Luxebook September 2023

11 Woodfire There’s no shortage of premium dining restaurants in Dubai, but 11 Woodfire is by popular choice, one of the best and most premium restaurants in Dubai. Located in a villa on Jumeirah Beach Road, the restaurant is a one Michelin-star restaurant helmed by the celebrated chef and restauranteur Akmal Anuar. Now the restaurant may be a top-notch, premium restaurant with one Michelin star, but the aesthetic scream, casual and easy-going. The industrial-chic interiors are cosy and contemporary with a neutral colour palette of cream and slate grey. The oak brown furniture adds the perfect amount of dark glamour to the space, which is perfect considering the restaurant’s preferred style of cooking. The name of the restaurant is a dead giveaway and tells you almost everything you need to know about the restaurant’s culinary concept. Built around the concept of gathering around a warming fire with a focus on celebrating simplicity and the allure of natural flavours. And so, wood and wooden cooking techniques are the only mode of cooking at 11 Woodfire; this gives guests a beautifully smoked variety of food, and that includes the desserts. The dishes are prepared using various grill techniques which add and enhance the existing flavours. And while every dish on the menu is noteworthy (or so we’ve heard), the wagyu burger, kebabs, seabass and chicken wings are the biggest highlights on the menu. Ariana’s Persian Kitchen Matching the opulence of the newly opened Atlantis The Royal Dubai, celebrity chef Ariana Bundy provides a unique take on classic Persian cuisine at Ariana’s Persian Kitchen. The food, of course, is noteworthy, but the ambience deserves a special mention, especially with the stunning view of Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai skyline. The restaurant itself is designed to resemble the “deconstruction of a traditional tower block”, and id coated in a pastel-colour palette paired with calming tones of cream and brown. Ambient gold toned lighting fixtures hang from the beautifully carved ceiling while the marble and copper coloured bar remains the primary focus. The venue offers multiple seating options including the garden terrace and by the show kitchen with a huge charcoal grill as well as a private dining room celebratory dinners. Coming to the menu, the food is said to be inspired by family recipes handed that have been handed down generations. The menu combines Persian classics that have been spun with a refreshingly modern twist that goes beyond flavours, and onto textures, ingredients, and even presentation to bring to life the untold stories of Persian culture. Savour delights like rose-scented sea bass, Caspian-style filet kebab and sweet treats like ice cream with saffron, pistachios and rose water. The meals are complemented by creative cordials and of course, a restaurants to feast on sushi and dim sum or enjoy the vibrant flavours of Thai and Vietnamese street food. Dubai’s multiculturalism extends to European and Western dining experiences as well, with Italian trattorias, French bistros, and American burger joints aplenty. Furthermore, Dubai also presents a vibrant choice of eateries for the health-conscious diners. Given the importance of sustainability and health-conscious dining in the recent years, there has been a significant increase in organic and plant-based options across the city. Dubai’s culinary scene continues to evolve, catering to a more health-conscious and environmentally aware clientele. Dubai’s restaurant scene is a culinary mosaic that mirrors the diversity of its population. It’s a city where global flavours harmoniously coexist, inviting food enthusiasts to explore the world through their taste buds, making it a true food lover’s paradise. The fine dining sector, however, triumphs them all. Fine Dine Experiences Fine dining in Dubai is a symphony of opulence, innovation, and gastronomic excellence. This city has earned its reputation as a global hub for luxury dining experiences, offering a plethora of Michelin-starred restaurants and high-end establishments that cater to the most discerning palates. The fine dining scene in Dubai is characterized by its architectural marvels that house these culinary treasures. Iconic skyscrapers, such as the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab, host restaurants that provide not just exquisite meals but also breathtaking views of the cityscape and the Arabian Gulf. Moreover, internationally acclaimed chefs have flocked to Dubai, creating a diverse tapestry of culinary experiences. You can enjoy French cuisine by Joël Robuchon at the iconic L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, indulge in Japanese delicacies at Zuma, or explore the flavours of Italy at Pierchic, perched at the end of a pier in the Arabian Gulf. The emphasis on presentation and service is unparalleled, with impeccable attention to detail in every aspect of the dining experience. Each dish is a work of art, meticulously crafted to delight the senses. Put simply, the fine dining scene in Dubai transcends the traditional boundaries of taste and ambiance, offering an unforgettable fusion of world-class cuisine, luxurious settings, and impeccable service. It’s a testament to the city’s commitment to creating unforgettable moments for those seeking the ultimate culinary indulgence. And so here are some of our top picks of fine dining in Dubai. Left-right: 11 Woodfire Left-right: Ariana’s Persian Kitchen 44|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|45