Indian restaurant Trèsind wins big in inaugural 50 Best Restaurants in the Middle East and North Africa


Straight out of college, chef Himanshu Saini took his first job in a call center to improve his English skills. “There were six rounds of interviews. I would come in and screw up,’ he said CNT in a previous interview. The chef who worked at Indian Accent in New Delhi early in his career has since focused on modern Indian cuisine. Just last night, the kitchens he runs, Trèsind and Trèsind Studio, both in Dubai, won big in the inaugural edition of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in the Middle East and Africa list. North. The restaurant also has an outpost in Mumbai’s BKC.

Trèsind Studio (#4 on the list and winner of the Art of Hospitality award) is annexed to Indian fine-dining restaurant Trèsind (#18 on the list), which opened in 2014. The studio is a concentrated version of its parent , with fewer cutlery and a tasting menu – which opened in 2018 and is considered one of the best Indian cuisine fine dining restaurants in Dubai.

The 50 Best Restaurants in the Middle East and North Africa 2022

Topping the list this year was 3 Sons, a chic and relaxed Asian restaurant with a focus on Japanese cuisine. Celebrity favorite Zumathe Japanese izakaya founded by chef Rainer Becker, took second place, followed by Raz Rahav’s Restaurant TOC in Tel Aviv, which was also named the best restaurant in Israel.

Chef Saini and the Trèsind team

Restaurants from 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa were announced as the 50 best places to eat in the region at an event in Abu Dhabi. The list includes catering establishments from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Morocco, Qatar, Bahrain and Tunisia.

A number of special awards were also presented at the ceremony, recognizing area chefs and restaurants that have made an impact on the culinary world. The Best Pastry Chef in the Middle East and North Africa 2022 has been awarded to Sahar Parham Al Awadhi and the 2022 Chef’s Choice Award was won by chef Reif Othman. Tala Bachmichef-patron of Fusions by Tala in Bahrain has been named Best Female Chef of the Middle East and North Africa 2022, Dubai’s Kinoya won the One To Watch Award 2022 and Kamal Mouzawak was chosen as the winner of the first Foodics Icon Award.

List of Top 50 Restaurants in MENA 2022

1. 3 Sons, Dubai, UAE: Best Restaurant in UAE
2. Zuma, Dubai, UAE
3. OCD Restaurant, Tel Aviv, Israel: Best restaurant in Israel
4. Tresind Studio, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Art of Hospitality Award
5. Sachi, Cairo, Egypt: Best restaurant in Egypt
6. Orfali Bros Bistro, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
7. Fakhreldin, Amman, Jordan: Best restaurant in Jordan
8. LPM Restaurant and Bar: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
9. George & John – Tel Aviv, Israel
10. Gaia – Dubai, UAE
11. Tuscan Bistro Il Borro – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
12. Baron – Beirut, Lebanon – Best restaurant in Lebanon
13. Coya – Dubai, UAE
14. Habasta – Tel Aviv, Israel
15. Myazu – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Best restaurant in Saudi Arabia
16. Reif Kushiyaki – Dubai, UAE
17. Animar – Tel Aviv, Israel
18. Tresind – Dubai, UAE
19. Kazoku – Cairo, Egypt
20. Mimi Kakushi – Dubai, UAE
21. Liza – Beirut, Lebanon
22. Em Sherif – Beirut, Lebanon
23. Lowe – Dubai, UAE – Sustainable Restaurant Award
24. Pescado – Ashdod, Israel
25. Hakkasan – Abu Dhabi, UAE
26. La Grande Table Marocaine – Marrakech, Morocco – Best Restaurant in Morocco
27. Bar 13C in the back – Amman, Jordan
28. Tawlet Mar Mikhael – Beirut, Lebanon
29. Amazonico – Dubai, UAE
30. Marble – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
31. Mirai – Manama, Bahrain – Best restaurant in Bahrain
32. Iloli – Casablanca, Morocco
33. BB Social Dining – Dubai, UAE
34. Coya – Abu Dhabi, UAE
35. Indochina – Dubai, UAE
36. Cut by Wolfgang Puck – Doha, Qatar – Best restaurant in Qatar
37. Porterhouse – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
38. Zooba – Cairo, Egypt
39. Tala Fusions – Manama, Bahrain
40. Milgo & Milbar – Tel Aviv, Israel
41. Sufra – Amman, Jordan
42. LPM Restaurant & Cafe – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
43. White Robata – Kuwait City, Kuwait – Best restaurant in Kuwait
44. Hoseki – Dubai, UAE
45. Izakaya – Cairo, Egypt
46. ​​​​La Closerie – Tunisia – Best Restaurant in Tunisia
47. Clap – Beirut, Lebanon
48. Butcher & Stil – Abu Dhabi, UAE
49. +61 – Marrakesh, Morocco
50. Tokyo – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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