3 FILS RESTAURANT TAKES NO.1 SPOT AS FIRST-EVER LIST OF MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA’S 50 BEST RESTAURANTS IS REVEALED FOR 2022

ABU DHABI, UAE, Feb. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —

  • The inaugural list of Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants is revealed in Abu Dhabi, shining a much-deserved spotlight on the region as a world-class culinary destination

  • 3 Fils in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is named The Best Restaurant in Middle East & North Africa 2022, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, and The Best Restaurant in the UAE

  • Winners represent 11 different countries across the MENA region, from Morocco and Tunisia to Kuwait and Qatar

  • Lowe in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is awarded the Sustainable Restaurant Award

  • Trèsind Studio in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, wins the Art of Hospitality Award

  • Reif Othman of Reif Kushiyaki, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is voted by his peers as the winner of the Chefs’ Choice Award

  • Emirati chef Sahar Parham Al Awadhi takes home the MENA’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by Valrhona

  • Bahraini chef Tala Bashmi is presented with MENA’s Best Female Chef Award

  • Kamal Mouzawak of Tawlet in Beirut, Lebanon is recognised with the Foodics Icon Award

The culinary stars of the restaurant world converged in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi this evening, 7th February 2022, for the debut of the Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. Restaurants from across 11 countries within Middle East and North Africa were announced as the top 50 places to eat in the region at an event held in Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. Hosted in partnership with Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the event culminated in the announcement of the region’s first ever No.1 restaurant, 3 Fils, whose team took to the stage to receive the award.

3 Fils restaurant in Dubai, UAE, takes No.1 spot at first-ever Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants awards 2022, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna

For the full 1-50 list, please see the attached infographic or scroll to the bottom of this release.

3 Fils, a casual contemporary restaurant located in Dubai’s historic Jumeirah Fishing Harbour, was founded in 2016 by two Emiratis and a Singaporean. The menu features Asian fusion dishes ranging from sushi rolls to indomie, as well as king crab salads, marinated lamb ribs, and matcha chocolates with tea crumbs and milk foam from its dessert bar, Brix, located next door. 3 Fils is one of the most celebrated and recommended restaurants in the UAE and has now earned the highly coveted ranking as the best restaurant in the MENA region. This hidden gem prides itself on elevating every dining experience with a sense of comfort, discovery and sharing in a laid-back harbourside setting.

The Japanese izakaya Zuma in DIFC, Dubai, founded by chef Rainer Becker, claims the No.2 spot, followed by Raz Rahav’s OCD Restaurant in Tel Aviv (No.3), which is also named The Best Restaurant in Israel.

William Drew, Director of Content for Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “It’s a great honour to announce that 3 Fils has made it to the top of the rankings at the inaugural Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. It is a brilliantly executed home-grown restaurant, loved by local residents and visitors alike. There is no doubt that it sets new standards in creativity, sourcing and food presentation, coupled with a personable service style, and we are delighted to announce that it has been voted No.1. Additionally, we are excited to see that 11 countries from the region are represented on the Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants list, demonstrating the extraordinary diversity of cuisine in this region.”

The United Arab Emirates tops the list with an impressive 19 restaurants, including three from host city Abu Dhabi, while Israel follows with six restaurants on the list, two of which are in the top 10: OCD Restaurant (No.3) and George & John (No.9). Following close behind are Lebanon and Saudi Arabia with five restaurants each: just outside the top 10 and leading the way for Beirut is Baron (No.12), named The Best Restaurant in Lebanon, while Riyadh’s Myazu (No.15) is the winner of The Best Restaurant in Saudi Arabia title. Egypt is also well-represented with four restaurants featured in the ranking including Sachi (No.5), making it The Best Restaurant in Egypt. Jordan also has a player in the top 10 with Fakhreldin (No.7) in Amman named The Best Restaurant in Jordan.

The anime-inspired Japanese eatery White Robata in Kuwait City comes in at No.43, making it The Best Restaurant in Kuwait, while steakhouse Cut by Wolfgang Puck in Doha (No.36) bags The Best Restaurant in Qatar award. At No.31, Mirai is The Best Restaurant in Bahrain, while Tunis restaurant La Closerie (No.46) claims the title of The Best Restaurant in Tunisia. Three Moroccan restaurants also feature, with Marrakech’s La Grande Table Marocaine (No.26) being voted The Best Restaurant in Morocco, alongside Iloli (No.32) in Casablanca and +61 (No.49), also in Marrakech.

Popular Singapore-born chef Reif Othman is honoured with the Chefs’ Choice Award. Designed to give recognition to a chef who has had a positive impact on the regional culinary community, the award is peer-voted by chefs of the restaurants on the MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Othman has worked in many of the leading restaurants throughout the region, including Zuma and Burj Al Arab in Dubai, and recently opened a new restaurant under his own name, Reif Kushiyaki, which features on the ranking at No.16.

The Sustainable Restaurant Award honours the establishment in the list with the highest sustainability rating. This award is presented to Lowe (No.23) in Dubai, a restaurant that has set a new standard for exquisite food that goes hand-in-hand with sustainability. Chef-owners Jesse Blake and Kate Christou focus on reducing waste through nose-to-tail cooking while also supporting their team and the wider community.

