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.