Cavalli Club and Restaurant
Nominated for Best Italian 17 Comments
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Zebra-print chairs, bejewelled chandeliers and Gothic candlesticks: from the fur-lined elevators to the golden reptilian bottle holders, Roberto Cavalli’s homage to excess is a relentless assault on the senses. The Cavalli Club is not for everybody – that much is clear. The busy lounge/nightclub, pumping soundtrack and fashion-forward dress code is going to deter all but the most dedicated style-hunters. Those not put off by the thought of dining under crystal drapes aren’t going to be disappointed, however. Dishes fall at the modern end of the Italian spectrum, with creations like smoked foie gras with pineapple marmalade unique among Dubai’s high-end Italian restaurants. We recommend the relative simplicity of the smoked duck breast with raspberry vinaigrette before the flamboyantly presented mains (Zebra-print tortelli to match your shoes?). Substance isn’t sacrificed for style – sauces are rich and full-flavoured. Like the decor and dishes, the prices are eye-catching but worth it when you need to make a lasting impression.
Open daily 8pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
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