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Highly Commended Best Italian
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You expect a certain degree of sophistication from Italian restaurant at a Ritz-Carlton restaurant and Splendido doesn’t disappoint. The chic New York-style décor, smooth soundtrack and understated elegance are all there. But it is when Splendido lets its guard down and acts a little less stuffy that the charm appears. Be guided out onto the outdoor terrace by some of the most casual and warm waiters we’ve met in Dubai and enjoy the alfresco setting with palm trees and sea views. The food is modern Italian with as much emphasis on presentation as piling high sauces and flavours. A breaded swordfish dish is not a Dubai staple and deserves a look as do the handful of meat dishes including a beef tenderloin with foie gras or roasted duck breast with chickpea croquette and truffle honey. By night this is a romantic restaurant but visit in the day for a lzay, pasta-filled afternoon in the sun.
Open daily 6.30pm-11pm. Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 399 4000).

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