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Splendido, Ritz-Carlton, JBR
Nominated for Best Italian
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With warm tones, an attractive wooden bar running down the length of one wall and crisp, white table cloths under a high ceiling, Splendido is a warm and inviting restaurant. You can also enjoy your dinner al fresco on the outdoor patio, which boasts stretching sea views, particularly spectacular at sunset. Service is suitably understated for such a location, while the dining experience is enhanced with some complimentary extras. A small pastry containing beef bacon and cheese with garlic dip, a lobster tartare, large bread basket and a selection of chocolates with the bill were provided free of charge to every diner on our visit. Seafood features quite heavily on the menu, and it seems these dishes are the ones to go for – the generous serving of plump, tender tiger prawns sets the gnocchi dish apart. In contrast, the roasted corn-fed baby chicken lacks a punch and is a rather miserly portion.
Open Sat-Thu 7am-11am, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm; Fri 7am-11am, 7pm-11pm. Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Walk, JBR (04 399 4000). Brunch: Fri 12.30pm-3.30pm.

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