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Solo Bistronomia
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Following the closure of Raffles Dubai’s long-standing steakhouse Fire&Ice, this space has had a makeover and emerged as Italian restaurant and grape bar Solo Bistronomia&Vinobar.The restaurant itself is huge. A vast, cavernous, high-ceilinged, multi-functional space, all covered in exposed russet-coloured bricks. The food here is a two-tier affair – bar snacks (restaurant equivalents of street food) and deli classics (antipasti, charcuterie and so on) in the bar area and a wider selection of sharing plates on the restaurant menu. Broadly speaking, the menu is clearly Italian and yet far from traditional. You’ll find pizza and pasta on this tight two-page list, but perhaps it will be a smoked eel and foiegras pizza.Although Dubai is awash with Italian dining, this new haunt manages to stand out as offering a menu that is creative, yet unfussy and unpretentious. Service reflects its relaxed vibe and, overall, it’s an excellent new addition to the city.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 370 8999).

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