As a recognition of excellence in restaurant service and dining experiences, the Art of Hospitality Award is presented to Dubai’s Trèsind Studio (No.4). The restaurant is commended for its theatrical gastronomic experience incorporating multiple changes of pace and scenarios. Chef Himanshu Saini’s brand of advanced Indian food is matched by the perfectly choreographed service.

Sahar Parham Al Awadhi, formerly Head Pastry Chef at the esteemed Burj Al Arab in UAE, takes home the MENA’s Best Pastry Chef Award, sponsored by Valrhona. Sahar began her culinary career in 2014 and has worked at La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie in Dubai with Izu Ani and Le Saint Georges in Paris. As an Emirati, she believes in showcasing the origins of her ingredients and supporting local producers.

Other pre-announced award winners accepting their trophies on stage include Tala Bashmi, often referred to as the voice of modern Bahraini cuisine, winner of the first Middle East & North Africa’s Best Female Chef Award; Kamal Mouzawak, one of Lebanon’s most prominent food activists, winner of the Foodics Icon Award for elevating the slow food movement in the country and his outstanding contributions to the restaurant industry; and innovative izakaya joint Kinoya, which picks up the One To Watch Award, presented to founder and ‘Ramen Queen’ Neha Mishra.

The Voting Process

The list is compiled by the Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of 250 key leaders in the restaurant industry across the region, each selected for their expert opinion of Middle East and North Africa’s restaurant scenes.

The Academy is divided into six regions: the Gulf; Saudi Arabia; Levant-plus; Israel, North Africa (East) and North Africa (West). Each region has its own panel of members including a chairperson, called the Academy Chair, to head it up. The panel is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded gourmets. For the 2022 list, each MENA Academy member voted for seven restaurants, with at least one of these located outside the country where they are based. None of the event’s sponsors has any influence over the voting process.

EDITOR’S NOTES:

1-50 List:

Ranking

Restaurant

Town

Country

1

3 Fils

Dubai

UAE

2

Zuma

Dubai

UAE

3

OCD Restaurant

Tel Aviv

Israel

4

Trèsind Studio

Dubai

UAE

5

Sachi

Cairo

Egypt

6

Orfali Bros Bistro

Dubai

UAE

7

Fakhreldin

Amman

Jordan

8

LPM Dubai

Dubai

UAE

9

George & John

Tel Aviv

Israel

10

Gaia

Dubai

UAE

11

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

Dubai

UAE

12

Baron

Beirut

Lebanon

13

Coya Dubai

Dubai

UAE

14

HaBasta

Tel Aviv

Israel

15

Myazu

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia

16

Reif Kushiyaki

Dubai

UAE

17

Animar

Tel Aviv

Israel

18

Trèsind

Dubai

UAE

19

Kazoku

Cairo

Egypt

20

Mimi Kakushi

Dubai

UAE

21

Liza

Beirut

Lebanon

22

Em Sherif

Beirut

Lebanon

23

Lowe

Dubai

UAE

24

Pescado

Ashdod

Israel

25

Hakkasan

Abu Dhabi

UAE

26

La Grande Table Marocaine

Marrakech

Morocco

27

13C Bar in the Back

Amman

Jordan

28

Tawlet Mar Mikhael

Beirut

Lebanon

29

Amazonico

Dubai

UAE

30

Marble

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia

31

Mirai

Manama

Bahrain

32

Iloli

Casablanca

Morocco

33

BB Social Dining

Dubai

UAE

34

Coya Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

UAE

35

Indochine

Dubai

UAE

36

Cut by Wolfgang Puck

Doha

Qatar

37

Porterhouse

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia

38

Zooba (Zamalek)

Cairo

Egypt

39

Fusions by Tala

Manama

Bahrain

40

Milgo & Milbar

Tel Aviv

Israel

41

Sufra

Amman

Jordan

42

LPM Riyadh

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia

43

White Robata

Kuwait City

Kuwait

44

Hoseki

Dubai

UAE

45

Izakaya

Cairo

Egypt

46

La Closerie

Tunis

Tunisia

47

Clap

Beirut

Lebanon

48

Butcher & Still

Abu Dhabi

UAE

49

+61

Marrakech

Morocco

50

Tokyo

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia

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About the host destination: Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors, fuels economic progress and helps achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations that define the Emirate’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the Emirate’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture and tourism industries. DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the Emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. It works to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought.

About the main sponsor: S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna

S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the main partners of Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants and 50 Best for Recovery. S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna are the leading natural mineral waters in the fine dining world. Together they interpret Italian style worldwide as a synthesis of excellence, pleasure and well-being.

Other Partners

  • Estrella Damm – Official Beer Partner

  • Foodics – Official Restaurant Management Technology Partner; sponsor of the Foodics Icon Award

  • Al Maryah Island – Official Real Estate Partner

  • Valrhona – Official Chocolate Partner; sponsor of MENA’s Best Pastry Chef Award

  • Gin Mare – Official Gin Partner

  • Beronia – Official Wine Partner

  • Flor de Caña – Official Rum Partner

  • Nyetimber – Official Sparkling Wine Partner

  • Lyre’s – Official Non-Alcoholic Spirits Partner

  • Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers – Official Hotel Partner

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