Giannino rogue chef tirade, Dubai’s restaurant scene comes of age

If this week’s high-profile spat between Dubai-based food blogger FooDiva and hot-headed Italian chef Andrea Brambilla has done one thing, it’s shown me how far Dubai’s restaurant scene has come in the past decade. When I started writing restaurant reviews in Dubai 13 years ago, my editor gave me strict instructions: “You can’t write a bad review. If you want to say something negative, say two positive things before it and two positive things after it. Always start and finish on a positive note. If the restaurant is so bad you can’t think of anything nice to say, don’t write anything at all.”

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