The second JLT Restaurant Awards are over and we would like to thank all our partners, sponsors, and participating restaurants for helping us to put on another phenomenally successful event!
The #JLTdiningAwards2018 were bigger and better than the inaugural event in 2017, but the underlying mission remained the same: The Awards aimed to showcase the variety and quality of the eateries in this Dubai neighbourhood – nowhere else can you find this many different restaurants in one area – and wanted to recognise the passion, sweat, and efforts put in by the many independent restaurants in JLT.
We were also curious
to see which restaurants are most popular in 2018 among JLTians – residents,
office workers, and visitors in JLT, the DMCC regulated free zone in the heart
of new Dubai.
2018 JLT Restaurant Awards facts:
|Best Overall||Best Newcomer|
|Winner: Couqley French Bistro and Bar||Winner: Vietnamese Foodies|
|Runner-Up: Wokyo||Runner-Up: El Mostacho|
|Best Brunch||Best Service||Best Bar|
|Winner: McGettigan’s JLT||Winner: Ananda Bhavan||Winner: Couqley French Bistro and Bar|
|Runner-Up: Friends Avenue Cafe||Runner-Up: Own Cafe||Runner-Up: McGettigan’s JLT|
|Best Café||Best Chinese||Best European (Licensed)|
|Winner: Own Cafe||Winner: Asian Wok||Winner: Manzoni Bistro & Bar|
|Runner-Up: La Cantina||Runner-Up: Wokyo||Runner-Up: Mythos|
|Best European (Unlicensed)||Best Healthy||Best Middle Eastern|
|Winner: Greek & Delicious (formerly Labbys The Hellenic House)||Winner: Hayz – Healthy & Yummie Zone||Winner: Bait Maryam|
|Runner-Up: Favourite Choice||Runner-Up: Poke and Co.||Runner-Up: Mezza Lebanese Kitchen|
|Best Indian||Best Pizza||Best South Asian|
|Winner: 800Thali||Winner: Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria Dubai||Winner: Little Lahore|
|Runner-Up: Sagar Ratna||Runner-Up: Pitfire Pizza Dubai||Runner-Up: Unforgettable Biryani|
|Best South East Asian||Best Street Food||Best Sweet Tooth||JLT Hidden Gem|
|Winner: Betawi Cafe||Winner: Wokyo||Winner: Il Donaccino||Winner: Golositalia|
|Runner-Up: Vietnamese Foodies||Runner-Up: Café Isan||Runner-Up: The Cake Lab||Runner-Up: Sagar Ratna|
Founder’s Awards 2018:
Cold Stone Creamery, Ina Kubler, Saleem Suleman, Courtney Brandt, Chef Tomas Reger, Foodsheikh Media, Charles Russell Speechlys, Lanjaron Arabia, Hershal Ghambir, Ravneet Arora, sps:affinity, sps:digital, sps:pr, Blossom Tree Flower Shop, Localyser, Foodiva, Liquid of Life, Vogue Interior Decoration L.L.C., Fruitful Day, Hala Kiwi, Make My Meal, Stylextend, Body Time, and Geordie Armani.
We also like to thank our expert judges: Courtney Brandt, Tomas Reger, Jane Nedanoski, and Hershal Ghambir.
Last but not least, a big thank you to the team at the Nara Pan-Asian Restaurant, the gracious hosts of the awards ceremony!
Planning for the JLT Restaurant Awards 2019 has already started and you can find out more about the 2019 edition of the Awards here.