Time Out Dubai’s 2018 Restaurant Awards nominees revealed

Dubai’s ten best restaurants in every category, with winners to be revealed at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai on February 21, 2018

Time Out Dubai’s 2018 Restaurant Awards nominees revealed

Dubai’s best restaurants are about to be revealed by Time Out Dubai.

This year marks the 13th annual Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, within which there are 25 categories covering a vast range of different cuisines. Over the past 12 months, our team of reviewers has eaten at hundreds of restaurants anonymously and paid for their meals.

This process means you can trust we are giving you an honest, independent review, without any outside influences.

From cafés to pub food, fine dining to budget, we’ve sought out the very best Dubai has to offer.

Below are the shortlists in each category, with the top ten chosen by our culinary experts based on their experiences. There have been no nominations and there is no public vote.

This year we have added an Outdoor category, where we’ve addressed the best places to dine al fresco in the city. Restaurants within this category must have an extremely strong outdoor offering as one of their core attributes.

The two Newcomer categories are based on factors including price point, ambience, dress code, style of food (and the skill that goes into making it) and the sense of occasion at the restaurant. Venues that opened between September 1, 2017 and January 10, 2018, are eligible for these awards and are not entered into any other categories.

Next month, on Wednesday February 21, the winners in each category, as well as our overall Restaurant of the Year, will be revealed at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, which will be held in a glittering ceremony at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay.

For event table bookings and prices, please contact tablebookings@timeoutdubai.com. For event queries, contact Joanna.Farrer@itp.com.

REGIONAL CATEGORIES

ASIAN
1. 3 Fils, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour
2. Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina
3. Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai
4. China Grill, The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
5. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar
6. Mekong, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
7. Miss Wáng, Majestic Tower Hotel Bur Dubai
8. Novikov, Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai
9. PLAY Restaurant & Lounge, The H Dubai
10. Sea Fu, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

CHINESE
1. Chop Suey, Jumeirah Beach Road
2. Din Tai Fung, Mall of the Emirates
3. Hakkasan, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
4. Long Teng, Business Bay
5. Long Yin, Le Méridien Hotel & Conference Centre
6. Royal China, DIFC
7. Shang Palace, Shangri La Dubai
8. Xiao Wei Yang HotPot, Bur Dubai
9. Yuan, Atlantis The Palm
10. Zheng He’s, Jumeirah Al Qasr

EUROPEAN
1. 101 Dining & Lounge & Bar, One&One The Palm
2. At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa
3. BOCA, DIFC
4. Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis The Palm
5. Elia, Majestic Hotel Towers Bur Dubai
6. folly by Nick & Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
7. GBR, DUKES Dubai
8. Marina Social, InterContinental Dubai Marina
9. Mythos, JLT
10. Pots, Pans & Boards, The Beach

FRENCH
1. Bistrot Bagatelle, Fairmont Dubai
2. Brasserie Quartier, The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City
3. Chez Charles, d3
4. Demoiselle by Galvin, City Walk
5. Couqley, JLT
6. Jean-Georges Dubai, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
7. La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
8. La Petite Maison, DIFC
9. La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie, Vida Downtown
10. STAY by Yannick Alléno, One&Only The Palm

INDIAN
1. Armani/Amal, Armani Hotel
2. Bombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai
3. Carnival by Trèsind, Burj Daman, DIFC
4. Indego by Vineet, Grosvenor House Dubai
5. Jodhpur Royal Dining, Roda Al Murooj
6. Khyber, DUKES Dubai
7. Mint Leaf of London, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
8. Rang Mahal by Atul Kocchar, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
9. Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Melia Bur Dubai
10. Trèsind, Nassima Royal Hotel

ITALIAN
1. Alta Badia, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
2. Armani/Ristorante, Armani Hotel
3. Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Jumeirah Al Naseem
4. Cipriani, DIFC
5. MATTO, The Oberoi Dubai
6. Roberto’s, DIFC
7. Social By Heinz Beck, Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah
8. Quattro Passi, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
9. Vanitas, Palazzo Versace
10. Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers

