Per Te is a relatively new Italian restaurant in the heart of Jumeirah 1. Located on a big corner block, it’s broken up into different dining sections; a cafe, a restaurant and a coffee break area with low seating lounges. They also have a retail section and display areas of all the products they sell and source from Italy, which is also the same ingredients they use to cook with.
Per Te meaning “For you” in Italian is certainly made with love. I was blown away by each and every dish to land on the table because the presentation is of an exceptional standard. But it’s not just the presentation that impressed me. Chef Glady told us the 4 essentials to every meal which leaves the kitchen; quality, quantity, taste and presentation. And it’s by this rule that Per Te excites.
From the moment the antipasti arrived on the table I knew we were in for a treat. Bursting with flavors and variety, it literally is a foodie’s heaven. You can taste the freshness and quality in every bite. My favorite from the antipasti board had to be the fresh tuna and the beef bresaola. Just superb.
Next up we tried the tuna tatar with passion fruit. Just exquisite. Soft tuna with the sour punch of passion fruit and the salty olive tapenade, my tastebuds were dancing with joy. An unlikely pairing that just works.
For mains we tried the sea bass and lamb chops as well as the truffle gnocchi and the pizza bufalina. The sweet cherry tomato salsa accompanied the fresh cooked sea bass perfectly.
The lamb chops literally melted in my mouth. So much so I thought they might have been cooked ‘sous vide’.
The truffle gnocchi is moreish and once you tried one piece, it was hard to stop eating it.
The pizza bufalina had a beautifully crisp base with the freshest quality cheese, it transported me back to Rome.
Just when I thought I couldn’t eat anymore food, the dessert arrived. It was presented so well that I didn’t want to eat it because it looked so pretty. But who am I kidding?
We got to sample the semifreddo, a chocolate lieto and a new chef creation consisting of figs, walnuts, meringue, eucalyptus honey with a stracietella cheese.
The semifreddo was such a delight. Smooth and creamy texture which was almost like ice cream. It was drizzled in a balsamic reduction, sprinkled with crushed meringue and decorated with toffee art, a sprig of mint and a fresh raspberry. Abundant in flavors.
The lieto di cioccolato resembled a chocolate tarte and made with the venchi chocolate they sell in house which is made up of 75% cocoa. Therefore I was expecting a bitter taste but was surprised at again how smooth and creamy this dessert was. The passion fruit ice cream added the right amount of sourness and contrast that really made this dessert a stand out dish.
We also tried a new dessert which has recently been created by Chef Glady. A stracciatella di bufala cheese, fig and walnut dessert which was topped with eucalyptus honey. A lot milder in flavor and more of a savoury option compared to the other two desserts.
I would have to say after this outstanding dining experience, Per Te is my favorite Italian restaurant in Dubai. It’s where food and passion come together and it shows. I cannot wait to take my visitors here.