Unveiled on 21 June 2022, the first-ever selection of the MICHELIN Guide Dubai embodies the diversity of the city’s vibrant culinary landscape and covers a total of 69 restaurants serving 21 types of cuisine. In this year’s edition of the Guide, two restaurants have been awarded Two MICHELIN Stars, 9 One MICHELIN Star, and 14 have received a Bib Gourmand.
We asked the MICHELIN inspectors about some of the dishes that really impressed them in the selected restaurants. Here are 8 of their favourite dishes.
Inspector’s notes: I might not have tried every version in the city but seeing these made to order by the man on his rug using a little stove, they tasted extra special. Served hot, they were light, crisp and golden, drizzled with date syrup and dusted with sesame seeds, traditional and I loved them.
Al Muntaha (One MICHELIN Star) – Tarte Tatin
Inspector’s notes: Lightly caramelised Granny Smith apple with a wonderfully spiced ginger ice cream subtly spiked with apple liqueur. An artistic creation, elevating the classic Tarte Tatin to the next level.
Bait Maryam (Bib Gourmand) - Kunafa With Pistachio
Inspector’s notes: They prepare and bake this to order, and the filling of ashta is made by hand, super fine kataifi pastry, baked in a beautiful rose syrup and finished with pistachio. I enjoyed these so much I took one home with me!
Il Ristorante-Niko Romito (Two MICHELIN Stars) – Linguine di semola con aragosta e gamberi rossi
Inspector’s notes: The linguine was excellent and cooked to perfection. Each strand was perfectly coated with a rich shellfish sauce that was delicious. Wonderfully fresh red prawns and medallions of lobster with all this richness tempered by a little acidity from some lemon.
Moonrise (MICHELIN Selected) – Foie Gras Puri
Inspector’s notes: Prepared individually as we watched, a super crisp puri filled with a delicious foie gras cream, date, a hint of saffron and a pineapple chutney laced with a touch of Sichuan chilli oil and some freshly grated black truffle. Just one mouthful but it stimulated every taste bud.
Ossiano (One MICHELIN Star) – Rade De Brest Scallop, Morel & Artichoke
Inspector’s notes: The highlight of my dinner, the scallop was superb, of pristine quality, perfectly caramelised and with a refined texture. Artichoke and roasted morels, parmesan and truffle. Rich, heavily perfumed and with a stunning combination of flavours.
STAY by Yannick Alléno (Two MICHELIN Stars) – Scallops Quenelle
Inspector’s notes: Simply superb, minced scallop with a delicate silky mousseline packed with intense scallop flavour. A classic and beautifully balanced Meursault butter sauce, finished with mushrooms. A classic dish and one with elegance and matchless sophistication.
Trèsind Studio (One MICHELIN Star) – Padrón Pepper, Pickled Chutney, Buttermilk Curry Ice Cream
Inspector’s notes: A fried padrón pepper was filled with an emulsion of pickled mango chutney which burst with flavour from an array of spices; mustard, fennel, onion and fenugreek. A soft gently spiced buttermilk ice cream was spiked with chilli oil; each bite was an explosion of flavours.