Dubai is a city for stars. An increasing number of restaurants with celebrity chefs have opened amidst Dubai’s culinary landscape. They serve food of Indian, Japanese, Italian and French origin and are renowned world-wide for their innovative concoctions. Here are our picks for Dubai’s top five.
Festival Centre, Festival City
UK celebrity Chef Jamie Olivier's first restaurant in Dubai is one not to forgo. His attractive and cozy loft space-style venue boasts of deliciously concocted Italian dishes made with fresh produce and his innovative and creative flair.
Gary Rhodes' Mezzanine
Renowned British chef Gary Rhodes has come to Dubai. His restaurant, the refined and elegant Rhodes Mezzanine, features many of his original dishes and a few new innovative specialties. Try the langoustine and scallops with caviar hollandaise or the beef fillet flanked by oxtail-stuffed lettuce balls and mushroom-stuffed cherry tomatoes.
Celebrity Chef Vineet Bhatia's Indego restaurant in the Grosvenor House bursts with delicious Indian flavors from his specialty cuisine. The first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, Bhatia's restaurant promises to be the best in town. Try a variety of yummy samosas and the tandoori salmon. Creative innovative desserts such as the chocolate samosas are a must.
Atlantis, The Palm
Enjoy the Japanese specialties of chef Nobu Matsuhisa at his renowned Nobu restaurant in Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah. The enticing dim-lit contemporary atmosphere brings to life his imaginative dishes such as yellowtail sashimi in jalapenos, squid pasta with light garlic sauce, and black cod miso.
Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire
Six time Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire has opened a high-class French restaurant in Dubai's Intercontinental Hotel in Festival City. Boasting luxurious baroque decor with rich red upholstery, Reflets serves an array of the celebrity chef's specialty dishes and is often noted as one of the city's best restaurants. Termed the "father of molecular gastronomy," most of the foods prepared will arrive in parts. Get prepared for a delicious gourmet culinary adventure.