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With so many fine-dining alternatives available in Dubai, it’s not easy to pick and choose a restaurant that will satisfy all of your food cravings. The Michelin Guide has now approached the UAE and will launch a Dubai edition in June 2022. You can now browse Michelin-recommended eats near you and check out the best dining spots in town.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Michelin guide in Dubai and its starred restaurants and chefs.

What is the Michelin Guide?

The Michelin Guides are a sequence of guide books that have been produced over the years by the French tire company Michelin. The guide offers its restaurant reviews in short summaries, symbols, and the well-acclaimed Michelin stars. Restaurants are awarded 0 to 3 stars for their food quality based on specific criteria. The Michelin Guide covers over 36 culinary destinations across North America, South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific.

 

The Michelin Guide is notorious for bestowing a maximum of 3 stars on select restaurants. Following are the Michelin star rating descriptions:

  • 1 Michelin star: A very good restaurant with great food and is worth a stop.
  • 2 Michelin stars: Excellent cooking and worth a detour.
  • 3 Michelin stars: Exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.

Currently, France has the most Michelin star restaurants with the highest Michelin star rating, followed by Japan and Italy. Moreover, Tokyo alone has 217 Michelin star restaurants with a significant lead over any other city in the world. Dubai being the latest addition to the Michelin Guide, will have a full 2022 selection of restaurants in the city that will be available on the Michelin Guide website and on the app (iOS and Android).

 

Michelin guide Dubai requirements

The Michelin Guide will launch a Dubai edition this June to help you on your dining quest; here are some things you should know about the Michelin Guide Dubai:

  • Anonymous inspectors have monitored the city’s restaurants for the past 5 years, understanding and trailing several restaurants on their food quality.
  • Since Dubai has more than 200 nationalities, the selection of cuisines will be diverse.
  • The Bib Gourmand – the company’s official mascot used for rating establishments that serve good food at reasonable prices will also be in Dubai.
  • Michelin Guide printed books will not be available in Dubai. The guide will be available online or through the Michelin app.
  • Dubai’s Michelin restaurants will be announced in June 2022.

Michelin inspectors are 100 per cent anonymous. The restaurant chefs and staff will not be able to recognize the inspector, which ensures an authentic and fair food rating. The restaurant selection criteria for the Michelin Guide Dubai will be based on the following five criteria:

  1. The quality of the products
  2. The mastery of cooking techniques and flavour
  3. The personality of the chef represented in the dining experience
  4. The harmony of flavours
  5. Consistency between inspectors’ visits

 

The stars and restaurant selections are updated once a year; if an establishment does not live up to the mark each year, it can lose its place in the Michelin Guide.

Michelin star chefs and restaurants in Dubai 2022

Securing a Michelin star is the highest privilege for any chef and a mention in the Michelin Guide speaks volumes for a restaurant’s success.

Here is list of restaurants that don’t officially have stars but are owned by Michelin-approved chefs who have received admiration and recognition from across the globe:

Social by Heinz Beck

Offering contemporary Italian cuisine, Social by Heinz Beck at Dubai Palm Jumeirah offers an elegant ambience and a vast selection of innovative and celebratory meals perfect for everyday dining. 3-Michelin-star Chef Heinz Beck produces curated and innovative dishes that are always set to exceed everyone’s expectations.

Rhodes W1, Dubai

 

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Rhodes W1, Dubai, provides exceptional food with a wide range of dishes from a European menu. It is well known for its high standards of service and the brilliant British chef Gary Rhodes who is also a well-known Michelin-star Chef.

Indego by Vineet in Dubai

 

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Guided by Chef Vineet Bhatia, who has earned a Michelin star for his outstanding culinary art, the restaurant features a fusion of modern and traditional presentations. Serving a variety of dishes that blend Indian and European flavours, this place aims to push the boundaries of contemporary Indian cuisine.

Marina Social, Dubai

The Marina Social at Dubai Marina has a British-Mediterranean inspired menu offering some of the most delectable dishes. Headed by most esteemed Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, this restaurant offers an open kitchen and a separate dessert bar allowing patrons to watch and interact with the chefs during their meal. The Marina Social Room is the spot for pre and post-dinner drinks.