The second and newest branch of Per Te is located in Bay Avenue (not to be confused with Bay Square) in the Business Bay area. Chef Glady was back in the kitchen and you could tell from the beautifully presented dishes which arrived on our wooden table.
The same principle which sets Per Te apart from other Italian restaurants shines through. Quality, quantity, taste and presentation.
First up we started with coffee. Two lattes served with fresh croissants from the oven. My friend and I both agreed these were the best tasting croissants we have had in our lives. Baked fresh in-house every few hours.
For our breakfast I chose the Uova Alla Benedict; eggs benedict (but opted for turkey ham) on ciabatta with a tomato and basil medley. It was a heavy breakfast (especially after two croissants) but the freshness of the ingredients shone through. I would of preferred if it had been served a bit hotter in temperature, but it was still satisfying nonetheless.
My friend opted for the mini breakfast platter which comes served on a slate board consisting of mixed mushrooms, beef bacon, your choice of eggs and again with ciabatta toast. You could tell we were both enjoying our respective breakfasts as the conversation stopped and we both said “Mmmm” at the same time.
Just when we thought we were finito, out comes dessert. An Italian vanilla cake which has been toasted in maple syrup, decorated with chocolate and vanilla sauce, figs, walnuts and fresh berries presented on a slate slab. This cake had an interesting texture a bit firmer than I was expecting. I personally think this cake would go down a treat with some vanilla ice cream to counteract the dry texture or possibly some more sauce on the side.
We also got to try 4 flavors of the venchi chocolate they sell within their retail shop. The dark chocolate with cherry was probably my favorite. Not bitter as you might expect from a chocolate with 70% cocoa and the cherry filling was not artificial tasting as you would expect from most cherry flavored sweets.
The decor in this branch is similar to their Jumeirah branch. It is warm and welcoming with a rustic looking wooden bar, furniture and exposed brick wall. There is a mix of European tunes and clips playing on the TV which helps create that European vibe, although personally I feel that a TV in a restaurant can be a bit of a distraction. They also have ample outdoor seating with umbrellas and also a delicatessen inside with locally gathered cheeses and freshly baked goods for sale.
I definitely think Per Te is onto a winning combination and I’m looking forward to trying out their new winter menu. Respect to Anushka, Chef Glady and the team.
Location: Ground Floor, Bay Avenue, Business Bay
Phone: 04 4371685