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Iconic New York Celebrity Hot Spot to Launch in Dubai

The Host Stand at Indochine. Courtesy of Indochine

It has hosted many of the greats of the pop culture scene and now one of New York’s most legendary restaurants is coming to Dubai. Indochine has been going strong in Manhattan for more than three decades, opening its doors to such luminaries as Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, and Diane Von Furstenberg. It’s a place where the cool set could let their hair down and enjoy Vietnamese delicacies such as stuffed chicken wings, surrounded by the eatery’s instantly recognizable tropical-print wallpaper. And now it’s set to open in DIFC.

Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Jacqueline Schnabel, Kenny Scharf. Courtesy of Indochine

“Indochine is still as relevant today as when it opened its door in 1984,” says Khalil Dahmash, one half, with Varun Khemaney, of VKD Hospitality Group, which is bringing the restaurant to the UAE. The pair is also behind the popular Miss Lily’s Dubai Jamaican restaurant in the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Dubai. “It’s the next step in the evolution of dining in Dubai,” he continues. “Indochine draws in like-minded people to mingle. Its timeless decor and effortlessly cool character helped cement it as one of the best restaurants in New York.”

What can we expect from this new iteration? The true essence of Indochine, Dahmash promises. “In 35 years, Indochine has never franchised or licensed itself – until now. We are extremely excited to show Dubai what’s to come.”

For all the scoop behind the launch, see the September issue of Vogue Arabia

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