Restaurant & Lounge, located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, is one of Dubai's most iconic dining destinations. With breathtaking views of the city from the world's tallest building, the restaurant offers a luxurious dining experience that's second to none. The menu features contemporary European cuisine with innovative cocktails, all to be enjoyed amidst the clouds at the dizzying height of 442 metres from the ground.
Katch International is also proud to be the PR and Communications partner of several marquee hotels, and the following restaurants which are part of these establishments have made it to the exclusive list:
99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant Dubai, Address Downtown Dubai
Located in the stunning Address Downtown Dubai, 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant Dubai offers a contemporary Japanese dining experience that's both elegant and exciting. With a focus on traditional sushi, the restaurant offers a range of creative rolls and sashimi dishes that are expertly prepared and beautifully presented. The chic decor and attentive service make 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant Dubai a favourite amongst Japanese cuisine lovers in the city.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Atlantis The Royal
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, located in the newly opened global icon Atlantis The Royal, is the Dubai outpost of the renowned London restaurant. The menu features contemporary interpretations of historic British dishes, inspired by the recipes and ingredients of the past. The restaurant is renowned for its chic, modern layout and nostalgic ambience.
Estatorio Milos, Atlantis The Royal
Estatorio Milos, also located in Atlantis The Royal, offers a taste of the Mediterranean in the heart of Dubai. With a focus on fresh seafood and traditional Greek cuisine, the restaurant offers a unique culinary experience that's both flavourful and healthy. The restaurant's elegant design and attentive service create a romantic atmosphere that's perfect for that special date night.
Jaleo by José Andres, Atlantis The Royal
Jaleo by José Andres, located in Atlantis The Royal, offers a modern twist on traditional Spanish cuisine. Created by Chef José Andrés, Jaleo highlights the rich regional diversity of Spanish cuisine, recreating his favourite childhood Spanish dishes to perfection. The restaurant's small plates are perfect for sharing, and the creative menu features a range of dishes that are both flavourful and unique.
La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Atlantis The Royal
La Mar by Gaston Acurio, located in Atlantis The Royal, gives diners the chance to explore Peruvian gastronomy at its best. Featuring an enticing menu with upscale Sabores Autenticosthat include Classic Cebiches, delicate Tiraditos, Traditional Peruvian Potato Causas, and even freshly grilled Anticucho, street food style favourites. To complete the ultimate Peruvian experience, relish a crisp glass of Pisco Sour as you watch the sunset over the horizon from the outdoor terrace bar.
Ling Ling, Atlantis The Royal
Ling Ling, the final venue on the list that is located in Atlantis The Royal, is a stylish lounge that serves artisanal cocktails and small plates. The menu features a range of Asian-inspired dishes, expertly prepared by the restaurant's talented chefs. The lounge's buzzing and vibrant ambience makes it the perfect spot for a night out with friends.
Mott32, Address Beach Resort
Located at the iconic Address Beach Resort, Mott32 is not just a restaurant, it's a culinary adventure that will take your taste buds on a wild ride. From traditional Chinese dishes with a modern twist to the most luxurious dim sum, Mott32 is the ultimate dining destination for those who crave bold and innovative flavours. With stunning views of the glittering Dubai skyline, Mott32 is the perfect place to indulge in delicious food and soak up the city's vibrant atmosphere.
Nobu, Atlantis, The Palm
Nobu at Atlantis, The Palm is the epitome of sophistication and class. This world-renowned restaurant serves up some of the most exquisite Japanese cuisine in Dubai, with an emphasis on fresh, high-quality ingredients and impeccable presentation. From sushi to sashimi, Nobu is a feast for the senses that will leave you feeling both satisfied and impressed. The ambience is stylish and elegant, making it the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or special occasion.
Ossiano, Atlantis, The Palm
A one Michelin Star restaurant, Ossiano at Atlantis, The Palm is an underwater wonderland that will transport you to another world. This breathtaking restaurant features a massive aquarium that stretches from floor to ceiling, housing an array of exotic marine life. As you dine on the finest seafood dishes, you can watch as schools of fish and rays glide by, creating a truly magical atmosphere. Ossiano is the ultimate dining experience for those who seek adventure and wonder in their culinary endeavours.
Byblos Sur Mer, InterContinental Abu Dhabi
Byblos Sur Mer at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi is a true gem in the city's culinary scene. This Lebanese restaurant offers a range of fine foods from the mezze platters to the succulent grilled meats. The real treat, however, is the belly dancing show that takes place every night, adding an extra layer of entertainment to the already lively ambience. The dancers move to the beat of the music, their colourful costumes flowing with every step, creating an unforgettable experience that will leave you tapping your toes and clapping your hands. Byblos Sur Mer is a feast for the senses that you won't want to miss!
While this was the list of Katch’s associations who made it to the exclusive Gault & Millau UAE2023 list, congratulations also go out to Butcher & Still, Four Seasons Abu Dhabi at Al MaryahIsland, Catch, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, La Salle, Saadiyat Beach Club, 11 Woodfire, Jumeirah, Akira Back, W Dubai – The Palm, Caviar Kaspia, DIFC, and Social, Waldorf Astoria The Palm, amongst many others. It is a privilege for the UAE to have 134 restaurants mentioned in this iconic review, and an indicator of the degree of excellence the F&B scene in the country has achieved.
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