The Black Hat Guide - - NEWS -

You hold in your hands the fourth edi­tion of The Black Hat Guide, the UAE’s first fully rated restau­rant guide from the UAE’s best-sell­ing en­ter­tain­ment mag­a­zine, What’s On.

Com­pil­ing its 194 pages has been a marathon for the What’s On team. But, whereas most marathons in­volve run­ning, sweat, blis­ters and pain, this meal-based marathon was more of a skip though a grassy meadow filled with flow­ers, rain­bows and golden uni­corns. What a plea­sure it is to eat out in Dubai th­ese days. The city is crammed with restau­rants and the vast ma­jor­ity of them are pretty darn good. Ex­cit­ing, beau­ti­ful, quirky, ro­man­tic and ex­otic new restau­rants open ev­ery week and we’re there first to try them out, hold­ing a fork (or chop­sticks) in one hand and a pen in the other.

This year has seen a few trends emerge. Peru­vian cui­sine is def­i­nitely hav­ing a mo­ment. Our love af­fair with burg­ers con­tin­ues – ac­tu­ally, we’d say it’s turn­ing into more of an ob­ses­sion. Pop up restau­rants are grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, as are food trucks. The phrase ‘shar­ing con­cept’ is be­ing said a lot in dining rooms too. And break­fast, well, break­fast is just so hot right now. Ev­ery­thing you can eat in Dubai is con­tained in the fol­low­ing pages of your shiny new edi­tion of The Black Hat Guide.

Our rat­ing sys­tem is ex­plained over the page. Just bear in mind, a hat is a hat, and a white or a shaded hat means just as much in its price cat­e­gory as the cov­eted black hat does. Also re­mem­ber, if a restau­rant doesn’t have a hat, it doesn’t mean it’s not good – it’s just not quite there yet.

So, please, read on – and dig in.

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