Uno, dos, tres, Quattro 

Quattro Ristorante, is a conjoined twin with it’s sister restaurant Spice Klub being right next door and therefore sharing a kitchen.

Located in Mankhool these are the new kids on the block with fun, vibrant and modern interiors with super comfortable seating.

They open for lunch then close again before dinner service and offer some great business lunch deals which are extremely affordable.

We visited for a Friday lunch time and it was quieter than it’s sister restaurant next door. There is a water feature which runs through the middle of the tables and a strange mix of music playing faintly in the background.

The drink menu is split into 6 categories. We tried a berry mojito, a lemon iced tea and an apple basil cooler, all complete with a smoking feature thanks to dry ice. 🌬




​For those who didn’t know Quattro is a fusion of Italian & Mexican cuisines but with a twist. It’s completely vegetarian!

The appetizers we tried included taquito cones, risotto balls complete with a syringe of chili oil, corn fritters topped with loads of guacamole and sour cream foam…


and also Mexican corn on the cob. Unfortunately the corn was a bit soft which could be due to overlooking, but the flavors were spicy without being too intense. It comes served with corn ice cream in a fried corn shell.


I loved the taquito cones! It’s a small cornchip shaped into a cone filled with beans, cheese, jalapeños and topped with small spheres of avocado ice cream. They come served in a shot glass containing tomato salsa. The combination of flavors and textures and hot and cold just works! I could of eaten all 4.

For mains, we tried a chefs special. A jalapeño rice dish with a peppery gravy styled sauce, with crisp grilled paneer and truffle flavored fries. The whole combination was weird and I wasn’t sure exactly where in fit in to the menu.

Although the ravioli rose stuffed with spinach and cheese was nothing to look at, the taste made up for it. The pink sauce was warm and creamy.

The pizzas here are served on super thin crusts and we enjoyed the upside margherita where the cheese is on the bottom and the pasta sauce is on the top.

We shared two desserts, a deconstructed tiramisu which my friend didn’t know about until she started eating and said “this tastes like tiramisu” in which we replied “it is” followed by a few chuckles. Not only was the presentation on point but the separated flavors once brought together really stood out on your palette. This was the highlight of the desserts for sure and I’d highly recommend ordering it.

On the other hand if you’re a massive chocolate fan over coffee then the hazelnut mousse and Belgian chocolate ice cream desert is for you. Although the mousse was denser than I expected. It’s garnished with caramel popcorn.

Quattro Ristorante is great for those who are looking for a fusion beteeen two cuisines. The staff are attentive and knowledgeable and the menu is extensive for being vegetarian only. Now my only question is how it compares to it’s sister restaurant next door?

For bookings call: 04 275 3179
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24 Karat magic in the airrrrrrr….

I don’t know about you but I can’t help but sing Bruno Mars 24K every time I hear the restaurant name 24 Karat. This newly opened Italian fine dining restaurant headed up but none other than Chef Glady (which many of you may remember from Per Te) calls the Marriott Al Jaddaf it’s home. Replacing a Japanese restaurant which never eventuated, the kitchen was changed, as was the decor to give this spacious restaurant, the midas touch.

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The gold theme touches everything from the cutlery to your plate or even into your glass. Their menu’s are on iPads and offers a video preview of almost every dish hence it does take a little while to go through the entire menu. Luckily the attentive staff are on hand to give you some suggestions. I’m sat on a wide, plush, subtly golden chair which is so comfortable it doesn’t feel like I should be eating on it, rather be watching TV in someone’s living room.

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For starters we ordered the 24 Karat burrata; served with 3 way cherry tomatoes, poached, cherry and sun dried, drizzled with basil dressing and creamy balsamic truffle flavored gold flakes! Two of my favorite foods together, what’s not to love?

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As well as the seared scallops with creamy saffron, exquisitely made squid ink crackers, shimeji mushrooms and a cauliflower puree. Perfectly cooked and presented.

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Not to mention the beef carpaccio; thinly sliced rare beef garnished with pears, pistachio, circles of parmesan cheese, sprinkles of black Hawaiin salt and slices of fresh truffle. Each ingredient playing a key part to balance out this dish.

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Whilst we wait a slate board of freshly baked chilli and garlic crisp bread arrive made in house. It’s decorated with stracciatella cheese and olive oil with fresh sprigs of herbs.

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Chef Glady also bought us a sample of the Japanese wagyu. A grade 9 marbled steak cut into slices and served upon a bed of truffle mash. The steak melts at 29 degrees and your mouth is generally around 34 degrees. So this piece of meat literally does melt in your mouth. If you wanted to order this in the restaurant be prepared to cough up 790 dirhams for a 350gram serving. However the quality of the meat is that good, it’s worth every dirham.

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For mains we tried the paccheri Lobster and Crab pasta and the slow cooked and braised veal ossobucco milanese, the latter atop of a brightly colored saffron risotto.

