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Cavalli Club Restaurant and Lounge, Fairmont Dubai
Nominated for Best Italian
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Though not famed for the ‘restaurant’ at the end of its name, Cavalli Club actually serves up some pretty decent offerings. If you’re not put off by the strict dress code and nightclub lounge setting, not forgetting a late dinner – the restaurant doesn’t open until 9.30pm – then you’ll find a selection of traditional Italian meals with an innovative twist. While dishes like the zebra-patterned tortelli – designed to match the decor, perhaps – will immediately catch the eye, some of the less exciting sounding options are equally worthy of your attention. We’re particularly impressed with the pasta selection, which gives you the chance to sample three of the restaurant’s equally delicious pasta dishes. Starters and desserts are slightly lacking, but the main courses more than make up for this. And with monthly specials and regular updates of the menu, Cavalli Club’s restaurant offers a tasty aside to its more illustrious nightclub.
Open daily 9.30pm-11.30pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.cavalliclubdubai.com (04 332 9260).


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