The Shortlist

Armani/Ristorante, Armani Hotel Dubai
Best Italian Winner
© ITP Images
View slideshow
  • Picture 1 of 2

The decor is minimalist and sleek, while the service is suitably slick, yet still warm and friendly. But the main draw is the food. There’s a definite homemade quality about the dishes, with a slight twist that makes them special. Freshly made pasta and rich sauces mean the traditional offerings will tick all the right boxes, while the signature seafood and meat dishes are exquisite. In particular, the sea bass is seasoned beautifully, with the side of porcini mushrooms and aubergine complementing it perfectly. Saving room for dessert is a must, even if it’s just for the La Sfera. With a crispy sugar coating, this spherical dessert contains cream and a sponge-like filling, with raspberry sorbet in the centre.
Open daily 7pm-11.30pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3888).

Our favourite features