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The pasta was cooked very al dente. The large tubed pasta shells engulf the Canadan losbter pieces in the crab sauce that each bite is seafood heaven.

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Last but never least order the golden bomb and tiramisu for dessert. The golden bomb is the highlight for sure. A chocolate sphere surrounded by a an edible forest; a nest of woven sugar which is drowned in hot white chocolate sauce until it melts leaving a mix of chocolate and berries on a bed of crumbled chocolate brownie. Just wow!

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Before leaving we take a tour of the restaurant which has 3 private dining areas, a huge al fresco dining terrace with views of the Burj Khalifa in the distance. They plan to install an outdoor pizza oven too. My mouth is already watering.

At the moment the restaurant does not have their alcohol license but that could change in the future. They do however have a quite a range of soft beverages including Dubai cola, (a cola drink mixed with dates and honey which is very sweet) and lots of fancy non alcoholic wines with plenty of sparkles inside.

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The Tiramisu

24 Karat fits perfectly into the Dubai brand with gold flakes and truffle ringing through their menu. However it’s the quality of their ingredients and the way they wow their customers with attention to detail which is why this Italian restaurant is set for success.

It’s not just in the presentation but with the execution of each dish. The passion for food really shines through. You’ll be hard pressed trying to find a dish that isn’t delicious or “grammable“.

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Brunching at Giardino, Palazzo Versace

Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace.

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Drake raps about it. J-Lo wears it. I however, got to dine at it. The Giardino brunch that is, located inside the fairly new Palazzo Versace hotel. The hotel, has only been open for a few months and the brunch has only in operation for a few weeks.

Giardino, meaning Garden it Italian, is a restaurant decorated like the dress J-Lo wore to Grammy’s in 2000. View it here. Green Versace Dress From the walls, to the furniture and even the staff uniforms are made with this green leafy pattern hence creating an optical illusion.

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I was privileged to be dining with a group of around 20 foodies for another #ZomatoMeetup event. Upon arrival we were greeted with a glass of champagne and a tour of the restaurant.

I roamed around to take some photos and view what food stations were on offer. I was particularly impressed with the food art made out of chocolate into beautiful sculptures including the leaning tower of Pisa and the Colosseum.

 

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The DJ spun some great disco and house tunes throughout the day which made us want to get up and boogie however there is no set dance floor. The atmosphere is light, bright and breezy as the surrounding doors are open out onto the outdoor terrace and pool area.

You can help yourself to the various food stations or you can use cards with your table number and have the staff bring your plates directly to your table.

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Simple but delicious – The spaghetti with pecorino cheese, black pepper and crunchy dried artichokes

An ice cream cart…

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and a cocktail cart which all arrive at your table during your brunch visit.

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I found the salad station to be a bit boring and lacking any real variety. The seafood option however was aplenty. The grilled lobster was the highlight for me. So fresh and flavorsome. If only they offered more grilled seafood, for example prawns and perhaps some oysters kilpatrick. They also have a cheese and foie gras section offering an impressive foie gras creme brulee.

We were also brought various dishes to try at our table, which included loads of Indian fare.

However I found the Italian food the tastiest. In particular the gnocchi in mushroom sauce which almost made soup like and better eaten with a spoon. Rich, creamy and delicate.

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What better way to digest all the food than with a nice cup of green tea presented in this gorgeous Versace gold detailed teacup.

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All brunch guests get free pool access as well as going into a draw to win a nights stay for 2 at the hotel including breakfast. Not a bad deal. You can see the winners announced on their twitter account.

There are multiple pools on the premises with one being an infinity pool but it’s missing a decent view.

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I expected better service but it’s still early days. I’ve given feedback to the management team so hopefully with some tweaks it will improve going forward.

The location is a little out of the way compared to other Friday brunches but the roads were quiet and it’s easy to find.

Overall, Giardino brunch has a great atmosphere and impresses with it’s seafood offerings and well executed Italian.

Bookings are essential. Call 04 4371640.

Giardino Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

One, two, TRE

Tucked away in the Nasima Royal Hotel on SZR is a delight to be found. Tre restaurant, lounge and bar covers 3 floors 49, 50 and 51 respectively each with their own charm.

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I was invited for a bloggers event which started with some drinks and canapes in the Tre lounge on level 50. We were served some gorgeous hors d’oeuvres whilst we took the opportunity to mingle with fellow bloggers and take some happy snaps before we were led to the restaurant on the 49th floor.

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We were already impressed by the views of Sheikh Zayed Road and then we reached our dining table, so long and grand that even Belle from Beauty and the Beast would be jealous. Tall stemmed candelabras provides sensual mood lighting whilst the mirrored roof echoes the grand set up of our table. Then came the food.

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Octopus salad, beautifully presented and a well balanced dish.

