COYA was crowned Dubai's best restaurant at the 11th annual Time Out Restaurant Awards, the first time they have won - and indeed been eligible for - the most coveted gong in the industry.
The Peruvian venue at Four Seasons Resort Dubai has been open a little over a year, but scooped the top gong on a night of that once again cemented Time Out as the definitive voice on the emirate's best dining.
A captive audience of more than 600 packed into the JW Marriott Marquis to witness the presentation of 72 awards in 24 categories, ranging from Best Brunch to Best Budget, and every cuisine in-between.
Other big winners on the night included Zuma, a veteran of the awards. DIFC's iconic Japanese spot scooped three awards - Best Business Lunch, Best Japanese and Best Brunch - while Burj Khalifa's Atmosphere, the world's highest restaurant, walked away with Best Romantic and Best Afternoon Tea.
But all the talk was of the champion for wrestling the Restaurant Of The Year crown away from La Petite Maison, who themselves picked up the award for Best French.
Hailing from London originally, COYA (winners also of Best Americas) is described as 'a cool, modern venue with a great, welcoming vibe, despite its fine-dining status. It's busy, buzzing and downright brilliant'.
Elsewhere, there were first-time wins for BOCA (Best European) and Nusr-Et (Best MENA), while the Newcomer category was split for the first time - Play Restaurant And Lounge, recently opened to race reviews at The H Dubai was awarded for 'fine dining', and The Hide at Al Qasr was for 'casual'. Solo Bistronomia & Vino Bar built on their success as the 2015 Best Newcomer, to take home Best Italian.
Hakkasan (Best Chinese), Mekong (Best Asian), JW’s Steakhouse (Best Steakhouse), Ossiano (Best Seafood), Reform Social & Grill (Best Pub Food), Tom & Serg (Best Café), Bu Qtair (Best Budget), Bystro (Best Breakfast), Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar (Best Bar Food), Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar (Best Indian) and Pai Thai (Best Thai) completed the night.