A one-stop restaurant guide for fine dining lovers in Dubai
Words by Ankita Bhowmick in The Lifestyle · Jun 13th, 2019
The glam city of Dubai is known for being one of the top destinations in the world when it comes to luxury dining experiences. Dubai's culinary scene is a glittering tapestry of diverse flavors, and at the heart of this gastronomic haven are the restaurants of celebrity chefs. These culinary maestros have left an indelible mark on the city's dining landscape, offering a delectable fusion of international cuisines and innovative concepts.
From Michelin-starred fine dining to casual, yet extraordinary, eateries, Dubai's celebrity chef restaurants promise a culinary journey like no other. In this article, we'll embark on a gastronomic adventure through the city's top 10 celebrity chef establishments, where every dish tells a story and every bite is a symphony of taste and artistry.
1. Torno Subito By Massimo Bottura
Torno Subito is headed by none other than Chef Massimo Bottura, the creator of three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana (voted number 1 in the World in 2016 & 2018). His first restaurant outside Italy is Torno Subito, located on the Palm Jumeirah as part of the W hotel, which services W Residences. The food and ambience on feature take the guests back to the 1960s Italian Riviera, which is sophisticated and social, yet laid back. Led by Chef Bernardo Paladini, the restaurant is truly any foodie's delight.
Where: W Dubai, Palm Jumeirah
Call: 04-254 5555
2. Akira Back
Helmed by Korean-American Chef Akira Back, the restaurant is located on W, The Palm and serves up a diverse menu that features sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese dishes, as well as Korean-inspired dishes such as the famous "AB Tuna Pizza." The menu also includes vegetarian and gluten-free options, making it accessible to a wide range of diners. Akira Back Dubai boasts a sleek and sophisticated interior design, with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views of the Dubai skyline. The restaurant also features a rooftop lounge that serves signature cocktails and offers panoramic views of the city.
Where: W The Palm
Call: 04 245 5800
3. Nobu Dubai By Nobu Matsuhisa
It was none other than the famous American actor Robert De Niro, who had requested chef Nobu Matsuhisa to open a restaurant for the first time in New York. Their second branch in Dubai is now at the new Atlantis The Royal, whereas the original Nobu in the Atlantis hotel has been relocated to the famous bridge suite. The signature dish of Nobu that is highly recommended to all guests is the miso-marinated black cod.
Where: Atlantis The Palm / Atlantis The Royal
Call: 04-426 2626 / 04 426 1600
4. Demon Duck By Alvin Leung
Headed by Alvin Leung, Demon Duck's menu features a fusion of traditional Chinese flavors with contemporary twists, with dishes such as crispy pork belly, fried rice with truffle and egg, and "Mongolian-style" wagyu beef. The restaurant also offers a range of creative cocktails and an extensive wine list. Demon, Duck by Alvin Leung has a chic and sophisticated interior design, with an open kitchen that allows diners to watch the chefs at work.
Where: Caesar's Palace, Bluewaters Island
Call: 04 556 6466
5. Hell's Kitchen Dubai By Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay's second Hell's Kitchen is located in Bluewaters Island is known for living up to the world-class quality of its original branch in Las Vegas. The restaurant draws inspiration from the celebrity chef's reality TV show, where the Red and Blue kitchens feature Ramsay's signature dishes that include the Beef Wellington, Eggs in Purgatory and the sweet, heavenly Sticky Toffee Pudding. The restaurant also hosts a range of fiery live stations that offer a variety of mouth-watering delicacies.
Where: Caesar's Palace, Bluewaters Island
Call: 04-556 6666
6. Nusr Et Steakhouse By Nusret Gökçe
Located in the heart of Jumeirah, Nusr-Et by Nusret Gökçe features signature dishes of the restaurant's original branch in Turkey along with a choice of delicious seafood and grilled options. Famously known as Salt Bae, the chef gained immense popularity when a video of him cutting meat and sprinkling salt became a sensation over the internet. Nusr-Et is also popular among Hollywood as well as Bollywood celebrities who can frequently be spotted dining in the restaurant. The list of celebrities includes big names like that of Leonardo Di Caprio.
Where: Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah
Call: 04-407 4100
7. Indego By Vineet
Featuring minimalist opulence, Indego by Vineet is located in Dubai Marina. It is guided by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia, who is also the first Indian Chef -Patron to get the coveted Michelin star for his restaurant. The restaurant features a contemporary combination of traditional spices and ingredients with the presentation of fine dining. The dishes on offer include herb-crusted lamb chop, goat's cheese samosa, baby carrot thoran and carrot foam.
Where: Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
Call: 04-317 6000
8. BREAD STREET KITCHEN & BAR by Gordon Ramsay
The renowned British-themed eatery of Gordon Ramsay, Bread Street Kitchen & Bar is located in Atlantis The Palm on Palm Jumeirah. The restaurant is a reflection of its original branch in London and has an indoor capacity of 279 and 152 guests can dine in their outdoor terrace. It serves a selection of contemporary British dishes that draws influences from Europe and beyond. The signature dishes of the restaurant include Beef Wellington, Lobster Tagliolini and Tamarind Chicken Wings. The Bread Street Kitchen Ice Cream Counter serves homemade scoops including Bread and Butter Pudding softie.
Where: Atlantis The Palm
Call: 04-426 2626
9. Czn Burak
Located in Downtown Dubai, CZN Burak is named after its founder, Burak Özdemir, who is a well-known Turkish chef and social media influencer. The menu features a variety of authentic Turkish dishes, including kebabs, grilled meats, and meze platters. The restaurant is particularly famous for its oversized dishes, including a massive pide (Turkish pizza) that can feed up to ten people.
Where: Boulevard Point, Downtown Dubai
Call: 800 29628725
10. Brasserie Bouloud By Chef Daniel Bouloud
Brasserie Boulud is a contemporary French restaurant located in the Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The restaurant is named after its founder, the celebrated French chef Daniel Boulud. The menu features classic French dishes with a modern twist, including escargots, steak frites, and coq au vin. The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list and a range of creative cocktails.
Where: Sofitel Obelisk, Umm Hurair 2
Call: 04-281 4020
Editor's note: This article has last been updated as of May 2023.