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:

Category Winner
Beach Club Blue Marlin Ibiza
Staycation Experience – Bahrain Movenpick Hotel Bahrain
Staycation Experience – Kuwait Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya
Staycation Experience Caesars Bluewaters Dubai
Grocery Delivery Service Kibsons
Breakfast Restaurant Eat Well Restaurant and Bistro
Café Jones The Grocer
Healthy Eating Restaurant ONO Poke
Casual Dining Restaurant Great British Restaurant (GBR)
Afternoon Tea Al Bayt
Homegrown Restaurant Tresind Studio
Happy Hour Cho Gao
Ladies Night The Penthouse
Pub Food BFF
Party Brunch Yalumba
Casual Brunch The Collective By Market Café
Family Brunch City Brunch at The Market
Fine Dining Brunch The Loft at Dubai Opera
British Restaurant – Abu Dhabi Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
British Restaurant – Dubai & Northern Emirates Hell’s Kitchen Dubai
Americas & Caribbean Restaurant – Abu Dhabi El Sombrero
Americas & Caribbean Restaurant – Dubai & Northern Emirates LIMA Dubai
French Restaurant – Abu Dhabi Bord Eau
French Restaurant  – Dubai & Northern Emirates La Cantine Du Faubourg
Italian Restaurant – Abu Dhabi Roberto’s Abu Dhabi
Italian Restaurant  – Dubai & Northern Emirates Splendido Social Bar and Kitchen
Japanese Restaurant – Abu Dhabi Tori No Su
Japanese Restaurant – Dubai & Northern Emirates Nobu
Indian Restaurant – Abu Dhabi India Palace
Indian Restaurant – Dubai & Northern Emirates MASTI
Middle Eastern Restaurant  – Abu Dhabi Mosaic
Middle Eastern Restaurant – Dubai & Northern Emirates NINIVE
Pan Asian Restaurant – Abu Dhabi Hakkasan Abu Dhabi
Pan Asian Restaurant  – Dubai & Northern Emirates Maiden Shanghai
Mediterranean Restaurant – Abu Dhabi Bravo
Mediterranean Restaurant – Dubai & Northern Emirates OPA
Thai Restaurant – Abu Dhabi Pachaylen
Thai Restaurant – Dubai & Northern Emirates Thiptara
Meat Restaurant – Abu Dhabi JW Steakhouse
Meat Restaurant – Dubai & Northern Emirates Prime68
Fine Dining Restaurant – Abu Dhabi Villa Toscana
Fine Dining Restaurant – Dubai & Northern Emirates TOMO
New Restaurant  – Abu Dhabi Buddha-Bar Beach
New Restaurant – Dubai & Northern Emirates Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra
Restaurant of The Year – Bahrain Rasoi by Vineet
Restaurant of The Year – Oman Sultanah Restaurant
Restaurant of The Year – Saudi Arabia Hong Restaurant
Chef of The Year Craig Best
Restaurant of The Year – Abu Dhabi Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
Restaurant of The Year  – Dubai & Northern Emirates OPA

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.