11 hot new restaurants to watch out for in 2019

Dubai’s foodies can expect exciting new openings from Michelin-starred chefs

11 hot new restaurants to watch out for in 2019

2019 is set to be a great year for foodies in Dubai, as there are a tonne of restaurants from celebrity chefs to open. From top-class Italians, to Korean, via a side of tapas there’s plenty to get your teeth into, literally. There will even be theatre-style cuisine courtesy of chef Heston Blumenthal. We round up some of the most exciting restaurants that are due to open in Dubai in 2019. Watch this space.

Akira Back
The Korean Michelin-starred chef is bringing his cooking to the Middle East for the first time, and this new restaurant at W The Palm will boast a menu of Japanese Korean cuisine when it opens. The chef, who was formerly a professional snowboarder, has restaurants across the US and Asia, including in Bangkok, Las Vegas and Vietnam.
Opening 2019. W The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.wdubaithepalm.com.

Alici
When it’s coming from the team behind Time Out Dubai’s Restaurant of the Year (Il Borro Tuscan Bistro), you know it’s going to be an absolute cracker. Italian seafood restaurant Alici, set to open on the Bluewaters island early in 2019. Alici Dubai is inspired by Italy’s famed Amalfi coast, serving up fresh dishes cooked in simple, authentic, traditional style.

Fans of the group’s existing work in the city will be raring to pack their bags and head south to Alici Dubai for the winter. We know we are, because this’ll be something special.
Opening 2019. Bluewaters Dubai, www.alici.com.

Fans of the group’s existing work in the city will be raring to pack their bags and head south to Alici Dubai for the winter. We know we are, because this’ll be something special.
Opening 2019. Bluewaters Dubai, www.alici.com.

Ariana’s Persian Kitchen
The Iranian-American chef is due to open Ariana’s Persian Kitchen at The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences which is due to open on the Palm next year.

The popular TV chef and cookbook author, famed for “Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes” and television travel show Ariana’s Persian Kitchen, will be bringing her signature dishes to Dubai. Dishes will be served family-style, and promise to be a “modern twist on Persian classics in terms of textures, ingredients and presentation”. Dishes will include Ariana’s Caspian-style filet kabab, rose-scented sea bass and plenty of authentic mezze. There will be a selection of ice creams, too, starring flavours such as saffron, rose water and pistachio.
Opening 2019. The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, Palm Jumeirah. www.theroyalatlantisresidences.com.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Experimental chef Heston Blumenthal confirmed that he is opening a restaurant at The Royal Atlantis in 2019. The British mind 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 – Dinner By Heston Blumenthal. The restaurant will include its own dedicated bar, two outside terraces, as well as a private dining room. If the London branch of Dinner is anything to go by, we can expect contemporary dishes inspired by gastronomic recipes dating back as far as the 1300s. That’s proper old-school.
Opening 2019. The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, Palm Jumeirah. www.theroyalatlantisresidences.com.

Indya By Vineet
Indya By Vineet is set to launch at Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa and promises to “give a whole new meaning to Indian street food”.

The restaurant will seat up to 90 diners, and there will be an outdoor terrace, too, as well as a mixed drinks bar, and will be where Italian restaurant Ossigeno used to be. Chef Vineet Bhatia, who was born in Mumbai, was the first Indian chef to receive Michelin star.

Here in Dubai he already has a restaurant – Indego by Vineet at Grosvenor House Dubai in Dubai Marina and we can’t wait to check out his newest opening.
Opening January 2019. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina

Jaleo
Also launching at The Royal Atlantis is Jaleo. Jaleo, from Michelin-starred chef José Andrés, will boast a menu starring ingredients sourced both locally and from Spain and will feature signature tapas, traditional Spanish small plates, paellas and cheeses.
Opening 2019. The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, Palm Jumeirah, www.Jaleo.com.

Marea
Two Michelin-starred Marea is set to open up in DIFC, and if it’s anything like the original restaurant in New York, we will be in for interiors just as striking as the food. Atelier House hospitality group, which is behind the opening, has hinted heavily that the menu will feature seafood dishes – which is music to our ears. The menu will be curated by Chef Michael White, who is behind the food at the restaurant in NYC, and our hopes are certainly high.
Opening 2019. DIFC, www.marea-nyc.com.

Masterchef the TV Experience
MasterChef the TV Experience will see amateur (yet extremely talented) chefs from many of the 52 territories where the TV show is produced donning their aprons. The restaurant will be situated in the forthcoming Wyndham West Bay Dubai Marina Hotel.

Based on the highly popular TV series, the restaurant will introduce a world-first dining experience that will fully immerse guests in the MasterChef TV show experience.
Opening 2019, Wyndham West Bay Dubai Marina Hotel.

Tasca
The first restaurant from Portuguese chef José Avillez, outside of Portugal, will be opening in the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira in 2019. The chef’s Lisbon eatery Belcanto currently holds two Michelin stars, so we’re expecting great things.
Opening 2019. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Jumeirah, www.mandarinoriental.com/dubai.

Torno Subito
Opening at W Dubai – The Palm, this Italian restaurant is from chef Massimo Bottura, the man behind the world’s number one restaurant of 2018 – Osteria Francescana. Torno Subito will be a first restaurant outside of Italy for the chef, and it promises to “take guests on a journey back to 1960s Italy, where the vibe is sophisticated and social, but laid-back”. The restaurant will be open for both lunch and dinner, and there will be dining areas indoors, as well as al fresco on the terrace or beach 2019. You can even order a pedalo picnic to enjoy in the lagoon. Plus, we’re promised a “quirky roaming gelato cart”, too.
Opening 2019. www.wdubaithepalm.com.

Various outlets at The Pointe
Having opened in some style with a live performance from Enrique Iglesias earlier this month, the Palm Jumeirah’s latest destination is now open for business. When completely finished, The Pointe will be home to some 70 different food and drink outlets https://www.timeoutdubai.com/restaurants, from fast food chains McDonald’s and Starbucks to casual dining destinations and some swankier lounge bar and restaurants. There’s plenty to check out, considering its killer views out from the waterfront towards Atlantis The Palm.
For more information, visit www.thepointe.ae.

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