By Amy Mathieson
The winners were named at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2019
Time Out Dubai has revealed its annual list of the very best restaurants in Dubai.
The Time Out Dubai 2019 Restaurant Awards, in association with Dubai Food Festival, took place last night (Wednesday February 20) in a glittering ceremony at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.
And the very best in the industry gathered to see Il Borro Tuscan Bistro pick up the gong for Time Out Dubai’s Restaurant of the Year.
Officially declared Dubai’s Restaurant of the Year two years running at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, Il Borro Tuscan Bistro serves up stunning dishes, every day. The service is impeccable, the setting – next to the Turtle Lagoon at Jumeirah Al Naseem – is delightful and the food is truly excellent.
Also celebrating last night was Zuma Dubai, as the team picked up the night’s final award – Outstanding Contribution. The popular Japanese restaurant has been consistently impressive, always packed and has picked up multiple trophies at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards since opening in DIFC. In 2018, the brand celebrated a decade in the city.
The awards recognised restaurants in 25 categories, from Asian to Steakhouse, Afternoon Tea to Budget, with venues commended for their brilliant food, top-notch service and superb settings.
All restaurants are reviewed anonymously by the Time Out Dubai team throughout the year, with a stringent process to ensure the very best in the city is recognised. The awards are not affected by any external influences and entirely based on experiences. You can read more about the judging process and criteria here.
The best newcomers to the city were also crowned at the awards. Restaurants that opened between September 1 2018 and January 8 2019 were eligible, and competition was particularly fierce.
Trendy jungle-themed restaurant Mama Zonia, in Pier 7, picked up Best Casual Newcomer, while lively, classy Greek spot OPA claimed the Best Fine Dining Newcomer award.
BEST ASIAN WINNER: 3 Fils
BEST CHINESE WINNER: Long Teng
BEST EUROPEAN WINNER: carine
BEST FRENCH WINNER: La Cantine Du Faubourg
BEST INDIAN: Masti
BEST ITALIAN: Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
BEST JAPANESE: TOMO
BEST LATIN AMERICAN: COYA
BEST LEBANESE: Babel
BEST MENA: Kaftan
BEST NORTH AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN: Black Tap
BEST THAI: Tong Thai
AFTERNOON TEA: Choix Patisserie and Restaurant par Pierre Gagnaire
BEST BAR FOOD: The Penthouse
BEST BREAKFAST: Pots, Pans and Boards
BEST BRUNCH: Traiteur Brunch at The Promenade
BEST BUDGET: Vietnamese Foodies
BEST CAFÉ: Gossip Café
BEST OUTDOOR: Key West
BEST PUB FOOD: The Eloquent Elephant
BEST ROMANTIC: RÜYA
BEST SEAFOOD: Ibn AlBahr
BEST STEAKHOUSE: Beefbar
BEST CASUAL NEWCOMER: Mama Zonia
BEST FINE DINING NEWCOMER: OPA
For a full list of winners and highly commended restaurants from the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2019, visit timeoutdubai.com/restaurantawards