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3 Fils takes the cake as MENA’s best restaurant

The food event of the year just took place in the UAE capital. Red carpets, chefs draped in customary scarlet scarves, and a whole lot of scrumptious food, what a way to celebrate the first-ever MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony.

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Culinary stars from around the world descended on Abu Dhabi for the gala event organised by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants group, which unveiled the top contenders from across the Middle East and North Africa.

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The soiree had world-famous chefs, restaurateurs, food critics and other culinary experts raising a glass to the best in the business at a glittering event in Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers.

After much speculation and anticipation, Dubai restaurant 3 Fils was named the No. 1 restaurant in the MENA region.

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Singaporean-born chef Akmal Anuar started the venture as a labour of love, and the name is a play on the three owners (two Emiratis and Anuar) each giving their “two cents’ worth”.

Their menu boasts Asian-inspired dishes such as seaweed salad, salmon carpaccio, beef chorizo indomie, crispy eel and Hokkaido scallops, plus various types of maki and tempura.


Zuma in Dubai, OCD Restaurant in Israel, Tresind Studio in Dubai and Sachi in Egypt took up the next four positions.

Of the 50 restaurants, 19 are in the UAE, while six in Israel, five each in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, four in Egypt, three each in Morocco and Jordan, two in Bahrain, and one each in Kuwait, Tunisia and Qatar.
Elsewhere, Emirati Sahar Al Awadi was named MENA’s Best Pastry Chef, and Reif Othman (of Reif Japanese Kushiyaki fame) won the Chef’s Choice Award.

Want the read the entire 50 best list? Here it is –

MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022

  1. 3 Fils, Dubai, UAE
  2. Zuma, Dubai, UAE
  3. OCD Restaurant, Tel Aviv, Israel
  4. Tresind Studio, Dubai, UAE (also won Art of Hospitality Award)
  5. Sachi, Cairo, Egypt
  6. Orfali Bros Bistro, Dubai, UAE
  7. Fakhreldin, Amman, Jordan
  8. LPM Restaurant & Bar, Dubai
  9. George & John, Tel Aviv, Israel
  10. Gaia, Dubai, UAE
  11. Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Dubai, UAE
  12. Baron, Beirut, Lebanon
  13. Coya, Dubai, UAE
  14. HaBasta, Tel Aviv, Israel
  15. Myazu, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  16. Reif Kushiyaki, Dubai, UAE
  17. Animar, Tel Aviv, Israel
  18. Tresind, Dubai, UAE
  19. Kazoku, Cairo, Egypt
  20. Mimi Kakushi, Dubai, UAE
  21. Liza, Beirut, Lebanon
  22. Em Sherif, Beirut, Lebanon
  23. Lowe, Dubai, UAE
  24. Pescado, Ashdod, Israel
  25. Hakkasan, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  26. La Grande Table Marocaine, Marrakech, Morocco
  27. 13C Bar in the Back, Amman, Jordan
  28. Tawlet Mar Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon
  29. Amazonico, Dubai, UAE
  30. Marble, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  31. Mirai, Manama, Bahrain
  32. Iloli, Casablanca, Morocco
  33. BB Social Dining, Dubai, UAE
  34. Coya, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  35. Indochine, Dubai, UAE
  36. Cut by Wolfgang Puck, Qatar, Doha
  37. Porterhouse, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  38. Zooba, Cairo, Egypt
  39. Fusions by Tala, Manama, Bahrain
  40. Milgo Milbar, Tel Aviv, Israel
  41. Sufra, Amman, Jordan
  42. LPM Restaurant & Cafe, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  43. White Robata, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  44. Hoseki, Dubai, UAE
  45. Izakaya, Cairo, Egypt
  46. La Closerie, La Marsa, Tunisia
  47. Clap, Beirut, Lebanon
  48. Butcher & Still, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  49. Plus61, Marrakech, Morocco
  50. Tokyo, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Well, here’s the list, so where are you going to go?

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