Best Restaurants in the Middle East
In recent years, the Middle East has become the world’s culinary hub, with hundreds of exquisite restaurants offering diners the most delicious meals. From Egypt to Dubai, Middle Eastern cuisine is a blend of old and new, and includes favourite dishes from all around the world. So, whether you’re a lover of classic meze food or Japanese sushi, you’re bound to find it all in the Middle East.
We’ve composed a list of the Best Restaurants in the Middle East – all you need to do is follow your stomach to the one’s you like the sound of!
Meze by Lemon Tree, Turkey
Meze by Lemon Tree serves meze food with a difference. Every item on the menu is freshly prepared and expertly cooked, and served by polite waiters who often double up as chefs in the kitchen. Whether you choose to dine on a whole fresh fish or the braised beef slices, your meal at Meze is sure to be an unforgettable one.
Tori No Su, Abu Dhabi
Enjoy freshly prepared sushi in this modern and trendy restaurant. The helpful and friendly staff will be able to make informed recommendations on what you might like to eat, whether it be succulent sushi or the miso soup.
Set in Dubai’s bustling financial district, Roberto’s is a modern Italian restaurant, serving cuisine as splendid as the restaurant’s cityscape views. Among Italian culinary classics is also a host of impressive cocktails served at the restaurant’s bar.
Serving exquisite Iranian cuisine, Shiraz offers diners a wonderful culinary journey in an intimate setting. From its orange chicken to duck and pomegranate stew, you can expect to enjoy unique but delicious dishes.
Toro Toro, Dubai
Blending South and Central American flavours together, Toro Toro in Dubai serves its diners delicious food in a contemporary environment. Diners can also enjoy the restaurant’s selection of handmade cocktails, as well as the tapas plates for sharing.
Citadel View Restaurant, Egypt
The Citadel View Restaurant in Egypt offers its guests stunning views over the Al Azhar’s gardens and the Citadel, and also serves wonderful Egyptian dishes of grilled meat. There is also a buffet served on the weekends which is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Boasting delicious food and stunning views from its rooftop location, Mikla has it all. Sample the restaurant’s innovative menu, including favourites such as the pistachio-crusted lamb chops whilst enjoying the panoramic cityscape views Mikla affords.
Moghul Rooms, Egypt
Although considered one of the most expensive restaurants in Egypt, the Moghul Rooms has rightly earned its reputation as one of the best restaurants in the world. Serving luxurious Indian food alongside live entertainment, guests can enjoy their meal amongst lush and contemporary furnishings.
Sayad, Abu Dhabi
Contemporary and sumptuous cuisine has found a home at Sayad, which serves its dishes in a modern setting. Located within the Emirates Palace Hotel, the Sayad restaurant echoes everything you would expect of one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.
Table 9 by Nick and Scott, Dubai
Chefs Nick and Scott joined Gordon Ramsay at his restaurant Verre, and stayed on once the celebrity chef left Dubai in 2011. Now they head Table 9, which serves contemporary fusion cuisine in a modern yet relaxed setting.
Amy Labbadia is a travel writer for the luxury tour operator Wanderforth, specialising in holidays to the Middle East.