Hi there and welcome to my blog! I am Sana and this is my small attempt at sharing my gastronomic journey in my current city Dubai. I initially created this blog to make a genuine effort at sharing with you the best places to eat. My love for food and trying new cuisines helped me a long way and to finally start this blog.
We all are familiar with Italian cuisine and it’s easily available in most of the countries you go too. In Dubai as well this cuisine is extremely popular. I had done a round-up list in 2017 for Best Italian Restaurants but I had to create an entirely new one in a span of a year as there have been more exceptional restaurants which have taken over the Dubai food scene, so here is my take on Dubai’s ten best Italian restaurants 2018.
Luigia – Nestled in Rixos Premium hotel this Italian restaurant has an extensive menu and is known for serving authentic home-style dishes. The atmosphere is fun and lively and they even have a kids play area so you can enjoy your food in peace while the kids have a gala time too.
Bianca – This restaurant serves some of the traditional favourites from Naples along with a few Middle Eastern varieties to cater to the UAE market. I love the selection and the quality of their dishes. Burrata and Mozzarella cheese are sourced locally and it tastes sensational.
Carine – Chef Izu is a celebrity chef and with his number of restaurants his popularity keeps on increasing too. With the opening of Carine in Emirates Golf Club, he defines what incredible Italian food tastes like. The decor is superb and the vibe is sophisticated to make your meal incredible here.
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro – From the Tuscan region of Italy comes this exclusive restaurant to Dubai. The food is scrumptious and the passion for Italian food is showcased in each of their dishes. If you have a special occasion, this place should be considered first. The only restaurant to feature twice in my round up of 2017 and 2018.
Scalini – Already popular in London’s, Mayfair, this restaurant is set to make a mark in the Dubai culinary scene too. With contemporary decor and a vibrant variety of dishes, this place knows how to please its guests.
Matto – The Oberoi Dubai already has a few distinctive restaurants and one of them being Matto. From the same management which bought us the great Indie and Iris, here is to another brilliant concept. There has never been a dull moment with service, decor or the food. A nice option to go with friends.
Quattro Passi – Chef Antonio Mellino charms it’s guest with his simple yet beautiful food. His team’s efforts led him and his restaurant into winning two Michelin stars in Italy. His passion is seen in his dishes with everything being perfectly curated by the master himself.
Basta – After being mesmerised by the interiors of this restaurant get ready to go on a culinary feast. It’s so difficult to choose from the menu as most of the dishes sound amazing, each dish has a unique texture and fabulous presentation which is why Basta is so appealing to me.
Cova – One of the oldest pastry shops in Milan, this restaurant has perfected its game when it comes to its food. Their desserts are no doubt exceptional but their food is also a winner. Having a gorgeous spot in The Dubai Mall it’s a nice place for a splendid meal.
Via Veneto – With the phenomenal views of the Burj Khalifa this restaurant in Downtown Dubai is winning many people’s heart. With its rustic decor and a wide range of Italian fare, you won’t be disappointed when it comes down to food.
There are plenty of places to find Italian food in Dubai, some places you might go again and some you might never want to talk about but with these dynamic selections, you will never run out of options.
Staying in Dubai, I barely get to visit the cultural city of Sharjah but when I finally got the opportunity I realised how much I have missed in terms of history, traditions and heritage. Sharjah, is not far from Dubai but on weekends I would prefer to lounge in my pyjamas at home but today it was different as I was packing my bags to head to a city which has been on my list forever.
The Act Hotel in Sharjah send me an invite to come and experience their hospitality and overlooking the Al Majaz waterfront this opportunity seemed perfect. After a bit of touring around the city, I checked into my beautiful hotel.
About the hotel:-
A modern moderate size lobby which has a cafe on one side and the other side is used for guest services and reservation. It has a decent size waiting area too, the staff are helpful, friendly and swift in sorting out the paper works and escorting you to your room. Since it was the Sharjah Book Fair month the hotel was relatively busy than usual.
My room was an Executive Lagoon Suite which has a spectacular living space with the window giving you the panoramic view of the Waterfront. It has a kitchenette which you could use to cook or warm up food, a nice option for a family with kids or fussy eaters. You can even find a coffee machine and complimentary water with a side of a fresh fruit bowl. The generous staff had also left an afternoon tea sampler in my room with sweet and savoury dishes.
The room has all the amenities which you would require, from a prayer mat, charging points, spacious cupboards and a directory. There was a turndown service as well which is a plus point.
Before booking a hotel, I usually go over the list of services they provide and when it comes down to The Act hotel, it did tick all the checkboxes. From spa, health club, meeting rooms, jacuzzi, swimming pools, kids play area and a fancy ballroom, you name it and they have it.
Apart from room service, you can find amazing food at their buffet restaurant Oscar. They have quality dishes, be it salad, soups, grills, or curries. Another enjoyable fact about their hotel is their Poolside BBQ on Saturday’s, a fabulous way to enjoy the pleasant climate.
Being in the centre of Sharjah, The Act Hotel is an ideal choice for people who want to live in the heart of the city. This hotel is barely a few steps away from the waterfront which makes evening walks perfect. The Act hotel, you made my experience in Sharjah a memorable one.
At this iconic hotel, you can find around 13 restaurants and I won’t be surprised if they add a few more names. Staying in Dubai for almost six years I have finally managed to try Grosvenor House’s all restaurants and I know some of you might just have a day or two to try some of the restaurants here. So take my advice and don’t miss these four award-winning restaurants at Grosvenor House.
Indego by Vineet – When it comes to Indian food, Michelin star chef Vineet Bhatia leaves no stones unturned. Headed by his team, this restaurant serves a fare of traditional and modern Indian dishes. The flavours of each dish have a symphony of spices coming together to give you a distinct texture.
Rhodes – Serving some fine British dishes this restaurant is headed by the famous celebrity chef Gary Rhodes and if you are lucky you might even bump into him. There are some signature dishes of the chef but with a vibrant twist to it. The menu keeps evolving for the best and you won’t have a disappointing moment here.
Ruya – Try this dynamic restaurant which will astonish you with its Anatolian cuisine. The menu definitely does not serve the usual genetic dishes but in fact, it has an array of dynamic dishes to choose from. I usually like to go to Ruya just after sunset as it offers a scenic view of the Marina.
Buddha bar – This popular Asian restaurant from Paris is well known among the elites who love to socialise and party at this venue. Having been to Buddha Bar all around the world the standard of service and quality remains intact. With so many restaurants opening and closing in Dubai, this one has stood the test of time.
Grosvenor House has some amazing venues and each restaurant is unique in their own amazing ways but these four have managed to spellbound me with its dishes, ambience and the experience.