BBC Good Food Middle East Magazine Awards 2019: The winners

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The region’s top F&B leaders gathered last night to The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai to celebrate the Middle East’s top restaurants and chefs at the tenth annual BBC Good Food Middle East Magazine Awards.

Celebrating a decade of success at the annual ceremony, the awards are designed to honour the best restaurants in the UAE, as well as bringing a range of outlets in Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

The BBC Good Food Middle East Magazine Awards give restaurants and hotels the consumer stamp of approval, as they are voted for by our readers.

This year, more than 60,000 votes were cast across 50 categories.

One of the most prestigious awards of the evening, the BBC Good Food Middle East Chef of the Year, was won by Hell’s Kitchen’s Craig Best.

Craig 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 Bord Bia.

Much to the surprise of the chefs, no meat was included in the box and the chefs were tasked with working with various types of freshly sourced Irish fish – including brown crab, oysters and salmon.

In the restaurant space, the two most sought-after awards of the evening – Restaurant of the Year for Abu Dhabi and Dubai and the Northern Emirates, were won by Marco Pierre Steakhouse and Grill at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, and OPA at Fairmont Dubai.

The full list of winners can be found below:

CategoryWinner
Beach ClubBlue Marlin Ibiza
Staycation Experience – BahrainMovenpick Hotel Bahrain
Staycation Experience – KuwaitFour Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya
Staycation ExperienceCaesars Bluewaters Dubai
Grocery Delivery ServiceKibsons
Breakfast RestaurantEat Well Restaurant and Bistro
CaféJones The Grocer
Healthy Eating RestaurantONO Poke
Casual Dining RestaurantGreat British Restaurant (GBR)
Afternoon TeaAl Bayt
Homegrown RestaurantTresind Studio
Happy HourCho Gao
Ladies NightThe Penthouse
Pub FoodBFF
Party BrunchYalumba
Casual BrunchThe Collective By Market Café
Family BrunchCity Brunch at The Market
Fine Dining BrunchThe Loft at Dubai Opera
British Restaurant – Abu DhabiMarco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
British Restaurant – Dubai & Northern EmiratesHell’s Kitchen Dubai
Americas & Caribbean Restaurant – Abu DhabiEl Sombrero
Americas & Caribbean Restaurant – Dubai & Northern EmiratesLIMA Dubai
French Restaurant – Abu DhabiBord Eau
French Restaurant  – Dubai & Northern EmiratesLa Cantine Du Faubourg
Italian Restaurant – Abu DhabiRoberto’s Abu Dhabi
Italian Restaurant  – Dubai & Northern EmiratesSplendido Social Bar and Kitchen
Japanese Restaurant – Abu DhabiTori No Su
Japanese Restaurant – Dubai & Northern EmiratesNobu
Indian Restaurant – Abu DhabiIndia Palace
Indian Restaurant – Dubai & Northern EmiratesMASTI
Middle Eastern Restaurant  – Abu DhabiMosaic
Middle Eastern Restaurant – Dubai & Northern EmiratesNINIVE
Pan Asian Restaurant – Abu DhabiHakkasan Abu Dhabi
Pan Asian Restaurant  – Dubai & Northern EmiratesMaiden Shanghai
Mediterranean Restaurant – Abu DhabiBravo
Mediterranean Restaurant – Dubai & Northern EmiratesOPA
Thai Restaurant – Abu DhabiPachaylen
Thai Restaurant – Dubai & Northern EmiratesThiptara
Meat Restaurant – Abu DhabiJW Steakhouse
Meat Restaurant – Dubai & Northern EmiratesPrime68
Fine Dining Restaurant – Abu DhabiVilla Toscana
Fine Dining Restaurant – Dubai & Northern EmiratesTOMO
New Restaurant  – Abu DhabiBuddha-Bar Beach
New Restaurant – Dubai & Northern EmiratesMasala Library by Jiggs Kalra
Restaurant of The Year – BahrainRasoi by Vineet
Restaurant of The Year – OmanSultanah Restaurant
Restaurant of The Year – Saudi ArabiaHong Restaurant
Chef of The YearCraig Best
Restaurant of The Year – Abu DhabiMarco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
Restaurant of The Year  – Dubai & Northern EmiratesOPA

Congratulations to all of our 2019 winners! To see the gallery from the evening, and find out more information on the 2020 awards, click here.