Dishes will star ingredients sourced both from locally and from Spain and will feature signature tapas, traditional Spanish small plates, paellas and cheeses.
The popular US tapas restaurant from the 49-year-old Spanish-American chef, debuted in Washington DC in the US in 1993, and has grown to have branches in Maryland, Virginia, Las Vegas, Mexico City with another due to open in Florida later this year.
Andrés, who was named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012 and again in 2018, said he is “thrilled” to be bringing Jaleo to The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai.
“It’s our first restaurant in the United Arab Emirates and is an incredible and majestic destination,” he added. “Guests will able to experience Jaleo like they never have before.”
Andrés trained at three-Michelin-starred restaurant elBulli in Catalonia, Spain, before teaching a culinary physics course at US university Harvard. He’s also known for his humanitarian work, helping with disaster relief in Puerto Rico in 2017 post Hurricane Maria. He was named 2018 Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation for his efforts.
Andrés’ restaurant group – ThinkFoodGroup – has 31 outlets, including the Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés, as well as Beefsteak in Washington and Philadelphia, Tres by José Andrés in LA and China Poblano in Las Vegas.
Serge Zaalof, Chief Operating Officer for Atlantis Resorts & Residences said: “As one of the most influential chefs in the world, we have no doubt that the arrival of his authentic and celebrated Spanish concept will be another great addition to the culinary offering at our property.”
The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences is a US$1.4 billion (Dhs5.14 billion) development, on the Eastern crescent of the Palm Jumeirah, which will house almost 800 guest rooms and more than 230 serviced apartments.
It will also be home to Dinner from Heston Blumenthal. The British chef behind The Fat Duck will be bringing his creative spark and innovative gastronomy dishes to Dubai in what will be his first restaurant in the city.