Michelin Guide Abu Dhabi 2023

Revealed: Michelin Guide Abu Dhabi 2023 Winners

Read on to see who took the top spot.

The verdict is out – the inaugural edition of the Michelin Guide Abu Dhabi shortlisted 42 restaurants for stars covering 16 types of cuisines, featuring the best the capital has to offer. Three restaurants received one Michelin star and four restaurants were awarded the Bib Gourmand, which is given to those who offer good food at moderate prices. In addition, three special awards were also given out. 

The Michelin Guide’s Abu Dhabi edition comes just months after the Dubai guide was released earlier this year, which saw 69 restaurants serving 21 cuisines. Two restaurants received two Michelin stars, nine restaurants received one Michelin star, and 14 eateries were named Bib Gourmand restaurants.

“The wonderful diversity of the cuisine proposed by these three restaurants [in the Abu Dhabi guide] perfectly illustrate the curiosity of local gourmets, as well as how Abu Dhabi welcomes international cultures to make them shine at their best level,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guide.

“This first Michelin Guide Abu Dhabi selection is the beginning of a long journey for a city with unlimited gastronomic potential,” he added. “Our inspectors discovered a rich variety of cuisines offered in Abu Dhabi, from creative dishes conceived by some of the world’s most renowned chefs, to traditional cuisines of the region: Middle Eastern, Lebanese and, of course, Emirati.”

“This is the first step,” said H.E. Saleh Mohammed Algeziry, Director General of the tourism sector at the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, who emphasised to restaurateurs that not achieving a star, or even not being shortlisted for the Michelin Guide, does not mean a restaurant doesn’t have the potential to do so in the future. One star each was awarded to Talea by Antonio Guida for its family-style Italian food, Hakkasan for traditional Cantonese fare, and 99 Sushi Bar for a contemporary take on Japanese cuisine. 

The four restaurants awarded the Bib Gourmand are Almayass, Beirut Sur Mer, Otoro, and Tazal. In a vibrant black-tie event held at Emirates Palace last night, the award ceremony was followed by a five-course dinner with a menu curated by international Michelin-starred chefs, Bjorn Frantzen of Frantzen in Sweden and Cheryl Koh of Les Amis in Singapore included. Read on for the full list of winners – many have been featured in Gaggler in the past.

All Michelin Guide winners on stage

The Complete Winners List

One Michelin Star:

  • 99 Sushi Bar
  • Hakkasan
  • Talea by Antonio Guida

Bib Gourmand:

  • Almayass
  • Beirut Sur Mer
  • Otoro
  • Tazal


  • Al Mrzab
  • Butcher & Still
  • Byblos Sur Mer
  • Cafe James
  • Café Milano
  • Catch by St. Regis
  • Cipriani
  • Coya
  • Dai Pai Dong
  • Finz
  • Fishmarket
  • Fouquet’s
  • Grand Beirut
  • Hoi An
  • Li Beirut
  • Li Jiang
  • LPM
  • Market Kitchen
  • Martabaan by Hemant Oberoi
  • Mazi
  • Meylas
  • Mijana
  • Moksh
  • Namak
  • NIRI
  • Oak Room
  • Oii
  • Paradiso
  • Punjab Grill
  • Shang Palace
  • Silk & Spice
  • Tean
  • VaKaVa Pan Latin Grill and Lounge by Richard Sandoval
  • Villa Toscana
  • Zuma

Service Award:

  • Rawad Hamdan and team, Li Beirut

Sommelier Award:

  • Marlon Nuque, Zuma

Young Chef Award:

  • Luigi Stinga, Talea by Antonio Guida
Photo: Tazal

What Is the Michelin Food Guide?

Published since the 1900s, the Michelin Guide is one of the oldest and most prestigious food guides in existence, focusing its criteria squarely on the quality of cooking and ingredients as well as the presentation rather than the ambiance or decor of an eatery. The guide rates restaurants anonymously using an in-house team of inspectors and food critics employed directly by Michelin.

Using the same criteria and methodology to evaluate candidates for each category, the guide rates restaurants from one to three stars, as well as curates the Bib Gourmand list of restaurants that offer quality cooking at reasonable prices. Currently, the Michelin guide covers over 30 destinations around the world.

How Is a Michelin Star Awarded?

