An enticing new F&B concept, Rüya – meaning dream in Turkish – explores the rich history of Anatolian food led by Executive Chef Colin Clague. The space, designed by Conran and Partners, presents a vibrant restaurant, lounge and bar featuring traditional Turkish design reinterpreted alongside modern details. The meeting of eastern and western cultures, from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires to present day, are reflected through an eclectic palette of materials, patterns, textures and colours. Candle-lit corners accompany faded Arabic rugs and chic modern furniture, resulting in a casual, romantic atmosphere. The expansive open kitchen encourages sociability and acts as a focal point, while the outdoor terrace backs on to Dubai’s marina. The brainchild of the people behind Coya, La Petite Maison, and Zuma, Rüya aims to turn ageold ideas upside down, resulting in passion- and personality-filled culinary creations.
Judges commented: “Rüya presents a holistic design solution with carefully curated FF&E, complete with a subtle nod to Turkish cuisine. It is the overall package, with the terraced area acting as the stand out feature.”