Adriano Cattaneo, the global executive head chef of LPM Restaurant and Bar, gives his recommendations for the ritziest city in the United Arab Emirates
Hong Kong's gourmands will recognise French chef Adriano Cattaneo from his many years at the helm of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, though these days he calls Dubai his home, having moved to the United Arab Emirates to take up the post of global executive head chef of LPM Restaurant and Bar.
With an impressive culinary resumé that includes the likes of Epicure at Le Bristol Paris, Le Meurice and Nomicos, Cattaneo is a stickler for the exacting standards required at the highest echelons of fine dining—a tendency that carries over into his picks for culinary destinations in his newly adopted home. Keep reading to find out where to book on your next trip to Dubai, each carrying Cattaneo's stamp of approval.
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L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
When I want to feel at home, I always go for the lamb cutlets and mashed potatoes at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. This place is like family to me, having worked there for a long time before I joined the team at LPM. I share lots of fond memories with the fellow chefs I worked with over the years.
Gate Village 11, Podium Level, Dubai International Financial Centre, Al Boursa Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; +971 4 297 7729, atelier-robuchon.ae
Definitely one of the most popular restaurants in Dubai—it never disappoints. I come here for the vibrant ambience and delicious cocktails at the bar, as well as the super-fresh sushi and sashimi.
Gate Village 06, Podium Level, Dubai International Financial Centre, Al Mustaqbal Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; +971 4 425 5660, zumarestaurant.com
Chic Nonna is a must-try on my list. There is some Italian blood in my family, so I like to check out Italian places from time to time to honour that part of my heritage.
Zone D, Gate Avenue, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; +971 4 605 2000, chicnonna.com
I love this restaurant and its location in the Burj Al Arab. The view is simply incredible, and as a one-Michelin-starred restaurant, this is French cuisine at its finest.
27/F, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; +971 800 323232, jumeirah.com
Clap will always be my number one choice for a good, lively brunch in Dubai. Its buffet offers an extensive selection of different food, including amazing sushi options. The panoramic view of the city and the pleasant live music are just the icing on the cake.
Level 9, Gate Village Building 11, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; +971 4 569 3820, claprestaurant.com
Amazonico is iconic in Dubai. I love the unique decor and the breathtaking view from their well-known rooftop—one of the most famous in Dubai. I always enjoy a good cocktail here. It’s the perfect fusion of tropical and Latin American cuisines.
Pavilion, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai United Arab Emirates; +971 4 571 3999, amazonicorestaurant.com