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Food & Drink

Feast on the best chef's tasting menus in Dubai

Mon, October 31, 2022

Progressive, multi-course meals showcasing the kitchen's signature dishes; are you a true foodie who always signs up for the chef's choice offering?

Progressive, multi-course meals showcasing the kitchen's signature dishes; are you a true foodie who always signs up for the chef's choice offering?

1

Ossiano

Ossiano Atlantis

Enjoy a uniquely Dubai fine dining experience at the iconic, Michelin-starred Ossiano at Atlantis, The Palm. A rite of passage for the culinary crowd, chef Gregoire Berger helms a kitchen that serves up an immersive, multi-course degustation offering in a grand gold and blue-hued setting, with floor-to-ceiling aquatic views. Specialising in seafood, the plates are as astounding as the surroundings. Perched under glistening chandeliers, watch more than 65,000 marine creatures swimming past your table. It is perfect for a romantic experience mixing fine European cuisine and an adventure into the sea.

2

Brix

Foodies Experiences

Chocolatier and head pastry chef Carmen Rueda Hernandez has worked in innovative, experimental kitchens and brings that experience to Brix, the only fine dining dessert bar in the region. Backed by the team behind 3 Fils, the intimate venue situated in Jumeirah Fishing Village serves up a multi-course tasting menu with the spotlight on sweet treats complete with non-alcoholic drinks pairings. Cleverly balancing savoury with sweet, with each course being explained in detail, this is a stop that serious foodies should not miss. Her latest showcase is titled The Seasons, and is sure to spark nostalgia and evoke memories.

3

Orfali Bros Bistro

Foodie Experiences Orfali Bros Bistro Wasl 51

There's a reason why Orfali Bros Bistro has landed on lists like MENA's 50 Best, and that's because this family-owned passion project, helmed by chef Mohammad and his specialist pastry chef brothers Wassim and Omar, ticks all the boxes when it comes to great food. Middle Eastern influences permeate the internationally-inspired dishes, with cleverly configured small plates like the Corn Bomb leading up to spectacular not-to-be-missed desserts. It's not advertised, but 'ask the chef' and you shall receive the eatery's tasting menu, peppered with expert commentary from the servers.

4

Trésind Studio

Food trends and where to eat them

Chef Himanshu Saini's Trésind Studio is regarded as one of the best restaurants not just in Dubai but in the world – a reputation that has been reiterated by its Michelin star. His curated tasting menus, featuring carefully-choreographed dishes and molecular gastronomy, take diners on a modern Indian-accented culinary journey that can't be forgotten. Saini's personal anecdotes are often weaved into the storytelling that accompanies every dish, with fine dining techniques and Instagram-friendly plating adding to the excitement of every reveal.

5

Pai Thai

Pai Thai Dubai

The enchantment starts from the moment you step onto an abra at Jumeirah Al Qasr hotel to reach sensational Asian eatery Pai Thai. Savour the Five Tastes of Thailand at this opulent restaurant that celebrates the heritage of the country, showcasing bitter, salty, spicy, sour and sweet flavours. The AED295 per person sharing-style tasting menu, available all week long is easily adaptable for vegans too. What can you expect? Trademark plates like a green papaya salad, purple flower chicken dumplings, tiger prawns in a red curry plus mango on purple stick rice.

6

Taiko

 Taiko - New Omakase Menu Dubai

Chef Schilo Van Coevorden's omakase dinner menu, served with prime views of the kitchen on the robatayaki grill station, showcases his specific take on Asian recipes. From snow crab and corn cappuccino to lobster toast with black curry, you'll have a multi-sensorial feast for just AED388 per person. There are continuous nods to the Amsterdam-native's host city, with his Dubai City of Gold caviar pani puri bite a decadent highlight. The restaurant, located at Sofitel The Obelisk, also draws with its atmospheric setting, dim lighting, dramatic bamboo-lined booths and pretty cherry blossom trees.

7

Il Ristorante Niko Romito

Il Ristorante - Niko Romito

It's garnered two Michelin stars so you know you are going to get the highest calibre when it comes to service, food and atmosphere at this Bvlgari Resort flagship restaurant. This is one spot where you need to trust the team – let them showcase the best the kitchen has to offer. The AED750 per person Italian degustazione menu is a six-course affair, with everything from homemade mussel tagliolini pasta to veal tenderloin with milk sauce and a gold chocolate sweet treat at the end. True aficionados watch out for limited-time truffle affairs during the winter season too.

