Restaurants opening in the Middle East in 2018 that you just cannot miss

Hotelier Middle East rounds up - in no particular order - just some of the restaurants located within hotels that are opening or have opened in 2018


Farmhouse The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, UAE

Parveen Kumar

Stickman Design/Kristina Zanic

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150 seating capacity

USP: The restaurant has its own smokehouse and Josper grill

Tomahawk (for two) — Australian Black Onyx 1,200g; Sharing Smokehouse platter — Lamb ribs, veal ribs, brisket, smoked sausage; Espellette charred octopus — Beef Chorizo & Chickpeas, Pepperade; Master Kobe Wagyu — MB 7/8 250g

Smokehouse, grill and bar

Concept: Farm-to-table inspiration, premium meats and local produce

January 2018

Favourite feature: It overlooks the resort’s waterhole and desert landscape. It also has an outdoor terrace and lounge with outdoor bar, around a fire pit, along with a whisky lounge featuring signature smoked cocktails.

21 Grams Park Regis Boutique Hotel, Dubai

Uroš Mitrašinović

Stasha Toncev

30 seating capacity

Gypsy toast with kaymak & ajvar; grilled ćevapi with onions and red pepper; meat and cheese burek; chocolate hazelnut baklava

Modern Balkan cuisine

January 2018

Favourite feature: First Balkan food concept in UAE — and the restaurant is run by a Balkan crew

Pierre’s Bistro & Bar Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai

USP: Three-Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire makes his awaited return to Dubai with a new dining and lifestyle experience

March, 2018


Play Restaurant & Lounge Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain


Concept: It’s to offer the best of European cooking techniques infused with the finest Asian ingredients

Hotel owner: Seven Holding

Location: Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain

‘Mediterrasian’ cuisine — like its Dubai sister concept

Did you know? The concept is a franchise of Play Restaurant & Lounge in Dubai; the team will report to the owners.

Turbine & Taps Sheraton Oman Hotel

Concept: An industrial-style restaurant and lounge

January 12, 2018

Soner Kesgin

100 seating capacity

Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Buffalo Chicken Wings, T.B Black Angus Burger

Scalini Dubai Restaurant Village, Four Seasons Resort Dubai


January 21, 2018

Monserrato Marini

Bishop Interior Design

Fast fact: The concept, from london, has been brought to dubai by bulldozer group

Concept: Traditional Italian experience, with a selection of fresh seafood and desserts, complemented by a selection of hand-crafted beverages

Spaghetti lobster, grilled langoustines, veal Milanese, risotto di mare and tiramisu

130 seating capacity

Favourite feature: The way in which the indoor and outdoor seating blend seamlessly

Morimoto Dubai Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai

Tuna pizza, uni carbonara, angry chicken, sushi platters, Morimoto chicken ramen

Seating capacity: Restaurant and lounge can seat 250; three private dining rooms for seating up to 22 guests, and four outdoor terraces including private access areas

USP: Live teppanyaki counter headed by one of chef Morimoto’s highly skilled Japanese chefs

Concept: Morimoto Dubai is chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first opening in the UAE, and as with his other restaurants, creates a bridge between the culinary traditions of his native Japan and the American palate, integrating Western and Japanese ingredients

WA Interiors

Miguel Huelamo



Zale Beach Club and Lounge Kempinski Hotel Muscat

USP: It’s the only beach club on Al Mouj, and has a flair mixologist and a live resident DJ. It also offers a VIP area for private groups

Concept: Zale, meaning “power of the sea” in Greek, is the only beach club in Al Mouj, Muscat

Seating capacity: 70 indoor, 185 outdoor

‘King Crab Tacos’ with lime, coriander, and avocado (sharing); ‘Veal Paillard’ with rocca, datterino tomatoes, roasted lemon, and caper butter (main dish)

First half (H1) of 2018

Multicultural-inspired cuisine

Matthias Busse

Flair bartender, Rahim Valiyev

Nineteen Address Montgomerie, Dubai

130 seating capacity

Roasted Hokkaido scallops, fresh Greek and summer salads, ocean beef tenderloin and traditional tiramisu

USP: Views of Championship Golf Course designed by Colin Montgomerie himself

Re-opening: Nineteen’s refurbed interiors are inspired by the seaside countries of Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and France, to name a few

January 2018


Giuliano Berta

Delfina Cortese

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