Winners of the The Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2019 were revealed on February 20 at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, with many hotel-based restaurants winning big.

The awards recognised restaurants in 25 categories, from Asian to Steakhouse, Afternoon Tea to Budget, to Best breakfast, with the venues commended for their brilliant food, top service and superb settings.

An official statement from Time Out Dubai noted: “All restaurants are reviewed anonymously by the Time Out Dubai team throughout the year, with a stringent process to ensure the very best in the city is recognised. The awards are not affected by any external influences and entirely based on experiences.

We were up against 9 other restaurants in Dubai, so it was an amazing achievement, they were

Baker & Spice, Souk Al Bahar

eggspectation, The Beach

Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road

Friends’ Avenue Café, JLT

Gossip Café, BoxPark

Jones the Grocer, Emirates Golf Club

McGettigan’s JBR

Parker’s, La Mer

Pots, Pans & Boards, The Beach

The Surf Café, Umm Suqeim

So we were thrilled to be the winners and I had to see the staff on my way back from another part of the Middle East, so I popped into see all the front & back of house teams to congratulate them, we are all very happy and cannot thank our customers enough for coming back again and again. We are proud to be awarded #Bestbreakfast  in #Dubai  at @timeoutdubai awards 2019🏆! We thank you all for all the love and support ❤ http://potspansandboards.ae

The judging process is unlike any other, and the most trusted by both the hospitality industry and diners across the city.

Here’s why.

Time Out Dubai’s core values

Restaurants, chefs, trends – all of these things change daily in Dubai. But the principles on which the Time Out Dubai brand and its Restaurant Awards were founded have not.

Anonymity: Time Out Dubai’s team of reviewers visit restaurants throughout the year, always booking under a pseudonym and always pay for their own meals. This ensures they experience every meal as a regular paying customer, and receive no special treatment.

Integrity: Good, bad or ugly, Time Out’s reviewers tell the truth about their experiences. Time Out Dubai’s Restaurant Awards shortlists and winners are formed on the basis of multiple reviewers visiting venues, ensuring that no nomination is the result of a single visit by a single reviewer. Each is a collective decision made by the team over the course of a year.

Expertise: Time Out reviewers are serial “doers”. They’re out every night of the week, in all corners of the city, to ensure they’re real local experts. And with a team comprised of nationalities from all over the world, who’ve lived and dined in countries all over the world, there is no dish too daring, no trend too twee, for them to sink their teeth into.

Value for money: The Time Out Dubai brand is committed to telling its readers the best things to do and places to eat in town, saving its readers both time and money. A restaurant’s value for money offering is assessed with every review. We do not set a limit on the cost of the final bill, there is no numeric cut-off point. It is the overall quality of the dining experience, measured against a number of criteria, that determines a restaurant’s value.

Time Out Dubai’s criteria

In order to maintain Time Out Dubai’s core values, the brand’s reviewers always dine anonymously, always pay for their meals, and always judge an outlet against a set criteria.

  • Quality of food
    • Level of service
    • Restaurant setting
    • Ambience and atmosphere
    • Selection of beverages (*where applicable)
    • Overall value for money

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