(Bloomberg) — Dubai can now add Michelin stars to its glitzy appeal.
The restaurant guide awarded its coveted stars to Dubai restaurants for the first time, releasing a list Tuesday of 11 restaurants that received at least one star.
Another 14 places were honored with a Bib Gourmand award, which is given to high-quality food at lower prices.
The French restaurant rating company has been expanding in recent years, despite the pandemic interruption, to award stars in new regions, sometimes in partnership with local tourism agencies. It published its first guide to restaurants in Florida earlier this month and plans one for Canada in the autumn.
Michelin is also including new categories for recognition. In 2020, the guide started awarding “green stars” for restaurants with a sustainable focus; one restaurant in Dubai received a green star this year, LOWE.
The two Dubai restaurants selected for two stars are, like many top restaurants in the emirate, housed within hotels. Il Ristorante – Niko Romito is at the Bulgari Hotel, while the second, STAY by Yannick Alléno, is at the One&Only hotel on the Palm Jumeirah.
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The guide noted the mix of cuisines that can be found in a city that is populated almost entirely by expats. Notably, however, the two restaurants rated highest were Italian and French cuisine.
“What makes Dubai’s culinary landscape so distinctive is its refection of the more than 200 nationalities that call the city home, delivering an epicurean kaleidoscope,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides. “Today, Dubai is settled as an inspiring gastronomic destination, and we have no doubts that gourmets from all over the world will be seduced by its very unique energy.”
Here’s the full list:
Il Ristorante – Niko RomitoSTAY by Yannick Alléno
One Star11 WoodfireAl MuntahaArmani RistoranteHakkasanHösekiOssianoTasca by José AvillezTorno SubitoTrèsind Studio
Bib GourmandAl KhaymaBait MaryamBrasserie BouludFi’LiaFollyGoldfishIbn AlbahrIndya by VineetKinoyaNiniveOrfali BrosREIF Japanese KushiyakiShabestanTeible