8

Moonrise

Moonrise's new menu

Set at the summit of luxurious apartment complex Eden House, eight-seater Moonrise appeals to the serious foodie who is happy to sit along a counter, interacting with the team as they theatrically finish plating. Serving a set multi-course degustation menu, with no exceptions or tweaks to the order of service, French-Syrian chef Soleman – heads up a young, dynamic team whose passion shows on the plate. Expect Japanese techniques, unexpected combinations, and moreish mocktails that complement in the set price of AED650 per person, which is paid in advance on booking.

9

Reif Japanese Kushiyaki

Reif Japanese Dubai

This home-grown dining spot in Jumeirah's Dar Wasl Mall has won a slew of awards for chef Reif Othman's take on Asian street food, but true fans pre-book the chef's table, known as The Experience. Get a ring-side seat of the kitchen as you're served a curated eight- (AED488 per person) or twelve-course (AED688 per person) omakase 'chef's choice' tasting menu – only available for a 6pm or 9pm seating, Wednesday to Saturday. Embark on this surprise-filled culinary journey which revolves around a special ingredient or theme that will only be revealed on the night.

10

Pierchic

Lunch at Pierchic Restaurant Dubai
Seafood shines at chef Beatrice Segoni's picturesque Pierchic, a space both residents and visitors gravitate towards when celebrating special occasions. Saunter down the wooden walkway that takes you out to sea, and you'll soon be ensconced in a beautifully appointed restaurant, surrounded by the Arabian Sea. Put your trust in Segoni's hands as her curated menu is served daily at night and on Friday and Saturday over lunchtime too, priced at AED490 per person. The Italian chef plays to her strengths; from homemade pasta to meticulously balanced fish crudos – just make sure you save space for dessert.
11

Armani/Ristorante

il ristorante niko romito

Sweeping views of the Dubai Fountains offer a backdrop worthy of the dishes at Michelin-starred Armani/Ristorante, located in the iconic Burj Khalifa. Pace yourself during the six-course tasting menu, served from 6:30-11:30pm, that evolves according to seasons. For example, autumn sees a celebration of fungi, with porcini, trumpet, morels and more in the spotlight. An indication of the imaginative cooking at this modern Italian stalwart? An intriguing chocolate and mushroom-infused crème brûlée to finish. Try and book over the weekend when live music further enhances the evening.

12

Tàn Chá

Tan Cha

Book Table 8 – that's the private chef's table – and leave yourself in the culinary clutches of modern Chinese master chef David Pang. Watch as he conjures up 18 of his signature dishes over an 11-course menu. Priced at AED888 per person for between 8-12 guests, seasonal ingredients like Japanese A5 wagyu, Hokkaido scallops, lobster and French foie gras, will elevate this experience that highlights the different Chinese provinces, and their varied preparations and cooking skills. Regulars at this lively Chinois spot will also be thrilled to hear that Beijing's Peking duck features during proceedings too.

13

French Riviera

Enjoy an expérience gastronomique at Jumeirah Al Qasr's picturesque French Riviera, with oceanfront views that echo the Côte d'Azur. For AED550 per person, you'll be treated to seven courses by chef Kim Joinié-Maurin, who'll spoil you with an amuse bouche truffle pizza before dazzling with dishes like a blue crab trilogy, signature caramelised onion with Parmesan ice cream, and his take on the traditional La Bouillabaisse. You won't have to fight over dessert as a selection will cap off your evening. Plus, there's a vegetarian option at AED460 too.

14

Soul Street

You might associate chef's menus with fine dining scenarios, but chef Orlando gives you comforting classics at his casual, street food-centric eatery. You'll get seven generous sharing style plates, with fusion flavours from the Levant, Far East, Mexico, India and Europe perking up your tastebuds at lunch and dinner. From tandoori empanadas to Caribbean crispy tacos, the Instagram-friendly space will provide a vibrant backdrop to the food, priced at just AED199 for two.

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