This lavish restaurant at The Merchant House Hotel in Bahrain is known for Mediterranean and Asian fare. With its rich décor and an outdoor terrace, the vibe is homey yet classy. Executive Chef Robert Shipman’s unfussy menu draws inspiration from his experiences in Southern Europe and working with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
+973 1667 1000, Campbellgrayhotels
Located in W Dubai at The Palm, the restaurant serves Japanese favorites with a Korean flair. Named after its owner, who is a South Korean Michelin-starred chef, this swanky eatery has a live-performance open kitchen and an outdoor terrace. Crowd favorites include tuna pizza, wagyu tacos, and, of course, sushi.
+971 4 245 5555, Akirabackdubai
You’re welcomed with “Irasshaimase” as you step inside this charming Japanese restaurant in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall. The brainchild of master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi and designer Philippe Starck, Katsuya blends Japanese finesse with Californian culinary treats.
+971 2 492 6660, Katsuyarestaurant
Two-Michelin-star chef Mathieu Viannay brings French flair to Dubai’s dining scene. Located at The Pointe in The Palm Jumeirah, this space boasts velvet furnishings and floral tones, with a vibrant menu that comprises decadent dishes, including the must-try Pave De Bar Aux Coquillages En Cressonnette.
+971 4 241 2828, Rueroyalerestaurant
Introducing Portuguese flavors to the otherwise Asian-themed Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Tosca is the first international venture for acclaimed Chef Jose Avillez. Its menu offers a modern take on Portuguese classics, with dishes such as the Giant Red Shrimp, Piri Piri Chicken, and the surf and turf platter with Blue Portuguese Lobster among the crowd-pleasers.
+971 4 777 2231, Mandarinoriental
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