JAPANESE
1. Armani/Hashi, Armani Hotel
2. Izakaya, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
3. Katsuya by Starck, Jumeirah Al Naseem
4. Kiku, Le Méridien Hotel & Conference Centre
5. Nobu, Atlantis The Palm
6. Okku, The H Dubai
7. Ramusake, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai - Jumeirah Beach
8. Sumosan, Billionaire Mansion, Taj Dubai
9. TOMO, Raffles Dubai
10. Zuma, DIFC

LATIN AMERICAN
1. Ají, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah
2. Asado, Palace Downtown
3. COYA, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
4. LIMA Dubai, City Walk
5. La Parilla, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
6. Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
7. Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
8. Muchachas, Holiday Inn Al Safa
9. Peyote, DIFC
10. Waka, The Oberoi Dubai

LEBANESE
1. Al Falamanki, Jumeirah Beach Road
2. Al Hallab, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
3. Al Nafoorah, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
4. Al Safadi, Sheikh Zayed Road
5. Ayam Elezz, The Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road
6. Em Sherif, Address Downtown
7. Eshak, City Walk
8. Ibn AlBahr, Club Vista Mare
9. Karam Beirut, Mall of the Emirates
10. Zahr El-Laymoun, Souk Al Bahar

MENA
1. Aseelah, Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek
2. Besh, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates
3. Boulevard Kitchen, Manzil Dowtown
4. Günaydin, Souk Al Bahar
5. Kaftan, Jumeirah Beach Road
6. Leila, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
7. RÜYA, Grosvenor House Dubai
8. Samad Al Iraqi, Jumeirah Beach Road
9. Seven Sands, The Beach
10. Shabestan, Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek

NORTH AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN
1. Black Tap, Jumeirah Al Naseem
2. Burger & Lobster, DIFC
3. Key West, Nikki Beach Dubai Resort & Spa
4. Miss Lily’s, Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai
5. Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat Jumeriah
6. Scape, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
7. The Hide, Jumeirah Al Qasr
8. The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai – Jumeirah Beach
9. Ting Irie, Souk Al Manzil
10. Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

THAI
1. Benjarong, Dusit Thani Dubai
2. Café Isan, JLT
3. Pai Thai, Jumeirah Al Qasr
4. Spice Emporium, The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
5. Sukothai, Le Méridien Hotel & Conference Centre
6. The Royal Budha, Holiday Inn Al Barsha
7. The Thai Kitchen, Park Hyatt
8. Thiptara, Palace Downtown
9. Tong Thai, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
10. Wise Kwai, dusitD2

THEMED CATEGORIES

AFTERNOON TEA
1. At.mosphere Lounge, Burj Khalifa
2. Al Bayt, Palace Downtown
3. Al Fayrooz, Jumeirah Al Qasr
4. Choix Patisserie and Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire, InterContinental Dubai Festival City
5. Sahn Eddar, Burj Al Arab
6. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes
7. Jolie Floral Boutique, City Walk
8. Shai Salon, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
9. The Lounge, Address Boulevard
10. The Victorian, City Walk

BAR FOOD
1. 7 Elephants, DIFC
2. Aprés, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates
3. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
4. Black Tap, Jumeirah Al Naseem
5. Brunswick Sports Bar, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates
6. Cook Hall, The Westin Al Habtoor City
7. Indie, DIFC
8. Le Petit Belge, Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers Hotel & Residences
9. Loca, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
10. Lock, Stock & Barrel, Grand Millennium

BREAKFAST
1. Arrows & Sparrows, The Greens
2. Baker & Spice, Souk Al Bahar
3. Bystro Restaurant & Pastry House, Sheikh Zayed Road
4. eggspectation, The Beach
5. Friends’ Avenue Café , JLT
6. Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road
7. Pots, Pans & Boards, The Beach
8. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes
9. Skye & Walker, Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek
10. The Surf Café, Jumeirah Beach Road

BRUNCH
1. Brasserie 2.0, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
2. Bread Street Kitchen, Atlantis The Palm
3. Carnival by Trèsind, Burj Daman, DIFC
4. COYA, Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach
5. LIMA Dubai, City Walk
6. Marina Social, InterContinental Dubai Marina
7. Nobu, Atlantis The Palm
8. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes
9. RÜYA, Grosvenor House Dubai
10. Zuma, DIFC

