And the #RestaurantBuzzAwards winners are…

#RestaurantBuzzAwards team

The #RestaurantBuzzAwards team revealing the winners at the Beach Canteen. L to R: Ali Al Sayed, comedian; Moi (yes a rare photo of me on this site!); Zaid Jawad, founder of RoundMenu; and Nader Amiri, marketing manager of RoundMenu.

A dining experience is so subjective that whilst I have strong opinions on Dubai’s restaurant scene, it’s important to allow you to voice what you feel are best-in-class restaurants. Hence the rationale behind Dubai’s first social dining awards, the 2015 #RestaurantBuzzAwards that FooDiva organised with RoundMenu (and the support of Commercial Bank of Dubai). Eating out is such a social activity that we themed the categories around occasions, and with voting only via social media.

You voted for 1,400 different restaurants in Dubai, from top-end dining to cheap and cheerful eats, with 12,000+ users visiting the voting site over the five-week awards period.

So voila, according to you, the best buzzing restaurants in Dubai across eight categories are…

  • Fine, fun dining: Zuma
  • Celebrate in style meal: Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire
  • Love is in the air dining: Pierchic
  • Serious business dining: Mint Leaf of London
  • Family sharing meal: Merletto
  • Casual, cheerful catch-up: Belgian Beer Café, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City
  • Quick, healthy pit-stop: Kcal
  • Hidden gems: Marta’s Kitchen

The winners were revealed at a Dubai Food Festival event at the Beach Canteen on Kite Beach last night hosted by well-known comedian Ali Al Sayed – with food served by Moti Roti.

Given how much I believe in transparency, it wouldn’t be fair if I did not share who I voted for 😉

FooDiva votes #RestaurantBuzzAwards

So did you vote? Do you agree or disagree with the winning restaurants? Or my votes for that matter ;).

Any feedback to help us fine tune the awards for next year is very welcome…and perhaps we’ll also extend to Abu Dhabi.

A bientôt.

FooDiva. x

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4 Responses to “And the #RestaurantBuzzAwards winners are…”

  1. Sadia @ Nomsville February 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    A lot of deserving winners, only surprised about Kcal, while the concept is good, the taste just doesn’t live up, in my opinion. Very few menu items worth ordering.

    • FooDiva February 21, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      I must admit I have never tried Kcal so can’t really comment on that win Sadia.

  2. Louise February 18, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I have to agree with you on Qbara, really love that place!
    Is there a place where I can find the names of all the nominees?

    • FooDiva February 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      My all-time favourite restaurant in Dubai Louise 🙂 There were no nominees – the public could vote for any restaurant in Dubai!

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