Four restaurants in Abu Dhabi were awarded the coveted Michelin stars.
The culinary landscape in Abu Dhabi shines brighter than ever as the Michelin Guide 2024 unveils its second edition, celebrating exceptional dining experiences across the capital. In a special collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism, the ceremony took place at Louvre Abu Dhabi Park last Thursday. With 46 selected restaurants spanning over 21 different cuisines, the guide reflected the city’s exponential growth and passion for global gastronomy.
This year sees the addition of nine outstanding eateries to the Michelin Guide Abu Dhabi, each contributing a unique culinary flair to the diverse tapestry of the city. From Spanish to Malaysian, Argentinean to Emirati, the cuisines on offer promise a delightful gastronomic journey for residents and visitors alike. Notable additions include Erth, Ray’s Grill, Yadoo’s House, Maté, José by Pizarro, terra, Kopitiam by Chandy’s, Al Farah, and Les Dangereux.
The spotlight of this edition falls on Erth, a newly awarded Michelin Star restaurant, joining the illustrious ranks of Talea by Antonio Guida, Hakkasan, and 99 Sushi Bar from the previous year. Erth, meaning ‘legacy,’ presents a unique culinary experience inspired by the beauty and traditions of the region. Nestled in the shadow of the historic Qasr Al Hosn, Erth combines exquisite design with modern twists on refined Emirati dishes, offering a truly memorable dining experience.
Six establishments, including two newcomers, proudly boast the Bib Gourmand distinction, a testament to their good-quality, good-value cooking. Oii, a warm and welcoming Mediterranean brasserie, stands out for its skillfully prepared and attractively presented dishes. Al Mrzab, a traditional Emirati and Kuwaiti restaurant, consistently delights customers with its authentic cuisine, earning it a coveted spot in the Bib Gourmand category alongside Almayass, Beirut Sur Mer, Otoro, and ťazal from the inaugural guide.
The Guide also acknowledges exceptional individuals with special awards. Chandran Thanggaraja from Kopitiam by Chandy’s earned him the Service Award of the year. Kopitiam by Chandy’s stands out not only for its great cooking but also for its warm and welcoming atmosphere. Owned by James Soo, Les Dangereux earned its place as Opening of the Year for its recognizable striking aesthetics but also a delectable array of dishes and a unique culinary fusion of East meets West. Chef-Manager Rigers Cuka of Oii is honored with the Young Chef Award, acknowledging not just his culinary talent but also his exceptional managerial skills, demonstrating expertise well beyond his years.
The cherry on top was the launch of the first regional Michelin Guide Food Festival this past weekend. Under the theme “Discover the Art of Flavor,” the festival featured 16 renowned restaurants, both local and international, recognized by the Michelin Guide. A lineup of world distinguished chefs, including Lee Kok Hua, Luigi Stinga, Alvin Leung, Heidi Bjerkan, converged at Louvre Abu Dhabi Park to serve up some specially crafted menus with exclusive dishes, providing an immersive and delectable experience for food enthusiasts.
Gwendal Poullennec, the International Director of the Michelin Guides, expressed excitement about this year’s selection, stating, “Our inspectors continue to be impressed by the dynamism of Abu Dhabi and the sheer variety of cuisines on offer. Our newest recipient of a Michelin Star, Erth restaurant, sums up the city so well, as it offers a truly unique experience inspired by the beauty and traditions of the region.”
One Michelin Star
Erth - Newcomer
99 Sushi Bar
Talea by Antonio Guida
Oii - Newcomer
Al Mrzab - Newcomer
Beirut Sur Mer
Butcher & Still
Byblos Sur Mer
Catch by St. Regis
Dai Pai Dong
José by Pizarro
Kopitiam by Chandy's
Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi
Silk & Spice