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It’s a Wrap! The Inaugural JLT Restaurant Awards Conclude with a Glitzy Ceremony Attended by a Capacity Crowd

The 2017 JLT Restaurant Awards concluded with a glitzy ceremony and a capacity crowd witnessed the big reveal of the winners and runner-ups of the 19 categories in Dubai’s first hyper-local F&B awards.


Dubai, UAE (PRURGENT) -- On Monday, 27th November 2017, the five-star Bonnington Hotel in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers neighbourhood, played host to the gala ceremony marking the end of the inaugural JLT Restaurant Awards. The event, which saw the winners and runner-up of the Award’s 19 categories announced by the well known MC and actor Regan Tetlow, was attended by 100 local restaurateurs, F&B professionals, and foodies.

Dubai’s first ever hyper-local F&B awards attracted 74 nominations across 19 categories and recorded almost 8,000 online votes for the 16 publicly voted categories, which ranged from “Best North Indian” to “Best Café”, “Best Middle Eastern”, and “Best Brunch”. Three additional categories, “Most Unique Concept”, “Best Newcomer”, and “Best Overall”, were judged by an expert panel of industry insiders consisting of Martin Kubler, CEO, sps:affinity; Andreas Mensch, Executive Chef, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach; Samantha Wood, Founder, FooDiva; and Richard Stratton, JLT Resident and Radio Presenter, Dubai 92.

Notable winners were: Bait Maryam for Best Middle Eastern and Best Overall, Le Petit Belge for Best Newcomer, McGettigan’s JLT for Best Bar, and Couqley French Bistro & Bar for Best European (Licensed).

Among the other prominent winners were:
Best North Indian: Chawlas2
Best Brunch: Little Lahore
Best Street Food: Ayubowan
Best South East Asian: Betawi Café
Best American-Style Pizza: Pitfire Pizza Dubai
Best European (Unlicensed): Labbys The Hellenic House
Best Café: Own Café

The list of all winners and runner-ups is available at

“Congratulation to all winners and runner-ups and a big thank you to everyone who participated and helped us to make the inaugural JLT Restaurant Awards phenomenally successful”, says JLT Dining’s Chief Munch Officer Ina Kubler, and continues “Although, there could only be one winner and one runner-up for each of the 19 categories, everyone who took part in the awards is a winner! Together, we put JLT’s burgeoning food scene on the map, created awareness, and – most importantly – forged connections and friendships between local restaurateurs, hospitality professionals, and foodies.”

The ceremony attracted a number of high-profile guests incl. Vishal Pandey, the founder of the Middle East Food Forum, and Chef Tomas Reger, who presented the awards for the “Best Eurpean (Unlicensed)” category.

The awards will take place again in 2018 and the details and provisional timeline are available at

The awards were supported by a number of technical partners and sponsors including law firm Bird & Bird as legal partner, JLT-based Blossom Tree Flower Shop as official flower supplier, and FoodSheikh Media as official media partner. The awards are also supported by Ankur Trading & Aroma Indian Basmati Rice, Public Café, Pitfire Pizza, Localyser, Liquid of Life, Indo Indo, Betawi Café, Wolf & Friends Lounge, Servicexcellence, and DNA1 Films.

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