Here are the restaurants in the capital that have received the accolade.
We already know that Abu Dhabi is a city packed with world-class restaurants, but it has now been given the MICHELIN seal of approval. Today, the much-awaited MICHELIN Guide Abu Dhabi launched and three restaurants have been awarded a MICHELIN Star. There were no two or three star restaurants in the capital.
The MICHELIN Star Revelation Ceremony took place on 10 November. Chefs and restaurateurs gathered at Emirates Palace as the first-ever list in Abu Dhabi was unveiled, and here are the restaurants that were awarded Michelin Stars.
The restaurants awarded one MICHELIN Star were 99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant, Hakkasan Abu Dhabi and Talea by Antonio Guida.
The Bib Gourmand category is a distinction awarded to establishments that provide an excellent value-for-money three-course meal. The MICHELIN Guide Abu Dhabi Bib Gourmand selection featured Almayass, Beirut Sur Mer, Otoro and Tazal.
The Sommelier Award was given to Marlon Nuque of Zuma Abu Dhabi; the Welcome and Service Award was given to the team at Li Beirut in Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers; and the Young Chef Award was given to Luigi Stinga from Talea by Antonio Guida.
The MICHELIN guide selection includes Al Mrzab, Butcher & Still, Byblos Sur Mer, Cafe James, Café Milano, Catch at St. Regis, Cipriani, COYA Abu Dhabi, Dai Pai Dong, Finz, Fishmarket, Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi, Grand Beirut, Hoi An, Li Beirut, Li Jiang, LPM Restaurant & Bar, Market Kitchen, Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi, MAZI, Meylas, Mijana, Moksh, Namak, NIRI, Oak Room, Oii, Paradiso, Punjab Grill, Shang Palace, Silk & Spice, Tean, VaKaVa, Villa Toscana, Zuma.
The MICHELIN Guide has been published since 1933 and is seen as the Oscars of the food industry. The guide already covers 36 destinations across North America, South America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.
Currently, only 137 restaurants in the world have three MICHELIN Stars, and the countries with the most MICHELIN-starred restaurants are France and Japan.
What the MICHELIN Guide means for Abu Dhabi
The MICHELIN Guide will place Abu Dhabi’s dining scene firmly on the culinary map. Speaking to FACT, Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, explains: “The MICHELIN Guide inspectors have been working in Abu Dhabi for some time now, discovering and enjoying the rich and varied cuisines that the city has to offer, from creative and cosmopolite dishes to more traditional cuisines of the region, like Middle Eastern, Lebanese, and of course Emirati.”
How restaurants receive a MICHELIN Star
MICHELIN inspectors have been eating their way through Abu Dhabi’s restaurants – albeit anonymously. For restaurants to be awarded a star, they must meet specific criteria: the quality of the ingredients, mastery of cooking, harmony of flavours, personality of the chef through the cuisine, and consistency over time as well as across the entire menu.
If the process is perplexing, we’re here to break it down: one MICHELIN star is awarded to restaurants for high-quality cooking that is worth a stop; two MICHELIN Stars for excellent cooking that is worth a detour; and three MICHELIN Stars for exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.
Stars aren’t for life – gaining or losing one can have an effect on the reputation of the restaurant, making the foodie news and bruising a chef’s ego. So, we look forward to seeing how the MICHELIN Guide affects Abu Dhabi’s dining scene and who else will be added to the illustrious list in the future.
GO: Visit www.michelin.com for more information.