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An aubergine parmigiana which left you wanting more.

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A light beetroot and orange mixed leaf salad topped with flower petals.

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The favorite among the bloggers – burrata cheese served with wedges of figs and a combination of red and black tomatoes.

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A mediocre magherita pizza.

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We were each served a selection of pasta/rice as our entree. Giant pacchero pasta shells with a duck ragout, a ricotta and spinach ravioli with white truffle sauce, (a favorite of mine even though the pasta was a little too under-cooked the flavor was still impressive) as well as a porcini mushroom risotto. All sample sizes to leave room for the mains and desserts.

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The mains arrived in a fashionable mannor, first up was a pan seared salmon with crispy skin served on a bed of green vegetables.

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The highlight of the evening for me was the medium rare Wagyu strip loin served in mouth watering bite size pieces garnished with cherry roasted tomatoes, rocket and parmesan shavings. It was well accompanied by the full bodied red wine served with dinner.

The dessert, a selection of Italian favorites including a panacotta and cannoli rolls were consumed in the Tre bar on the 51st floor where Angel the live jazz singer entertained the small crowd with her sultry voice alluring the patrons along with a very talented pianist named Alistair. We ordered a night cap and a few of us even got up for a boogie.

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It truly was a splendid evening with fellow foodies. Although I wasn’t wowed by the desserts I’ll be going back just for the burrata cheese and the steak.

Dress code: Dress to impress

Perfect for: Date night

For reservations call 04 4573703

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Taste of Italy by Heinz Beck

Heinz Beck is a michelin star chef who earned his star rating at the infamous formal fine dining restaurant La Pergola in the beautiful city of Roma. However Heinz himself is not Italian, but German decent.
With Social by Heinz Beck already established in the Waldorf Astoria on the Palm Jumeirah, the latest venture, Taste of Italy by Heinz Beck opened it’s doors in June 2015 in the boutique Galleria Mall on Al Wasl Road.
The space occupied by Taste of Italy is gigantic with a full size Industrial kitchen out back, ample indoor seating with an industrial feel, counters of fresh produce along one side, open style kitchen on the other, an outdoor seating area and not to forget the gelato bar and low lounge seating at the forefront of the premises.

On this particular occasion we gathered outside for the zomato meet up and are joined by Hina, IToL’s social media marketing manager where we are served appetizers and welcome mocktails, mine being a raspberry & lemon flavor, perfect for those who like a more sour taste.

After our appetizers we proceed to behind the scenes where Chef Andrea teaches us about how they make their pasta. Little did I know that if you add more egg yolk into your pasta it has the ability to cook for longer without overcooking. Genius! After all, Chef Andrea has been cooking since he was 16 and learnt from the best, being his Italian Grandmother. Chef Andrea kept excusing his English, which in fact was very good. The industrial pasta machine they use can decide on the thickness of the pasta but a small adjustment and all that’s added inside is flour and eggs.

Chef Marco gave us a demonstration on how to flip that perfect pizza and then foodies have a go at making their own. The wood fire temperature is 300 degrees celsius and can fit up to 5 pizzas at a time.

After getting our hands dirty, we proceed to the indoor dining area where our table was set up for us. We munched on pizza, pasta and poultry. It was my first time ever trying capon. The texture was a little different to chicken, more like turkey but in saying that the flavor was a little too rich for my tastebuds. It was served with candied fruits with had been dried with mustard seed oil. A distinctive taste.

My favorite dish was the Tortelli di Carne, Purea di Zucca, Salsa Parmigiano. Small meaty parcels which are cooked al dente in a meat stock and served upon a pumpkim puree soup with crunchy walnuts and a creamy melted parmigiano cheese topping. Delizioso!

I had a feeling we would be having semifreddo for dessert and low and behold we were each served with our own semi frozen desserts, this one consisting of nuts and nougat which added a surprise to every bite. We were also presented with a plethora of desserts to share.

We were offered coffee and tea as a digestive and also the option to try some gelato from the gelato bar but by this stage we were all overly full so there was no chance we could another scoop of anything. At least it gives us something to look forward to on our next visit.

Furthermore to the menu they also sell various goods from pasta, oils, tea, biscuits, chocolate, freshly baked bread and so much more. They can also put together impressive hampers complete in wicker baskets. The perfect gift for those foodie friends.

Overall Taste of Italy is a gourmet casual dining restaurant with something for everybody’s taste buds. Bon appetit!

Taste of Italy by Heinz Beck Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Breakfast @ Per Te

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Impressive Italian @ Per Te

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The lamb chops literally melted in my mouth. So much so I thought they might have been cooked ‘sous vide’.

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The truffle gnocchi is moreish and once you tried one piece, it was hard to stop eating it.

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The pizza bufalina had a beautifully crisp base with the freshest quality cheese, it transported me back to Rome.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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