Three Moroccan restaurants are among the 50 best restaurants in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This is what emerges from the very first ranking of the 50 Best for the region, unveiled on Monday February 7 in Abu Dhabi.
The first-ever ranking of the 50 Best MENA was compiled following the vote of 250 “key leaders of the restaurant sector in the region”. Restaurants from 11 countries were voted among the top 50 gastronomic destinations in the region at an event organized in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism, in Abu Dhabi last Monday. 3 Fils, a casual contemporary restaurant located in Dubai’s historic Jumeirah fishing port, tops the chart. He is followed by Zuma (Dubai). The OCD restaurant in Raz (Tel Aviv) completes the top 3.
With 19 restaurants, the United Arab Emirates dominates the top 50 Best MENA. They are followed by Israel (six restaurants), two of which are in the top 10: OCD Restaurant (3ᵉ) and George & John (9ᵉ), Lebanon and Saudi Arabia (five restaurants each) and Egypt (four restaurants ). Morocco is also well represented with three restaurants: La Grande Table Marocaine (Marrakech, 26ᵉ), Iloli (Casablanca, 32nd) and +61 (Marrakech, 49ᵉ). The Tokyo restaurant (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) closes the step of the podium.
“It is a great honor to announce that 3 Sons has risen to No. 1 on the inaugural list of Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants. This is a brilliantly run local restaurant loved by local residents and visitors alike. This hidden gem prides itself on elevating every dining experience with a sense of comfort, discovery and a shared love of food,” said William Drew, Chief Content Officer of MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants.