Middle East's Best & Finest Gourmet Top Restaurants
Michelin Guide starred restaurants have been marked with *** ** * RS Bib according to their rating.
Mapped: Every Michelin-starred restaurant on Earth - The Telegraph.
THE MICHELIN GUIDE STAR & RATING SYSTEM - three stars (***) mean: "Exceptional cuisine and worth the journey"; two stars (**): "Excellent cooking and worth a detour"; one star (*): "A very good restaurant in its category"; the Bib label: "A Bib Gourmand rating means the restaurant is an inspector's favorite for good value. For $40 or less, you can enjoy two courses and a glass of wine or dessert (not including tax and gratuity)." The New SUSTAINABILITY EMBLEM (*): "Those at the forefront with their sustainable gastronomy practices are highlighted by a new symbol, with the restaurant’s vision also outlined via a quote from the chef. For other restaurants taking smaller steps to work in a greener way, there are short descriptions on their initiatives." Restaurants awarded the Rising Star (RS) means that they may be in line for a MICHELIN star, or an upgrade from one to two, or from two to three stars.
The World's 50 Best Restaurants is a list produced by UK media company William Reed Business Media, which originally appeared in the British magazine Restaurant, based on a poll of international chefs, restaurateurs, gourmands and restaurant critics. In addition to the main ranking, the organisation awards a series of special prizes for individuals and restaurants, including the One To Watch award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Chefs' Choice Award, the latter based on votes from the fifty head chefs from the restaurants on the previous year's list. Often working as a barometer of global gastronomic trends, the list showcases a variety of cuisines from all over the world. Restaurants voted 1-50 are marked with SP; the restaurants marked with sp have been voted as the world's 51-100 best restaurants based on the votes of the 837 "chefs, restaurateurs, critics and fun-loving gourmands" selected by Restaurant magazine.
The restaurants marked with NW have been chosen by 53 top chefs for Newsweek magazine's August 13, 2012 issue 101 Best Places to Eat in the World.
Wine Spectator's Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers and have been been marked WS.
5-star International Star Diamond Award Recipients selected by The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences have been marked with SDA.
The members of Les Grandes Tables du Monde association's 188 members in 25 countries on 5 continents representing the last word in gastronomy worldwide have been marked with GTM.
Established in France in 1954, Relais & Châteaux's mission is "to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character." Prospective and current members are evaluated by the group's traditional "five C" motto: Character, Courtesy, Calm, Charm and Cuisine. The members of Relais & Châteaux exclusive collection of 580 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries on 5 continents have been marked with R&C.
GOURMET RESTAURANTS BY REGION (105 countries):
- abraxas north NW (Chef: Eyal Shani). Specialty: lamb chops.
- CATIT (Chef: Meir Adoni).
- CORDELIA (Chef: Nir Zuk).
- HaBasta NW. Specialty: pumpkin carpaccio.
- Herbert Samuel Restaurant (Chef: Jonathan Roshfeld).
- KIMMEL (Chef: Shaul Ben-Aderet).
- MANTA RAY - "One of Tel Aviv\'s finest restaurants, Manta Ray also boasts perhaps the finest location in the whole of Tel Aviv, just meters from the Med."
- MUL-YAM (Chef: Yoram Nitzan). Founded in 1995.
- BAB EL MINA
- PEPE'S FISHING CLUB - in the 1960s, the Byblos Fishing Club had become a world-class destination for the decade's jet-setting glitterati.