DXB F&B Awards: From most Instagrammable cafe to best brunch, these are some of the best dining experiences in Dubai

The inaugural edition of Khaleej Times' DXB F&B Awards, in association with Dettol Pro Solutions, was a celebration of the city's glorious culinary landscape

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Somya Mehta

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Published: Sat 25 Nov 2023, 1:26 PM

Last updated: Sun 26 Nov 2023, 4:22 PM

A celebration of culinary excellence, the inaugural edition of DXB F&B Awards, presented by Khaleej Times’ wknd. magazine in association with Reckitt — Dettol Pro Solutions and Truckers, brought together culinary connoisseurs and innovators redefining the taste of the town. The gala awards night, which took place on November 24 at Address Skyview Dubai, honoured the flourishing culinary landscape of Dubai, which has transformed the city into the ‘food capital’ of the world.

Bringing together culinary stars from diverse cultural backgrounds, the night was a feast for the senses, with an extravaganza of live performances and panel discussions, offering guests an opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow movers and shakers of the F&B industry.

“It’s very nice to connect with all key players in the industry and understand their business needs and challenges. Our solutions are designed for businesses, to help them create a safe and healthy environment, both for the guests, the staff and their wellbeing,” said Melda Ates, Reckitt's Global Business Solutions Marketing Lead, who delivered a sponsor presentation at the awards ceremony.

The panel discussions of the evening spotlighted pertinent culinary concepts in the region, including the art of menu localisation and the ‘dark kitchen revolution’ and operations in the city.

Winners of the DXB F&B Awards

The DXB F&B Awards showcased a variety of categories to honour the diverse talents within the industry, such as Best Newcomer, Best Brunch, Most Instagrammable Cafe, Best Pan-Indian Restaurant and a lot more, split across ‘Popular Choice’ and ‘wknd. Choice’ Awards.

The list of winners from the evening included: Most Innovative Cafe: Sokos Cafe, Fastest Growing Hospitality Company: VTR Hospitality, Best Pan-Indian restaurant: Pincode, Longest Serving Bakery: Mister Baker, Best Indian Fine Dining: The Crossing, Best Asian Street Food: Dhaba Lane, The Best IndoChinese Restaurant Gypsy Chinese, Best Milkshake: Basking Robbins, Best Homegrown New Entry: Halla Restaurant, Most Interesting Concept: FiLLi Select won big in the wknd. Choice Awards.

Whereas, the Popular Choice Awards included, Best Breakfast: The Hamptons Cafe, Best Brunch: Robertos, Best Family Dining: Maison Mathis, Best Kids-Friendly Restaurant, Masha and The Bear, Best Business Lunch: Hutong Dubai, Best Vegan Restaurant: Seva Table, Best Newcomer: Honda by Pierchic, Best Fusion Restaurant: Masti Dubai, Best Steakhouse: Hunter and Barrel, Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Bait Maryam and Most Instagramable Cafe: Forever Rose Cafe.

The award for Excellence in Dining Environment, powered by Dettol, was bagged by Tresind.

Melda Ates, Global Business Solutions Marketing Lead, Reckitt, on how hygiene defines F&B excellence
Melda Ates, Global Business Solutions Marketing Lead, Reckitt, on how hygiene defines F&B excellence
Welcome address by Khaleej Times Editor-In-Chief Michael Jabri-Pickett
Welcome address by Khaleej Times Editor-In-Chief Michael Jabri-Pickett
Panel Discussion on 'Local Flavors, Global Appeal: The Art of Menu Localisation' with moderator Ketaki Shah, Head of Marketing - Citymax Hotels & Foodmark (right), Landmark Group and guest panellists Ryan Varga-Clark, Owner - VC Food Solutions, Louay Ghandour, Managing Director, Cravia Inc., Andres Gonzalez, Founder, HospitalityLab.ME
Panel Discussion on 'Local Flavors, Global Appeal: The Art of Menu Localisation' with moderator Ketaki Shah, Head of Marketing - Citymax Hotels & Foodmark (right), Landmark Group and guest panellists Ryan Varga-Clark, Owner - VC Food Solutions, Louay Ghandour, Managing Director, Cravia Inc., Andres Gonzalez, Founder, HospitalityLab.ME
Panel discussion on 'The Dark Kitchen Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities' with moderator Ziad Zein, Commercial & Growth Director for Restaurants & Editions, Deliveroo UAE (right) and guest panellists Nadim Majdalani, CEO, Eathos, Peter Schatzberg, General Partner, Shatranj Capital Partners, and George Kunnappally, Managing Director, Nando’s UAE
Panel discussion on 'The Dark Kitchen Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities' with moderator Ziad Zein, Commercial & Growth Director for Restaurants & Editions, Deliveroo UAE (right) and guest panellists Nadim Majdalani, CEO, Eathos, Peter Schatzberg, General Partner, Shatranj Capital Partners, and George Kunnappally, Managing Director, Nando’s UAE
Live performance by Abdullah Mohammad Al Shamsi, who goes by the stage name @notsohuman, setting the mood for the evening
Live performance by Abdullah Mohammad Al Shamsi, who goes by the stage name @notsohuman, setting the mood for the evening

LIST OF WINNERS

Best breakfast: The Hamptons Cafe in Dubai
Best breakfast: The Hamptons Cafe in Dubai
Best Newly Launched Restaurant: Onda by Pierchic
Best Newly Launched Restaurant: Onda by Pierchic
Best steakhouse: Hunter and Barrel
Best steakhouse: Hunter and Barrel
Best brunch: Zuma
Best brunch: Zuma
Best vegan restaurant: Seva Table
Best vegan restaurant: Seva Table
Best Middle Eastern restaurant: Bait Maryam
Best Middle Eastern restaurant: Bait Maryam
Best fusion restaurant: Masti Dubai
Best fusion restaurant: Masti Dubai
Most Instagrammable Cafe: Forever Rose Cafe
Most Instagrammable Cafe: Forever Rose Cafe
Best kids-friendly restaurant: Masha and the Bear Restaurant
Best kids-friendly restaurant: Masha and the Bear Restaurant
Best business lunch: Hutong Dubai
Best business lunch: Hutong Dubai
Most innovative cafe: Sokos Cafe
Most innovative cafe: Sokos Cafe
Fastest growing hospitality company: VTR Hospitality
Fastest growing hospitality company: VTR Hospitality
Best Pan-Indian Restaurant: Pincode
Best Pan-Indian Restaurant: Pincode
Longest serving bakery: Mister Baker
Longest serving bakery: Mister Baker
Best Indian Fine Dining: The Crossing
Best Indian Fine Dining: The Crossing
Best Asian Street Food: Dhaba Lane
Best Asian Street Food: Dhaba Lane
Best Milkshake: Baskin Robbins
Best Milkshake: Baskin Robbins

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