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There are many fine dining experiences available in Dubai for tourists, business travellers and locals. For those seeking the finest food and drink tours, a visit to a Dubai restaurant with a Michelin star chef behind the menu is a great way to explore the culinary scene in the region.

Michelin stars are an important guide to quality for those seeking the very best dining experiences. Let’s find out a bit more about why the Michelin Guide is so important, and what Michelin star restaurant experiences are available in Dubai.

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About the Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide publishes highly selective criteria for the ranking of restaurants and dining experiences in certain countries and cities throughout the world, with a chosen restaurant receiving a ranking of one, two or three stars.

A one-star ranking is considered ‘very good’ for its category, two-stars is ‘excellent’, and three-stars is ‘exceptional’. Any time a restaurant is awarded a Michelin star, it is automatically included in the Michelin Guide, resulting in extra attention and trade for the establishment. For this reason, a Michelin star is a highly sought-after recognition in the restaurant industry.

The first Michelin Guide was published in France, with subsequent editions covering Great Britain & Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, key cities throughout the USA, and many other countries and cities throughout the world. Although there is not yet a Michelin Guide that covers the region, Dubai plays host to several Michelin-starred chefs, so-called because they have created menus in restaurants awarded one or more Michelin stars outside of Dubai.

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Where can I find a Michelin star chef restaurant experience in Dubai?

There are many great restaurants with Michelin-starred chef menus in Dubai; here is a guide to some of them.

Gordon Ramsay/Bread Street Kitchen & Bar

The restaurant group founded by British chef Gordon Ramsay has, to date, collected a total of 16 Michelin stars since its launch in 1997. The Bread Street Kitchen & Bar is a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, located in the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah, which opened in 2015.

With a warehouse-style design based on the original London St Paul’s restaurant, the menu focuses on a range of contemporary British dishes with additional influences from around the globe.

Complimented by live music and a ‘London-feel’, with signature cocktails and a comprehensive wine list, a visit to Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar is a good way to experience the Michelin-starred chef’s exported brand of London dining culture in Dubai.

Gary Rhodes/Rhodes W1

Rhodes W1 was founded by the late British chef Gary Rhodes, who established a chain of Michelin-starred restaurants across London. Based in Grosvenor House, by the Dubai Marina, Rhodes W1 has a European-centric menu with particular attention on British and French dishes.

The light-hearted atmosphere inside the restaurant creates a casually sophisticated dining experience, with an interior that includes art deco elements, terrace seating and beautiful panoramic views. The Rhodes W1 menu caters for those seeking classic British fare, or a taste of something different, and continues the Michelin-starred tradition started by Gary Rhodes.

Nobu Matsuhisa/Nobu

Japanese chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, founded a chain of restaurants and hotels around the world, from London to Malibu. With several Michelin stars to his name, Matsuhisa opened a new Nobu Asian fine dining experience at Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah.

With traditional Japanese ingredients to support the contemporary Asian-Peruvian fusion menu, there is also an option of a table at the sushi bar, for those seeking a change from the dining hall experience. With Japanese favourites, including freshly prepared seafood and sushi dishes, accompanied by a popular dessert menu, Nobu Dubai remains a popular choice for fine dining in the region.

For those who appreciate faster ordering, Nobu has also introduced ‘one touch’ and contactless menu options with QR scan codes for those dining at the restaurant.

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Kim Joinié-Maurin/Al Mahara

The Al Mahara restaurant located in the Hotel Burj Al Arab Jumeirah features a menu from Kim Joinié-Maurin, the French/Korean head chef who has earned three Michelin stars throughout his career.

The menu at Al Mahara has been known to offer a choice of five or seven courses, which represent the keen culinary attention to detail Joinié-Maurin has built his reputation on. Those interested in sampling the wine menu can also enjoy the wine pairing option, with a wine list selected to complement each course for those seeking an inclusive fine dining food and drink experience.

The Hotel Burj Al Arab Jumeirah features scenic views of the surrounding beachfront and ocean, and the Al Mahara restaurant launched with a name that means ‘oyster shell’. The fine dining seafood restaurant has been designed to recreate an ‘underwater world’ with a marine theme and floor-to-ceiling aquarium.

Giorgio Locatelli/Ronda Locatelli

Giorgio Locatelli is an Italian chef who has worked in restaurants in Italy, Switzerland, Paris and London. Locatelli has run two Michelin-starred restaurants, including the London-based Locanda Locatelli, before launching Ronda Locatelli based in the Atlantis, Dubai.

The Italian casual dining restaurant is known for offering the largest vegan menu in Dubai, with 40 exquisitely created vegan dishes from fresh pasta to desserts and gluten-free options. With a scenic outside dining area and a children’s playground, those looking for a family-friendly Michelin-star dining experience in Dubai might like to try Ronda Locatelli.

Vineet Bhatia/Indego By Vineet

Indego by Vineet is based in Grosvenor House by the Dubai Marina. Run by Vineet Bhatia, the first Indian chef-patron to receive a Michelin star, the restaurant offers an Indian cuisine fine dining experience.

Vineet Bhatia has several restaurants around the world, and once ran a temporary ‘pop-up restaurant’ at the Mount Everest base camp when Bhatia completed a trek to the location. After receiving two Michelin stars during his culinary career to date, Bhatia has established Indego By Vineet to bring a taste of India to the Dubai region.

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