Glamorous 1920s Chicago speakeasy restaurant Butcher & Still located in the lobby level of Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi has been named among Middle East and North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants. The brand-new ranking celebrates gastronomy, heritage and cutting-edge culinary techniques from across the region, featuring restaurants from 11 different countries with Butcher & Still entering the list at #48 in 2022.

The MENA’s first-ever list is compiled by the Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of 250 key leaders in the restaurant industry across the region, each selected for their expert opinion of Middle East and North Africa’s restaurant scenes. The Academy is divided into six regions: the Gulf; Saudi Arabia; Levant-plus; Israel, North Africa (East) and North Africa (West). Each region has its own panel of members including a chairperson to head it up. The panel is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded gourmets. For the 2022 list, each MENA Academy member voted for seven restaurants, with at least one of these located outside the country where they are based.

“Being the Restaurant Chef at Butcher & Still, I am extremely humbled and thrilled to be selected among the Middle East and North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants, and to be featured as Abu Dhabi’s only steak restaurant,” says Chef Marshall Roth. “Together with my team Sous Chef Pankaj Bisht and Pastry Chef Rasika Weerashinge, we take great pride in the classic American dining experience we offer in our 1920s Chicago-style restaurant. I would like to thank the judges for their continued support. This one-of-a-kind recognition is the best inspiration we could ever wish for to kick off a memorable year.”

About Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants

Following the success of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and the establishment of both Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2013, 50 Best launched Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants, with the awards being held in Abu Dhabi on February 7, 2022, shining a much-deserved spotlight on the region as a world-class culinary destination. The inaugural Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants event program – including the awards ceremony and unveiling of the list – provides a unique opportunity to unite chefs, gourmets, and journalists from all over the region at an emotionally charged celebration of cuisine, hospitality, passion and talent.

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