Inspectors anonymously visit eateries for evaluation and rely on the following:

  1. quality of the ingredients
  2. mastery of cooking
  3. harmony of the flavours
  4. expression of the chef’s personality in the cuisine
  5. consistency, both over time and across the entire menu

What Are the Different Types of Michelin Distinctions?

One Michelin star denotes a restaurant with high-quality cooking that’s worth stopping by for. Two Michelin stars are for restaurants with excellent cooking that’s not only worth a detour, but also reflects the personality and talent of the chef and team.

Three Michelin stars indicate exceptional cuisine that’s worth planning a journey for. In this category, the award is given for the superlative cooking of chefs at the peak of their profession. The ingredients are exemplary, the cooking is elevated to an art form, and their dishes are often destined to become classics. This is the most difficult award to achieve and maintain.

Michelin Guide-selected restaurants are those that have the potential to gain a star or feature on the Bib Gourmand list in the future. Restaurants on the Bib Gourmand list are those where inspectors consider they found good-quality cooking for good value.


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Applelicious Delights: Top 3 Irresistible Desserts

Sweet Apple Bliss

When it comes to desserts, apples are a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be used in various ways. From classic apple pies to unique and creative treats, there’s no shortage of apple desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. These top 3 irresistible apple desserts are sure to become your new favourites.

Classic Apple Pie

This timeless dessert is a staple in many households around Dubai. The flaky crust, warm apple filling, and aromatic spices make this a winner.

Serving Size:
4 – 6
1 Hour

To make a classic apple pie, you’ll need:


  • 6-7 medium-sized apples (Granny Smith or Honeycrisp work well)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 9-inch pie crust (homemade or store-bought)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Peel, core, and slice the apples into thin wedges.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Add the sliced apples to the bowl and toss until they are evenly coated with the sugar mixture.
  5. Roll out the pie crust and place it in a 9-inch pie dish.
  6. Pour the apple mixture into the pie crust and dot the top with small pieces of butter.
  7. Roll out the second pie crust and place it on top of the apples. Crimp the edges to seal the pie.
  8. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.
  9. Brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg.
  10. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  11. Let the pie cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.


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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

We urge you to try these caramel apple cheesecake bars. The combination of creamy cheesecake, tart apples, and gooey caramel is a match made in dessert heaven. Perfect for a party, a celebration or just for a picnic, and they’re sure to pull on the heart strings of your loved ones.

Serving Size:
50 Min

To make caramel apple cheesecake bars, you’ll need:


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium-sized apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth.
  5. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat until well combined.
  6. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the graham cracker crust.
  7. Sprinkle the diced apples over the top of the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the apples.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centre is set.
  10. Let the bars cool before slicing and serving.

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

If you love to experiment I’m the kitchen, it’s time you tried these baked apple cider doughnuts. These doughnuts are moist, flavourful, and have a subtle apple cider taste that will leave you wanting more. Plus, they’re baked instead of fried, making them a healthier option for your kids, coworkers or friends!

Serving Size:
30 Min

To make baked apple cider doughnuts, you’ll need:


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the apple cider, melted butter, Greek yoghurt, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into a greased doughnut pan, filling each mould about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Let the doughnuts cool before removing them from the pan.
  8. Optional: Dip the top of the doughnuts in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for added flavour.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Classic Apple Pie a timeless favourite, and are there any variations to enhance its flavour profile?

Classic Apple Pie is beloved for its comforting blend of sweet and tart apples encased in a flaky crust. The timeless recipe provides insights into creative variations, ensuring your apple pie experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

How do Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars combine the richness of cheesecake with the sweet crunch of caramelized apples, and can they be customized for dietary preferences?

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars offer a decadent fusion of creamy cheesecake and luscious caramelized apples. The delightful marriage of flavours can be achieved by substituting sugar with Our Allulose Sweetener to accommodate your dietary preference, ensuring everyone can indulge in this heavenly treat. Our Allulose Sweetener is a non-GMO corn-based natural sweetener. It tastes just like sugar, with a clean and moderate sweetness and no aftertaste. Because Allulose is not digested by the body, it has extremely few calories and has no effect on blood sugar levels. Allulose offers roughly 70% of the sweetness and intensity of sugar without any of the health hazards. As a result, it is becoming more common as a sweetener in food and beverages. Allulose has the remarkable feature of browning like sugar, making it the preferred sugar alternative for baking. Allulose has been demonstrated in studies to lower blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as aid in weight loss.


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