BUDGET
1. Aappa Kadai, Discovery Gardens
2. Al Mallah, Satwa
3. Ayubowan, JLT
4. Bu Qtair, Jumeirah
5. Café Isan, JLT
6. Calicut Paragon, Karama
7. Hanoi Naturally, JLT
8. Raju Omlet, Karama
9. Ravi Restaurant, Satwa
10. The Meating Room, Karama

CAFÉ
1. Arrows & Sparrows, The Greens
2. Baker & Spice, Souk Al Bahar
3. Bystro, Sheikh Zayed Road
4. Culinary Boutique, Jumeirah Beach Road
5. Jolie Floral Boutique, City Walk
6. Revo Café, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
7. Single Fin, Umm Suqeim
8. The Lighthouse, d3
9. The Surf Café, Jumeirah Beach Road
10. Tom&Serg, Al Quoz

OUTDOOR
1. 101 Dining Lounge & Bar, One&Only Palm Jumeirah
2. Asado, Palace Downtown
3. Boardwalk, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
4. Bussola, The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
5. Fish Beach, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
6. folly by Nick & Scott, Madinat Jumeirah
7. Ibn AlBahr, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah
8. Key West, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
9. Pai Thai, Jumeirah Al Qasr
10. Palm Grill, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

PUB FOOD
1. Belgian Beer Café, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City
2. Bridgewater Tavern, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
3. Copper Dog, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai − Jumeirah Beach
4. Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road
5. JB’s Gastropub, Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach Residence
6. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes
7. McGettigan’s, JLT
8. McGettigan’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
9. The Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai
10. The Irish Village, Garhoud

ROMANTIC
1. At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa
2. Fish Beach, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort
& Marina
3. folly by Nick & Scott, Souk Madinat Jumeirah
4. La Petite Maison, DIFC
5. Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm
6. Pai Thai, Jumeirah Al Qasr
7. Pierchic, Jumeirah Al Qasr
8. PLAY Restaurant & Lounge, The H Dubai
9. RÜYA, Grosvenor House Dubai
10. Thiptara, Palace Downtown

SEAFOOD
1. Alto Mar, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour
2. Café Belge, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC
3. Catch Dubai, Fairmont Dubai
4. Ibn AlBahr, Club Vista Mare
5. Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
6. Ossiano, Atlantis The Palm
7. Pierchic, Jumeirah Al Qasr
8. Sea Fu, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
9. The Atlantic Dubai, Souk Al Bahar
10. The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai - Jumeirah Beach

STEAKHOUSE
1. Asado, Palace Downtown
2. Gaucho, DIFC
3. J&G Steakhouse, The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City
4. JW’s Steakhouse, JW Marriott Deira
5. Nusr-Et, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
6. Prime 68, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
7. Prime Steakhouse, The Meydan Hotel
8. Rhodes Twenty10, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
9. Seafire, Atlantis The Palm
10. The Hide, Jumeirah Al Qasr

GRAND PRIX CATEGORIES

CASUAL NEWCOMER
1. Arjee Bharjee, Palm Jumeirah
2. Axe House, JLT
3. BASTA!, Renaissance Downtown Hotel
4. BB, DIFC
5. Black Tap, Rixos Premium Dubai
6. Izu Brasserie, City Walk
7. jones the grocer, Emirates Golf Club
8. Lock, Stock & Barrel The Walk – JBR, Rixos Premium Dubai
9. Moombai & Co. Restaurant and Bar, The H Dubai
10. Via Vita, JLT

FINE DINING NEWCOMER
1. Bleu Blanc by David Myers, Renaissance Downtown Hotel
2. Flamingo Room by tashas, Jumeirah Al Naseem
3. Galvin Dubai, City Walk
4. Kohantei, Dubai Opera
5. Little Miss India, Fairmont The Palm
6. Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
7. STK, Rixos Premium Dubai
8. The Artisan by Enoteca Pinichorri, DIFC
9. The Lounge, Souk Al Bahar
10. Toro + Ko, City Walk

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