Two Dubai restaurants who made it to the World’s Best Restaurants list last year, have climbed up the pecking order in the annual ranking.
Zuma and Le Petite Maison were ranked number 77 and 81 in the Top 100 list, inclusion in which can catapult a restaurant from obscurity to global fame. They were ranked 83 and 96 respectively last year.
“To be listed in the World’s 50 Best ranking just once was an incredible achievement; to be recognised for the second year was a surprise and perhaps luck. But the third year in a row and to move up so significantly in a global list is just enormous and means we have gained new votes from international judges as well as regional ones,” said Ajaz Shaikh, managing director for Zuma Middle East and Turkey.
The San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants, a list compiled by Restaurant Magazine through an “academy” of over 800 judges around the world, is seen as one of the definitive restaurant guides.
This year’s No 1 restaurant is Noma, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Noma has held the title for the last four years.
Zuma, a contemporary Japanese restaurant, opened in 2008 and also has locations in London and Miami (which did not make the list), while La Petite Maison began serving its Provencale dishes in 2010. Both are located at Dubai International Financial Centre.