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Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis The Palm
Nominated for Best Italian
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Ronda Locatelli is certainly striking. The fire theme, with flames flickering at the entrance and bright strokes of red and black inside, makes it a dramatic place to dine. Yet somehow this adventurous decor remains inviting, helped by the excellent staff who are effortlessly friendly and efficient. Its location within the touristy Atlantis hotel also ensures a casual atmosphere, with the strict dress code of other high-end Italian restaurants not implemented here. Yet don’t be fooled into thinking this is going to be a budget eat, because it certainly isn’t. Thankfully, the food just about lives up to its price tag. The spicy chicken coated in bread crumbs is simple, but has an enjoyable texture and kick. On our visit, however, it was dessert that stood out a mile – go for the creamy, rich and incredibly moreish panna cotta and you’re sure to end the meal on a high.
Open Sat-Wed noon-4.45pm, 6pm-10.45pm; Thu-Fri noon-4.45pm, 6pm-11.45pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

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