Restaurants in Dubai Run by Michelin-Starred Chefs

Written by Muhammad Qadeer

The fine dining scene in Dubai is growing at an unprecedented rate. Restaurants and hotels can cater to a wide variety of taste palates. Whilst there are no Michelin Star restaurants in the city, there are plenty of eateries in Dubai owned by chefs with Michelin Star restaurant credentials elsewhere. So, in this blog, we will look at some of the top restaurants in Dubai that carry a Michelin Star reputation in terms of taste, presentation, ambience and overall value.

Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen

Gordon Ramsay is a culinary master surpassed by few. Recipient of 3 Michelin Star awards, the American food connoisseur launched Hell’s Kitchen in Caesars Palace and Resorts at Bluewaters Island, Dubai Marina. The restaurant, as the name suggests, takes inspiration from his reality TV show of the same name.

The restaurant has a lot of options to choose from, with the “Hellicious Brunch” a fan favorite. The brunch features a variety of premium beverages that include signature mock tails, vodkas, cocktails etc. In the mains, the Wellington beef is a must have. The dish, which has become synonymous with the chef is served with potato puree, glazed root vegetables, and mouthwatering red wine demi-glace sauce. For a meat-free option, the restaurant offers smoked cheese and spinach agnolotti with pumpkin puree, sautéed mushrooms, sage and shaved black truffle on the side.

In the desserts section, you have the timeless sticky toffee pudding that is served with toffee sauce and speculoos ice cream.

To spice things up, Hell’s Kitchen pits diners into a fun culinary competition, with the Red and Blue teams going toe to toe. Lastly, despite being a restaurant owned by one of the leading culinary figures in the world, it offers great value in terms of cost. The Hellicious Brunch costs 350 AED for the Blue Team and AED 450 for the Red Team.

Yannick Alenno’s Stay

Yannick Alenno is another chef that holds a 3 star rating from Michelin. His restaurant STAY, nestled in Palm Jumeirah is a thing of beauty. Not only does it offer an enchanting collection of French cuisine on the menu, but the stunning views of the palm heighten the experience.

Set over the lapping waves of the Arabian, it’s the perfect vantage point to catch the sun setting, and dine under stars. For those preferring to sit indoors, the restaurant’s sophisticated décor; (mirrored surfaces and monochromatic color themes) elevate the experience of fine dining. The restaurant’s Discover menu features contemporary flavors enhanced with Yannick’s culinary artistry to create dishes that delight and inspire.

Some of the popular choices at STAY include light and zesty flavors of the ocean. Hearty Paella, scrumptious seafood platters, and baked fish will leave you craving for more. In the dessert department, Crunchy Hazelnut Pastry; featuring praline and fresh grapefruit with milk chocolate and grapefruit ice-cream is the show stealer. A glass of French dessert wine to go with the pastry will round off a memorable dining experience.

STAY is perfect for those who cannot compromise on style and substance, and are willing to break the bank for that. A main course with a dessert will set you back 400 AED.

Nobu Matsuhisa’s Nobu

Not often does a restaurant carry the name of its founder, but Nobu, being the baby of master chef Nobu Matsuhisha, is one of the finest restaurants to put Japanese cuisine on the map. Since, the Michelin-approved chef opened the restaurant in Dubai, the restaurant instantly became a hit with celebrities and socialites; and is regularly featured on shows and movies.

Located in The Avenues at Palm Jumeirah, the Asian fine-dining restaurant has a distinctive dark ebony wood finishing complimented by rich, ruby-red accents. With its warm tones and décor, the restaurant evokes a sense of calmness and serenity. You can also request to dine outside next to the sushi bar, and feel the breeze of the Palm caress your soul.

The Japanese gastronomy expert has curated the menu to offer the best Japanese cuisine to people with varying culinary preferences. Some fan favorites include fresh seafood; such as salmon, snapper with sautéed vegetables and creamy sauce, Nobu’s exclusive sushi, wagyu beef and the iconic Nobu black cod – favored by celebrities.

Going over the dessert menu, you have contemporary options; such as strawberry cheesecake, mango brulee and a collection of assorted sorbets. What’s impressive about the restaurant is that it’s extremely pocket friendly – a main course with a dessert and beverage will cost 300 AED per person.

Vineet Bhatia’s Indego

Vineet Bhatia is one of the leading chefs from India, as well as one of the first to receive a Michelin ranking. His creation, Indego continues to attract the attention of food aficionados from all over Dubai, and for good reason. Located in Goversnor Hotel on Emaar Street, the restaurant offers an intriguing range of options – from South Asian cuisine and sea food to oriental and fusion, the options here are eclectic and delicious. What’s special about the restaurant is how auteur Vineet uses authentic sub continental ingredients to cook traditional dishes for a global audience.

In terms of interior décor, the restaurant favors a minimalist approach – with cream and gold tones surrounded by incense humidifiers and chic mini lamps to create an intimate setting. There is no room to sit outside, but why would you, when you have a comfortable sitting space that overlooks Dubai’s skyline.

The hot favorites among the menu include the Madras coffee-rub lamb chops on a bed of mushroom barley drizzled with tamarind sauce, and Mangalorean Gassi; which is a fusion dish comprising of coastal prawns, with the delicate flavors of coconut and a kick of red chilies. This dish in particular is fit for family-sharing in classic South Asian style.

Of all the restaurants in this blog, Indego is the most economical. A sharing meal for the family will cost as much as 300 AED with desserts on the side.