Nais Italian Kitchen
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Nais’s décor is clean, crisp and simple: predominantly white, with flourishes of grass green. A pop-up boutique exists entirely on one wall. There’s no stuffy fine-dining formality or distance here. Staff are chatty with an easy manner, explaining the day’s specials. The piatto Piemontese starter, a sample of three of the northern signatures: filetto di peperone arrosto con crema di acciughe (strips of roasted pepper with cream of anchovies), insalata russa (vegetables, tuna and boiled eggs in mayonnaise) and vitel tonnato (chilled veal, dressed with a tuna, anchovy and caper sauce), arrives elegantly presented, yet without being fussy or pretentious. Staff inform us that Nais’s fresh pesto is prepared with basil grown by the restaurant’s owners in their garden, but sadly, it was off the menu on our last visit. The concept at Nais Italian Kitchen is new and exciting for Dubai. Beyond that, these are warm and welcoming people, with a passion for and knowledge of what they’re selling: a good, accessible, and affordable menu, of what the Italians call ‘honest food’.
Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm. HDS Tower, Cluster F, JLT (04 452 9991).
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