Orfali Bros Bistro scoops MENA’s Best Restaurant 2023

The Syrian brothers’ restaurant bagged the No. 1 spot at the award ceremony last night.

The biggest culinary award show of the Middle East & North Africa welcomed the crème de la crème of the hospitality industry at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers last night.

Celebrating the second edition of Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, restaurants from across 14 cities were announced as the 50 best places to eat in the region.

Hosted in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, Orfali Bros Bistro took the No. 1 spot as MENA’s Best Restaurant.

Orfali Bros Bistro is an unlicensed gastronomic bistro located in Dubai’s buzzing Wasl 51 neighbourhood. It was founded in 2021 by three Syrian brothers, Mohammad, Wassim and Omar Orfali.

The menu features dishes with a core Middle Eastern theme paying homage to the brothers’ Aleppian roots, while capturing the multiculturalism and avant-garde spirit of Dubai.

Led by head chef Mohammad Orfali, Orfali Bros Bistro’s Croquettes, Shish Barak à la Gyoza and Corn Bomb all serve to push the boundaries of culinary creativity, ensuring a thrilling dining experience.

Brothers Wassim and Omar are both top-level pastry chefs and work from an elevated pastry kitchen that overlooks the main dining room.

One of the most distinctive restaurants in the UAE, Orfali Bros Bristro has now earned the highly coveted ranking as the best restaurant in the MENA region.

The fine dining Indian restaurant Trèsind Studio at The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, headed by chef Himanshu Saini, claims the second spot followed by Fusions by Tala in Manama at No. 3.

Here’s a complete list of all the winners of MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023:

  1. Orfali Bros Bistro – Dubai
  2. Tresind Studio – Dubai
  3. Fusions by Tala – Manama
  4. Ossiano – Dubai
  5. 3 Fils – Dubai
  6. George & John – Tel Aviv
  7. Kinoya – Dubai
  8. Fakhreldin – Amman
  9. Zooba (Zamalek) – Cairo
  10. Moonrise – Dubai
  11. Reif Kushiyaki – Dubai
  12. Kazoku – Cairo
  13. Zuma Dubai – Dubai
  14. OCD Restaurant – Tel Aviv
  15. Lowe – Dubai
  16. Baron – Beirut
  17. Gaia – Dubai
  18. Myazu – Riyadh
  19. Tawlet Mar Mikhael – Beirut
  20. Em Sherif – Beirut
  21. LPM Dubai – Dubai
  22. Sachi Giza – Giza
  23. Marble – Riyadh
  24. A by Yuval Ben Neriah – Tel Aviv
  25. Cut by Wolfgang Puck – Manama
  26. Hoseki – Dubai
  27. La Grande Table Marocaine – Marrakech
  28. COYA Dubai – Dubai
  29. Shams El Balad – Amman
  30. Sachi Cairo – Cairo
  31. Masso – Manama
  32. Animar – Tel Aviv
  33. COYA Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi
  34. La Closerie – Tunis
  35. 11 Woodfire – Dubai
  36. Sufra – Amman
  37. Iloli – Casablanca
  38. LPM Riyadh – Riyadh
  39. Sesamo – Marrakech
  40. Milgo & Milbar – Tel Aviv
  41. Alee – Amman
  42. White Robata – Kuwait City
  43. Zuma Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi
  44. Jun’s – Dubai
  45. Reif Kushiyaki Cairo – Cairo
  46. +61 – Marrakech
  47. 13C Bar in the Back – Amman
  48. HaBasta – Tel Aviv
  49. Hakkasan – Abu Dhabi
  50. Bonjiri – Salmiya

MENA’s 50 Best Restaurants provides a unique opportunity for chefs, gourmets and food and travel media from all over the region to gather and celebrate food and hospitality, while also promoting the culinary strength and diversity of the region to a global audience.


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Shaheera Anwar

Hungover on her love for Middle East, Shaheera is back on the UAE soil. But this time, it’s the capital that has caught her attention. When she’s not writing or overthinking life, Shaheera likes to laze around with her family, catch up on Netflix and scroll away on Twitter. She’s also a millennial trying to learn the ropes of TikTok in the hopes of going viral someday – the good kinda viral *fingers crossed* She tweets @ShaheeraAnwar