This is big news for foodies.

Like chemistry? Like food? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then you’ll like a just-announced new restaurant coming to Dubai.

Renowned British chef Heston Blumenthal is opening his first restaurant in the region, which will launch on the Palm Jumeirah in 2019.

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will be housed at the currently-under-construction The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, and it’ll be the chef’s third iteration under that name (joining branches in London and Melbourne).

The restaurant will include a dedicated bar, two outside terraces and a private dining room and, as to be expected from a chef who rose to fame with his experimental approach to cooking, the dishes will be quite the talking point.


The menu features modern plates inspired by historic gastronomic recipes dating back to the 1300s, according to a press release, and the restaurant’s UK and Australian outposts have both got plenty of awards under their belt.

Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences

“I am truly excited about opening in this incredible location,” said Michelin-starred Blumenthal.

“It is not often that an opportunity in such a perfect space comes along. The backdrop is outstanding and the views of the Dubai skyline over the Arabian Gulf are quite unique.”

The concept behind Dinner stems from the 1990s, when the chef read a 15-century manuscript filled with theatrical ingredients, recipes and dining experiences.

The London location, which opened in 2011, includes dishes such as salmon cured in Earl Grey, spiced squab pigeon and brown bread ice cream.

The Dubai restaurant will join The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences’ 231 luxury apartments, as well as 795 room and suites, which are being built next to Atlantis, The Palm.

The Tetris-like tower will also feature other dining concepts, which are yet to be revealed, plus more than 90 swimming pools in total (many of which will be connected to the residences).

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For guests, there’ll be a rooftop infinity pool suspended 90 metres above the Palm (so yes, we’re already planning a staycay).

Opening dates for Dinner by Heston and the Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences haven’t yet been confirmed, but we’ll let you know when we have them.

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Images: Supplied, Heston Blumenthal/Instagram