Alta Badia, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Nominated for Best Newcomer
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Filling the space once occupied by Vu, Alta Badia now sits in the prime spot on the 50th floor of Jumeirah Emirates Towers. The views across downtown are a major part of the aesthetic, but the decor has been quite cleverly updated, from the handful of artworks on the walls, to the rosemary plants on the table and the counter laid out with oils, vinegar and parmesan. With a tasting menu featuring dishes from the north and south of Italy, a concise two-page à la carte offering and seasonal specials, you’ll find intriguing and appetising choices at Alta Badia. While the starters don’t always live up to their billing, the main courses are almost faultless. The oxtail ravioli is made with extremely thin (yet al dente) pasta and crammed with generous shreds of flavoursome meat, dressed with slices of black truffle and parmesan, while the lemon chicken breast is a simple, colourful burst of flavours. With wonderful staff, too, this is a destination for a pleasurable evening.
Open Sun-Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8771).

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