6 Dubai restaurants opened by Michelin starred chefs

Dubai has seen an increasing focus on high-class cuisine in recent years. Although the city doesn’t have its own Michelin star restaurant just yet, an abundance of chefs who have the prestigious award are in residence. The variety means there should be something to please everyone, and we look at six choices that are worth a visit.

Clé Dubai
Where: DIFC
Who’s got the star? Greg Malouf
Price for two? AED900 for two (Arabesque menu)
Greg Malouf’s Clé Dubai opened in October of last year, and to quite a fanfare. The concept is a rather bold one, with Malouf serving up his contemporary take on Middle Eastern cuisine. He does at least have the heritage; brought up in Melbourne to Lebanese parents, he crafts gourmet versions of popular dishes, including salmon kibbe and what he calls “mama ganoush”, his take on the aubergine dip more commonly known as baba ganoush. His desire to put Middle Eastern food on the map seems to be working, especially when paired with the sophisticated black interior.

Rhodes W1
Where: Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
Who’s got the star? Gary Rhodes
Price for two? AED800
Replacing the Rhodes Mezzanine in Grosvenor House, RW1 picks up where its forbear left off. Describing itself as “a quintessentially British restaurant”, the cuisine offered shows a different approach – including items such as Welsh rarebit, crab quiche and black bream alongside hearty favourites such as Irish stew and shepherd’s pie. The Halibut with broken braised oxtails, though, remains a favourite option. The bright interior is also complimented by friendly service, which is particularly important in a restaurant as invariably busy as this one.

Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire
Where: The Intercontinental, Festival City
Who’s got the star? Pierre Gagnaire
Price for two? AED800
Any chef with three Michelin stars to their name must merit more than the usual attention and Pierre Gagnaire’s waterfront restaurant at the Intercontinental in Festival City deserves exactly that. The French menu is almost a literary endeavour, offering dishes such as milk-fed lamb shoulder marinated with Sarriette and Fenugrec, slowly braised in the oven, and wild seabass roasted and finished in fresh butter asparagus velouté flavoured with cardamom, mango and celeriac brunoise. It is, we can assure you, every bit as good as it sounds.
Contact: www.diningdfc.com/Restaurant-details/13/ReflettsStay by Yannick Alleno
Where: The One and Only Palm Jumeirah
Who’s got the star? Yannick Alleno
Price for two? AED550
The second three-star French chef on the list, Yannick Alleno focuses less on extravagant ideas and more on the exquisite preparation of simple, classic dishes such as rack of lamb and seabass. As good as the savoury dishes are, however, the highlight might well be the Pastry Library, which offers the likes of frozen strawberry with lime zest and popping candy and crunchy lemon mille-feuille.
Contact: thepalm.oneandonlyresorts.com/cuisine/stay.aspx

Indego by Vineet
Where: Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
Who’s got the star? Vineet Bhatia
Price for two? AED675
Such is the success of Indian fine-dining restaurant Indego at the Grosvenor House hotel in the Marina, that two-star Michelin chef Vineet Bhatia is already planning a second location. Frankly, the opportunity to share the likes of his Kolhapuri Seabass with a wider audience is certainly a good one.

Where: Shangri La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Who’s got the star? Vikas Khanna
Price for two? AED800
The newest addition to the list came in January with the arrival of Junoon, a Michelin-winning Indian restaurant concept that first saw the light of day in New York in 2010. It is another excellent addition to the Shangri La’s incredible array of dining options.
Contact: www.shangri-la.com/Dubai

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