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Tasca by José Avillez earns first star in Dubai’s debut Michelin guide

Tasca by José Avillez earns first star in Dubai’s debut Michelin guide

Chef Jose Avillez © Jose Avillez

Tasca by José Avillez, the signature Portuguese restaurant of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, has been distinguished with a Michelin star in the food guide’s inaugural Dubai edition. 

“We are very proud and honoured that Tasca has received a Michelin star in the inaugural Michelin Guide Dubai 2022. What makes this recognition even more special is being part of Michelin Guide's debut in the UAE and the region. I would like to sincerely thank the Michelin Guide for their trust and I’m grateful to chef José Barroso, Head Chef at Tasca, Sérgio Machado, General Manager of Tasca, and the entire Tasca team for their dedication, passion and commitment to delivering a noteworthy dining experience.” commented Chef José Avillez.

"Bulhão pato" clams © Tasca

He added: “This is also an incredible achievement for Portuguese cuisine. Dubai is currently the epicentre of the world’s dining scene and being able to offer a taste of Portugal in this cosmopolitan city is an absolute joy and source of pride. I am very proud, on many levels”. 

The Michelin Guide, which attributes these prestigious distinctions, frequently referred to as the “culinary Oscars”, uses a well-known system of stars to rate the world’s best restaurants and hotels. There are five criteria according to which the restaurants are evaluated: quality of ingredients, skill in the preparation, culinary personality, value for money and consistency. One Michelin Star is awarded for high quality cooking. 

“To be featured in Dubai’s very first Michelin Guide is a fantastic achievement, but to be awarded a Michelin star is an honour and great privilege, especially in a city where the culinary scene is highly diverse, dynamic and competitive. Congratulations to Chef José Avillez and the Tasca team on this incredible and well-deserved recognition. We will continue to surprise and delight our guests’ taste buds with a memorable Portuguese dining experience.” said Werner Anzinger, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai.

Scarlet shrip

Scarlet shrip © Tasca

Tasca by José Avillez takes inspiration from a traditional Portuguese eatery, “tasca”, serving genuine food and drinks but with a contemporary twist. With a menu based on a sharing concept, the award-winning venue takes guests on a culinary journey across the rich and varied country. Dishes include a modern take on a range of Portuguese classics from both the sea and the land, such as Scarlet Shrimp, “Bulhão Pato” clams, Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá, Piri Piri chicken with smoked avocado cream, “Pica Pau” pan-fried, Grilled lobster, and many others. 

Complementing the menu is a wine list with the largest selection of Portuguese wines available in Dubai as well as a tempting array of craft cocktails. With spectacular views overlooking Dubai’s glittering skyline on one side and the Arabian Gulf on the other, the restaurant offers both indoor seating and outdoor terrace dining complete with an infinity pool overlooking the Gulf. 

Tasca is open for lunch from 12 to 3.30pm and dinner from 6.30 to 11:30pm. For reservations, please contact +971 4 777 2231 or visit mandarinoriental.com/tasca

Tasca by José Avillez

Tasca by José Avillez © Tasca

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