Dubai is an urban paradise, attracting pleasure-seekers from across the globe throughout the entire year. As such, the opulent city plays host to a staggering variety of restaurants, cafés and eateries, all vying energetically for custom in one of the most competitive hospitality scenes in the world. In such an environment, getting your name known is the key. As a result of this, some of the most popular culinary destinations in the city are ones that are connected with big names in the restaurant industry. Luxury holiday providers Destination2.co.uk have put together this list of some of the celebrity chefs who have played a part in shaping Dubai’s food and drink scene, and learn a little about their signature establishments.
1. Rhodes W1 – Gary Rhodes
TV chef Gary Rhodes of Saturday Cooks and Local Food Hero fame launched the Rhodes W1 restaurant, complete with luxurious terrace and bar, at the Grosvenor House complex in Dubai’s glorious marina in September 2008. Serving a sumptuous selection of traditional European-style dishes prepared to perfection, the high class eatery won TimeOut awards last year for its classy afternoon tea and expert grasp of European cuisine. If you’re looking to book into this lauded establishment, then the acclaimed afternoon tea is definitely the place to start!
2. Bread Street Kitchen and Bar – Gordon Ramsay
Famed as much for his passionate, foul-mouthed rants on television shows such as Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen as for his excellent culinary skills, Ramsay at first opened and international restaurant, Verre, in 2001 at a Dubai branch of Hilton Hotels. However after a successful ten years of operation, the restaurant closed and Ramsay has now turned his sights to the exceptionally stylish Bread Street Kitchen and Bar, which celebrated its first anniversary in 2016. The restaurant boasts its own unique brand of tableware as well as a rich and delicious menu of “British European” specialties, inspired by the changing seasons. If you visit, don’t miss out on Ramsay’s exceptional beef wellington.
3. Jamie’s Italian – Jamie Oliver
Chef and health food campaigner Jamie Oliver heads Jamie’s Italian – a well known and prolific restaurant chain with branches all over the world. The franchise’s Dubai site is positioned within the glamorous Jumeirah Beach Hotel, just a short walk from the spectacular Palm Jumeirah archipelago. The menu is – as the name suggests – inspired by the flavours and dishes of Italy, and is wonderfully family-friendly. The “Cured and Crispy Fish Plank”, served with “music bread” comes particularly recommended here.
4. Frankie’s Italian Bar and Grill
Yet another European-inspired menu, but this time with a particularly unique partnership behind it. Often dubbed “the first celebrity chef”, Marco Pierre White is the culinary mastermind behind this delightful piano-lounge style restaurant, located close to the popular JBR beach, while the second figure credited with its conception is its namesake, Italian jockey Frankie Dettori. Achieving the accolade of Best Newcomer at the What’s On awards in 2008, and dubbed Best Italian Restaurant by TimeOut the year after, Frankie’s delicious “white truffle” menu is utterly superb.