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Segreto, Madinat Jumeirah
Nominated for Best Italian
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Hidden within a labyrinth of corridors and staircases within Madinat Jumeirah, Segreto is a stylish place for a casually romantic dinner. Warm tones and low lighting greet diners, with seating options available next to Madinat’s waterways. You’ll spot all your favourite Italian dishes on the menu, which don’t stray far from tradition. The crab risotto is a rewarding choice, striking the right balance between light and rich, while the substantial tortiglioni bolognese is rustic in appearance and taste, with strong flavours. Desserts, however, are a tad disappointing – the tiramisu won’t blow you away and you’ll have to be quick to enjoy the gelato before it becomes entirely liquid. If you go on a quiet night, you may also find the staff a bit overbearing, which can detract from the romantic atmosphere.
Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6730).

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