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As would be expected from an Armani-branded venue, Ristorante is a stylish affair. There is some truth in the claim that, with its minimalist decor and neutral chic, the restaurant resembles an airport departure lounge. But the monotone hues and understated furnishings don’t deliver a sterile environment. Burj Fountain views are available, but diners are as likely to watch the artistry unfolding in the enormous kitchen that sits right in the centre of the dining room. Trust the chef to guide you through the degustation menu for signature dishes. If the season is right, then, the white truffle crème brûlée sets the standards for the meal to follow. Beef tartare with quail egg, foie gras terrine, baby squid filled with crab – not your standard Italian starters, but such is the technical ability of the Armani chefs that haute cuisine works every time. The restaurant’s Italian roots have not been ignored, with dishes such as seared langoustine risotto or open lobster ravioli proving that modern Italian and farmhouse recipes can be translated into a cool contemporary setting. Mains take the same approach. Fine-dining twists, such as the presentation of the roasted rabbit with fava beans, go to show the kitchen team are every bit as stylish as the Armani-clad waiters. Sure, you’re paying a premium for the name, but rest assured this is quality of the highest order.
Open daily 7pm-11pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, dubai.armanihotels.com (04 888 3888).
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