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Nestled in the heart of the Madinat Jumeirah, Segreto is a place that gives off that distinct air of being somewhere special from the moment you arrive. Descend the staircase and confirm your reservation (this place is always busy) and you’ll instantly be presented with a cold towel which sets the service tone for the rest of the evening. If the weather is nice, we recommend dining al fresco, where you get stunning views of the abras meandering along the Madinat waterways. If it's a bit hot, don't despair – the inside is only a smidgen less romantic. Begin with the bruschetta al pomodoro for a delicious start to the meal and follow it with one of their tasty pasta dishes, guaranteed to be cooked to perfection. If you’re in the mood for something less classically Italian, try the gamberoni for decidedly meaty king prawns seasoned with a tangy citrus dressing. When it comes to desert, you can’t go far wrong with the tiramisu, which has a delicious bittersweet aftertaste
Open daily 6.30pm-11.30pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim. (04 366 888).

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