BBC Good Food Middle East Awards celebrates F&B champions in ninth outing

BBC Good Food Middle East Awards celebrates F&B champions in ninth outing

F&B leaders from across the Middle East gathered last night to the Ritz-Carlton JBR, Dubai to celebrate the region’s top restaurants, chefs and dishes at the BBC Good Food Middle East Awards.

Now in its ninth year, the annual ceremony celebrates the best restaurants in the UAE, as well as bringing a range of outlets in Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to centre stage through a new collection of awards.

The BBC Good Food Middle East Awards are voted for by consumers, and therefore based on customers’ stamp of approval across different categories.

A record number of over 111,000 votes were cast this year across the 67 categories.

One of the most prestigious awards of the evening, the BBC Good Food Middle East Chef of the Year, was won by Galvin Dubai’s Luigi Vespero.

Luigi was crowned the champion after taking part in a well-fought battle between four of Dubai’s top chefs earlier this month. The four chefs were tasked with creating a three-course menu using ingredients from a mystery box, provided by Invest Northern Ireland.

The ingredients inside the mystery box gave the chefs a real taste of freshly sourced Northern Irish produce. Many of the starters on the day of the competition focused around the Glenarm Organic Salmon, while all four of the mains featured Kettyle Irish Foods’ lamb as the star of the show.

Restaurant of the Year was awarded to Ossiano – the underwater bar and seafood restaurant at Atlantis, The Palm.

The full list of winners can be found below:

Best African Restaurant


Best Afternoon Tea

Rhodes W1

Best Americas & Caribbean Restaurant

Waka Restaurant & Bar

Best Beach Club


Best Breakfast Restaurant


Best British Restaurant

Great British Restaurant

Best Burger

The Beast burger – Burger & Lobster

Best Business Lunch

Bistro Des Arts

Best Café – Abu Dhabi

Le Café

Best Café – Dubai & Northern Emirates

Shakespeare & Co.

Best Casual Brunch


Best Casual Dining Restaurant – Saudi Arabia

Al Orjouan

Best Curry

Mutton brisket curry -Tresind

Best Dining Experience

Carnival by Tresind

Best Family Brunch

City Brunch at The Market

Best Family-friendly Restaurant

Reform Social & Grill

Best Fine Dining Brunch


Best Fine Dining Restaurant – Abu Dhabi

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill

Best Fine Dining Restaurant – Bahrain

Rasoi by Vineet

Best Fine Dining Restaurant – Dubai

Galvin Bistrot & Bar

Best Fine Dining Restaurant – Oman


Best French Restaurant

Bleu Blanc by David Myers

Best Grocery Delivery Service


Best Happy Hour

Lock, Stock & Barrel

Best Healthy Eating Restaurant

Eat Well

Best Homegrown Restaurant


Best Indian Restaurant

Carnival by Tresind

Best Italian Restaurant

Quattro Passi

Best Japanese Restaurant

Katsuya by Starck

Best Ladies Night


Best Meat Restaurant

World Cut Steakhouse

Best Mediterranean Restaurant


Best Middle Eastern Restaurant – Abu Dhabi

Byblos Sur Mer

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant – Dubai & Northern Emirates


Best Middle Eastern Restaurant – Oman

Al Tanoor

Best New Restaurant

Little Miss India

Best Pan Asian Restaurant

Buddha Bar

Best Party Brunch


Best Pizza

Pitfire Primo – Pitfire Pizza

Best Pub Food

Bridgewater Tavern

Best Roast Dinner

Bread Street Kitchen

Best Romantic Restaurant


Best Seafood Restaurant


Best Staycation Experience – Abu Dhabi

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Best Staycation Experience – Dubai & Northern Emirates

The Cove Rotana

Best Staycation Experience – Kuwait

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya

Best Staycation Experience – Oman

Shangri-La Al Husn Resort and Spa

Best Takeaway Delivery App


Best Thai Restaurant


Chef of The Year

Luigi Vespero, Galvin Bistrot & Bar

Restaurant of The Year – Dubai


Best Café – Bahrain

Swiss-Café Restaurant

Best Café – Kuwait


Best Café – Oman

Mani’s Gourmet Café

Best Café – Saudi Arabia

Café Bateel

Best Casual Dining Restaurant – Abu Dhabi


Best Casual Dining Restaurant – Bahrain

Katsuya by Starck

Best Casual Dining Restaurant – Kuwait


Best Casual Dining Restaurant – Oman

The Steak Company

Best Dessert

Red Velvet Oreo Crunch Cake – SugarMoo Desserts

Best Fine Dining Restaurant – Kuwait

Salt Restaurant

Best Fine Dining Restaurant – Saudi Arabia

The Globe

Best Food Truck


Best Middle Eastern Restaurant – Bahrain


Best Middle Eastern Restaurant – Kuwait


Best Middle Eastern Restaurant – Saudi Arabia

Mama Noura

Best Staycation Experience – Bahrain

Crowne Plaza Bahrain

Best Staycation Experience – Saudi Arabia

Al Faisaliah Hotel

The photos from the evening can now be found online here.

Congratulations once again to all the winners – we look forward to seeing you again next year!