The Levantine restaurant is a firm favourite on the JLT dining scene…

Salam Dakkak, the chef and owner of the Levantine restaurant Bait Maryam, has been named by World’s 50 Best as the Middle East & North Africa’s (MENA) best female chef of 2023. The Michelin Guide listed restaurant is known for its authentic flavours and home-style cooking and has won a legion of fans since opening in JLT in 2017.

The MENA 50 Best Restaurants was first unveiled in January 2021, and is gearing up to unveil its second annual list in January 2023. But alongside announcing the region’s top restaurants, it accolades chefs and restauranteurs, further promoting the culinary strength of the MENA region. The glittering awards ceremony is set to take place in Abu Dhabi on January 30, 2023.

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More about Salam Dakkak

Chef and owner Salam Dakkak was a former teacher before she became a renowned chef and owner of her restaurant Bait Maryam, which was named after her mother. This locally renowned eatery pays tribute to her mother through it’s home style cooking, curating Levantine dishes which are inspired from authentic recipes that have passed through generations of the family.

The top chef sources ingredients from all over the region in order to retain the true flavours of all the dishes she grew up with during her childhood in Jordan. She places strong emphasis on distinctive spices and high quality produce, always adding her passion and love to every dish.

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One of her signature dishes, Fatet Musakhan, consists of shredded chicken that has been cooked with onion, sumac and topped with a garlic yogurt and fried bread. Additionally Maryam Fukhara, consists of fried kebbe with pomegranate molasses and tamarind sauce. All her dishes are perfect for sharing with your loved ones, in classic family style.


Located in Jumeirah Lake Tower’s this venue embodies Arab hospitality, acting as a place where individuals from all communities can come and experience family-style Levantine cuisine in a relaxed and cosy space.

Make sure to stop by this award winning neighbourhood restaurant for the a real taste and feel of the Levant.

Bait Maryam, Cluster D, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai, 10am to 11pm daily, Tel: (0)4 241 8447. @bait.maryam