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There are few restaurants as dramatic as celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli’s Italian in Atlantis The Palm. Situated in the tourist-packed avenues inside the hotel, diners must pass an arresting fire and water feature to gain entry to the boutique grotto that is the dining area. Swirling lightshades hang from the ceilings as blazing orange walls, asymmetric designs and imposing furniture create one of the city’s funkier spaces. Food, as should be demanded from a restaurant bearing the name of one of the world’s most famous chefs, is of a high standard. Cold cuts of meat are freshly sliced and portions are generous, while salads are hearty and zestily seasoned. Pasta dishes are of the old school and all the better for it. A simple seafood pappardelle (broad pasta), for example, is a favourite dish and comes with generous helpings of octopus, mussels and white fish and a light spicy sauce.
Open Sat-Wed noon-10.30pm, Thu-Fri noon-11.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 2626).
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