DUBAI’S FIRST SOCIAL DINING AWARDS CROWNS EIGHT RESTAURANT WINNERS
Public vote for 1,400 restaurants in 2015 Restaurant Buzz Awards organised by RoundMenu and FooDiva
Dubai, UAE, 18th January 2015; Eight restaurants in Dubai have been crowned the winners of the emirate’s first social dining awards, the 2015 Restaurant Buzz Awards. Organised by two UAE start-ups, social restaurant discovery tool, RoundMenu and impartial restaurant review website, FooDiva, with the support of Commercial Bank of Dubai, the awards are based around social occasions and voted by the public through social media only.
Caption: The #RestaurantBuzzAwards team revealing the winners at the Beach Canteen on Kite Beach. From left: Ali Al Sayed, the comedian and MC; Samantha Wood, founder of FooDiva; Zaid Jawad, founder of RoundMenu; and Nader Amiri, marketing manager of RoundMenu.
The public voted for 1,400 different restaurants in Dubai from top-end dining to cheap and cheerful eats, with 12,000+ users visiting the voting site over the five-week awards period.
The best buzzing restaurant winners in each category are:
· Fine, fun dining: Zuma
· Celebrate in style meal: Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire
· Love is in the air dining: Pierchic
· Serious business dining: Mint Leaf of London
· Family sharing meal: Merletto
· Casual, cheerful catch-up: Belgian Beer Café, Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City
· Quick, healthy pit-stop: Kcal
· Hidden gems: Marta’s Kitchen
The winners were revealed at a Dubai Food Festival event at the Beach Canteen on Kite Beach last night (17th February) hosted by well-known comedian Ali Al Sayed, and with food served by Moti Roti.
“In today’s world, social proof is one of the strongest indications of sound business health. The Restaurant Buzz Awards help us go beyond just photos and reviews, adding a layer of recognition to both diners’ opinions in a transparent manner, and to the restaurants for living up to new social dining standards that customers seek out,” said Zaid Jawad, founder of RoundMenu.
“A dining experience is so subjective that whilst I have strong opinions on Dubai’s restaurant scene, it’s important to allow the public to vote for what they feel are best-in-class restaurants. Eating out is such a social activity that we themed the categories around occasions, and with voting only via social media,” said Samantha Wood, founder of FooDiva.
Visit www.restaurantbuzzawards.com for more information. Hashtag #restaurantbuzzawards.
RoundMenu (www.roundmenu.com), the social restaurant discovery start-up founded in 2010 in the UAE is present in eight destinations; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, the Northern Emirates, Riyadh, Doha, Beirut, Cairo and Singapore. Its core values encompass a sense of community amongst diners, focusing on their convenience and emotions to deliver intuitive social solutions.
FooDiva (www.foodiva.net) was launched in 2011 by British-Greek-Cypriot and long-time Dubai resident Samantha Wood, a freelance food/ travel writer and communications consultant. The online resource shares impartial and intelligent restaurant reviews across the UAE, food features and events, celebrity chef interviews and culinary travel. In less than four years, FooDiva has scooped five awards, and most recently has launched dine around experiences in Dubai. Samantha herself is a regular speaker, presenter and awards judge on her favourite subjects – food, restaurants, hotels, travel and social media including a guest segment on CNN Go’s Dubai travel episode.