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5 Best Celebrity Chefs Restaurants in the UAE

Photo: Courtesy Akira Back

Photo: Courtesy Akira Back

The UAE is a hub for international and local talent, especially when it comes to the world of cuisine. Tourists and residents alike have a plethora of options when it comes to dining out. And when it comes to the trying the very best, well, that’s not a problem either with celebrity chefs and Michelin-star earners flocking to our shores, all eager to showcase their skills.

With so many top choices to pick from, here are the five best celebrity chef restaurants in the UAE…

Akira Back, W The Palm 

Akira Back

Photo: Courtesy Akira Back

The eponymous restaurant to acclaimed South-Korean-born chef Back, it is one of the most-talked about venues in Dubai. Back stylishly fuses Japanese and Korean cuisine in his menu, which is based on a sharing concept, and includes many signature dishes such as the famous tuna pizza, wagyu tacos and the melt in the mouth kiwami ribeye (with a score of 9+). The former professional snowboarder brings his vibrant energy to Akira Back Dubai, whose sleek, dark interiors are complimented with paintings by his mother. Come for the incredible food and the chilled ambience. Leave with a gregarious and satisfied smile on your face.

Blue Blanc by David Myers, Renaissance Downtown Hotel 

Photo: Courtesy of Blue Blanc

Bleu Blanc is a Southern French farmhouse-inspired restaurant conceived by celebrity chef and global restaurateur David Myers. Its open-plan kitchen showcases the skill and passion of the chefs while the wood-fired grill takes center stage. Bleu Blanc also hosts a Sommelier’s Island and spacious bar where guests can enjoy expertly crafted cocktails.

Gaia, DIFC

Photo: Courtesy of GAIA

Established in 2018, Gaia is a refined taverna, named after the Greek goddess of the earth, the mother of the sun, the mountains, and the sea. Inspired by Mediterranean culture, Gaia blends history and design to create a relaxed and inviting ambience. Combining warm hospitality and exquisite cuisine with intricate details and alluring aspects, Gaia creates a journey of discovery on each and every visit, enticing the explorer within. The homegrown food, beverage, and lifestyle concept was born of a collaboration between renowned chef Izu Ani and Bulldozer Group.

Morimoto, Renaissance Downtown Hotel

Photo: Courtesy of Morimoto

Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first restaurant in Dubai brings a talented team of chefs trained by chef Morimoto himself. The seasonal menu, which changes according to what ingredients are freshly available, is of the highest standard, but what do you expect from a chef whose restaurants have been awarded Michelin stars?  The seafood is bought from markets around the world, including deliveries directly from Tokyo’s famed Tsukiji and Fukuoka fish markets.

Torno Subito, W The Palm 

Torno Subito

Photo: Courtesy of Torno Subito

Italian celebrity chef Massimo Bottura shows us his favorite way to hit escape by taking guests on a journey back to the 1960s Italian Riviera, where everything is sophisticated and social, but laid-back. Being a brand ambassador of Gucci, Bottura’s Dubai venue, Torno Subito, serves up a dish by chef Bernardo Paladini that was inspired by last year’s Gucci Ghost collection: a delectable seafood salad with specially designed calamari.

Readers are in luck as Vogue Arabia has partnered with Mastercard for Vogue Fashion Dines Out (VFDO), a four-day fine-dining experience from October 23 to 26, where you can enjoy discounts as well as unique, and priceless, experiences at all of the above restaurants.

Join us for a priceless experience and enjoy special offers on the VFDO menus when you pay with your Mastercard at participating restaurants.

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