Watch MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 live HERE on 30 January

Giulia Sgarbi - 20/01/2023

Anticipation is high: Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, is returning to Abu Dhabi to announce its second edition on Monday, 30th January from 20:20 local time. Flip through the digital programme for a taste of what’s to come and discover below how you can watch the action unfold live on 50 Best’s digital channels, no matter where you are in the world

If the first edition of Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants, revealed in early February 2022, began to uncover the potential of this magnific culinary region, then prepare for the 2023 edition to be even bigger and better. 50 Best is returning to Abu Dhabi for almost a week of unforgettable dining experiences, recognition for the region’s top eateries, thought-provoking conversations and everything in between. Ranging from brand-new events you can still grab a ticket for to the unmissable awards ceremony that is livestreamed globally, there are myriad ways to participate in the action.

Make sure you browse the MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 digital programme and keep it on hand for a summary of what’s to come, then scroll down for the last few bookings, the livestreams and how can you tune in to the other events.


Chefs Kawate, Alajmo and Bashmi will each cook at an unmissable gastronomic experience for one night only

From Friday 27th January through to Wednesday 1st February, Abu Dhabi will play host to some of the world’s top chefs as they descend on the city for an unmissable series of show-stopping dinners, delightful afternoon teas and an exciting evening brunch.

Prepare for your tastebuds to be amazed as chefs of the calibre of Massimiliano Alajmo (Le Calandre, No.10 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022), Tala Bashmi (Middle East & North Africa’s Best Female Chef 2022) and Hiroyasu Kawate (Florilège, No.3 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022) collaborate with local talent to create one-off dining experiences that will expand your culinary horizons.

There are just a few tickets left, so check the article with all the details to grab yours while you still can. Or if they are already gone, follow the live highlights from the Flavours of 50 Best brunch on @TheWorlds50Best Instagram (Saturday 28th January, 18:30 Abu Dhabi / 14:30 London).


Sunday, 29th January – 15:30 Abu Dhabi (11:30 London)

Luxury has always been a central theme in the conversation around hospitality and fine dining – but in recent years its meaning has drastically changed. Join speakers Mauro Colagreco (Mirazur, The World’s Best Restaurants 2019), Anissa Helou (winner of the Foodics Icon Award 2023), Akmal Anuar (chef-restaurateur, White Rice Co), and Qais Malhas and Maha Dahmash (chef and founder respectively, Shams El Balad) at this thought-leadership event held at the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, which will be replete with interactive moments, food tastings and exclusive interviews. Highlights will also be available on @TheWorlds50Best Instagram and Twitter.


Monday, 30th January – 20:20 Abu Dhabi (16:20 London)

The official livestream of the MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023’s gala will be available on both YouTube and Facebook, with live highlights from the red carpet and reception available from 18:30 local time on @TheWorlds50Best Instagram. Tune in to see the unveiling of the latest ranking as it happens, including the countdown from No.50 to No.1, the announcement of several special awards and inspirational videos from chefs in the region – and have your notepad ready, because these will be the hottest spots to hit up in 2023. Will super-casual, no-reservations local restaurant 3 Fils in Dubai keep the top spot this year, or will there be a new No.1?

The ranking is voted by a body formed of 250 restaurant experts in the region, known as the Academy. Each member casts seven votes for those that are – in their expert opinion – the best dining experiences in the MENA region. The list is the result of a simple computation of their votes. Read more about the voting process here.

Special awards to be announced on the night include Middle East & North Africa’s Best Pastry Chef, sponsored by Valrhona; the Highest New Entry Award, sponsored by Aspire Lifestyles; the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Arla Pro; and the Estrella Damm N.A. Chefs' Choice Award, among others.


Shortly after the list is revealed, be sure to check out @TheWorlds50Best Instagram for a live, exclusive interview with the team behind Middle East & North Africa’s newly crowned No.1 restaurant. And if you still haven’t heard enough from the winner, an official press conference for media and the public will be livestreamed on YouTube shortly after.


Welcome Event

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MENA's culinary community will be reunited at the Welcome Event

A special seaside brunch at Em Sherif Café will kick off the MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 official celebrations. A feast of meze and signature fatteh will be accompanied by live music and flowing cocktails and mocktails.

Follow the highlights on @TheWorlds50Best Instagram.

Chefs’ Feast

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Anticipation will build as chefs bond over local dishes the night before the awards ceremony

The night before the awards ceremony, chefs from across the Middle East and North Africa will reunite at The Abu Dhabi Edition for an evening of delicious local gastronomy, festivities and great anticipation.

Follow the action, the dishes and the desserts on @TheWorlds50Best Instagram.

The upcoming edition of Middle East & North Africa's 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, will be announced on Monday, 30th January 2023 in Abu Dhabi. To be the first to hear about the latest news and announcements, browse the website, follow us on Instagram, find us on Facebook, visit us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.