Dubai’s food scene is exploding with fine-dining establishments— some of them with global laurels—serving diverse and innovative cuisines from around the world. For Travel+Leisure India & South Asia’s latest digital cover, we speak to chef Himanshu Saini and chef Neha Mishra– two Indian chefs who have stormed this market with their unique styles.
Al Barsha for street food, Dubai Marina for a luxe global affair, and Al Deira and Bur Dubai for Lebanese and Arabic dishes are the suggestions by locals when I enquire about where to go for good food in Dubai. To help me choose, I turn to chef Himanshu Saini of Trèsind Studio and chef Neha Mishra of Kinoya, Travel+Leisure India & South Asia’s latest digital cover stars.
With a culinary journey backed by struggles and hurdles, India-born chefs Himanshu Saini and Neha Mishra stormed into the Dubai food scene with gusto. While Trèsind Studio is a 20-seater space that serves an Indian degustation menu split region-wise, Kinoya offers Japanese fine dining creations in an informal izakaya setting divided into rooms. Both restaurants have been featured on Middle East and North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants lists–Trèsind Studio clinched number two on Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023, while Kinoya came came in seventh. The two restaurants have also earned the coveted Michelin title: a Michelin Bib Gourmand for Kinoya in 2022; and two Michelin Stars–in 2022 and 2023–for Trèsind Studio.
Despite these titles, the two chefs remain grounded and focused on their main mission: to revolutionise Dubai’s dining scene. In fact, chefs Himanshu Saini and Neha Mishra eye the Emirate as the next big food destination, where a melting pot of flavours, cultures, and cuisines await. Add to this a plethora of home-grown dining options that have increasingly found a spot on every global gourmand’s bucket list.
In a conversation with the two digital cover stars, Travel+Leisure India & South Asia finds out more about their individual journeys, favourites, and more.