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Cavalli Club, Restaurant & Lounge
Nominated for Best Italian
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From the zebra print elevator to the sparkling chandeliers, everything about this venue is set out to dazzle. Inspired by the Italian designer with a penchant for flashy designs, you’ll see chairs clad in zebra print and crockery featuring monochromatic motifs. Dinner service starts from 9pm, and is limited to two hours, so it’s a good option for nightlife lovers who plan to spend the rest of the evening on the club’s illuminated dancefloor. The menu is a simple collection of modern Italian menu with a selection of risottos and pastas alongside some meat or fish main courses. Portions are very neatly presented; the burrata with tomatoes and basil arrives with two pipettes filled respectively with pesto sauce and balsamic vinegar to drizzle as required. Cavalli hits the mark for decor and ambience, providing its late-night patrons a simple and classy meal to start the night.
Open Mon-Sat 9.30pm-3am (restaurant 9.30pm-11.30pm), Sun 9pm-3am (restaurant 9pm-11pm). Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 332-9260).

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