The upscale Italian restaurant currently boasts two Michelin stars, and will open in DIFC later this year…

There’s no shortage of top chefs and restaurants calling Dubai’s DIFC home. As well as stalwarts Zuma, Roberto’s and Le Petit Maison, there’s some serious new contenders for the city’s culinary top spot from the likes of Beefbar, Mina Brasserie, and most recently, Crab Market.

But we’re about to get a new serving of culinary excellence as the two Michelin star Marea is set to open its doors in DIFC later this year. With a projected opening in September, the New York export will serve up high-end Italian cuisine from it’s new home in the financial heart of the city.

Although we’ve not been given any indication as to what the restaurant will look like, if it’s anything like it’s American counterpart, we’re expecting white tablecloths, dimly lit lighting, and some dramatic artworks.

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The menu will be masterminded by Chef Michael White, who’s also behind Marea’s menu in New York.

Atelier House, the hospitality group behind the restaurant, advertises that ‘the menu will read like a map of the sea, allowing guests to experience a variety of dishe’. So we’re expecting a heavily seafood influenced menu of Italian dishes, prepared with Michelin precision.

It’s the second of two concepts that Atelier House Hospitality are bringing to the city. Firstly, the group will set up a new concept in Dubai Design District. The homegrown concept called Mohalla, will start serving up casual, home cooked Indian street food when it opens in July.

A third concept by the new hospitality company will also open in Riyadh.

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