Indochine Dubai, the first and only international outpost of the legendary New York City restaurant, has been named among the region’s best eateries this year. The renowned French-Vietnamese hotspot got a nod during the inaugural edition of Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) 50 Best Restaurants. Indochine Dubai got a number 35 ranking, which was celebrated during an awards show at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. The awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, recognise the hard work from the region’s F&B sector and aim to inspire hospitality venues in it.
“We are extremely proud to have ranked at number 35 and super happy to see a region-specific list by 50 Best, formally recognising the MENA’s innovative, diverse and rapidly evolving gastronomic offering,” said Khalil Dahmash and Varun Khemaney, Founders of VKD Hospitality, the group behind Indochine Dubai. “This is a huge development for the region’s culinary industry and we feel immensely privileged to be a part of it.”
About Indochine Dubai
Located in DIFC, Indochine is a must-try for Dubai’s fashionable dining pack and epicureans looking for an outstanding dining experience. Serving a carefully curated menu of French-Vietnamese dishes and a wide array of cocktails, it is a perfect place for dinner and drinks or a leisurely lunch during the week.
Some of the signature favourites from the eatery that opened its first doors in New York back in 1984 include the Pomelo Salad, Vietnamese Ravioli, Caramel Black Cod andTyphoon Shelter Prawn. Meanwhile, for guests who want to choose from the cocktails menu, the Indochine Martini or the Perfume River are some of the most popular choices.
Echoing the tropical aesthetic of the New York flagship restaurant, Indochine’s interiors feature the iconic ‘Martinique’ wallpaper, a gorgeous main dining room filled with decorative colonial furniture and tropical palm trees. The standout emerald-green leather booths, located in front of a sultry bar, also make it a décor lover’s haven.
During good weather, there’s a stylish outdoor terrace featuring the restaurant’s trademark tropical style, including a leafy canopy that offers the ideal spot for al fresco dining. The oasis can be reserved for large groups or private events, making it the ideal setting for groups as well as more intimate affairs.
The First MENA Awards
The United Arab Emirates is the most successful country on the first regional 50 Best Restaurants list, with an impressive 19 restaurants ranked. This includes winner of The Best Restaurant in MENA title, 3 Fils in Dubai. Lebanon and Saudi Arabia nabbed five wins each. Beirut’s Baron, named The Best Restaurant in Lebanon, came in at number 12, while Riyadh’s Myazu, ranked 15th, was the winner of The Best Restaurant in Saudi Arabia. Egypt also did well, with four restaurants featured in the ranking, including Sachi. Landing at number five, it was deemed The Best Restaurant in Egypt. Amman’s Fakhreldin was also placed in the top 10 and was named The Best Restaurant in Jordan.