Dubai's Zuma and LPM make world's top 100
The World's Best 50 Restaurants list was announced last week, and while no Middle East-based restaurant made the top 50, both Zuma Dubai and La Petite Maison were the only two restaurants in the region to be listed in the top 100, at 89 and 99 respectively.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Zuma Dubai has featured in the ranking and marks the fourth appearance for fellow DIFC-based venue La Petite Maison, following its initial entry in 2012 at 96.
Compared with last year, Zuma has moved down one place from 88, and La Petite Maison has re-entered, having last won a place on the list in 2014.
Zuma global managing director Ajaz Sheikh congratulated the venue and told Caterer Middle East that the Zuma Dubai team consistently does an "outstanding job".
He added: "Being placed in the World’s 50 Best ranking is an incredible achievement, but to earn a place for five consecutive years is sensational. I am incredibly proud of the entire Zuma family.”
Asked about the achievement, La Petite Maison Dubai general manager Antoine Jaillet said: “We are extremely honoured and humbled to be recognised once again by such an esteemed group of industry leaders and win a spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list."
La Petite Maison Dubai head chef Rory Duncan added: “The world ranking is a great achievement indeed and we owe it all to our dedicated team.”
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, are widely respected as a credible indicator of the best places to eat globally, based on quality of food, service, surroundings and atmosphere.
Now in its 14th edition, the awards recognise 100 restaurants as the world’s best as determined by the votes of 1,000 industry experts, including food writers, chefs and restaurateurs, who comprise The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.
The academy is made up of 27 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members who can cast seven votes each. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognise restaurants outside of the member’s own region.
Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months.
This year’s 51-100 list includes restaurants from 21 countries across six continents, with 15 restaurants celebrating their debut on the list.
The full line up will be revealed on June 13 at the awards ceremony in New York.