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The culinary stars of the restaurant world converged in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi this evening for the second edition of the Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. Restaurants from across 14 cities have been voted as the 50 best dining destinations in MENA at an event hosted in partnership with Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, culminating in the announcement of the region’s No.1 restaurant, Orfali Bros Bistro.

Orfali Bros Bistro, an unlicensed gastronomic bistro and test kitchen located in Dubai’s contemporary Wasl 51 neighbourhood, was founded in 2021 by three brothers originally from Syria: Mohammad, Wassim and Omar Orfali. The menu features dishes with a core Middle Eastern theme paying homage to the brothers’ Aleppian roots, while capturing the multiculturalism and avant-garde spirit of Dubai.

The fine dining Indian restaurant Trèsind Studio in The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, claims the No.2 spot, followed by Fusions by Tala in Manama (No.3).

William Drew, Director of Content for Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “It’s a great honour to announce that Orfali Bros Bistro has made it to the No.1 spot. There is no doubt that it sets a new standard in creativity, innovation and food presentation, coupled with an intimate service style, and we are thrilled to celebrate its brilliance alongside so many others in the region.”