One thing is for certain at Borgo Vecchio: the kitchen has spent money on this food, as elements such as black truffle, sticky-sweet balsamic vinegar and the extra virgin olive oil have a definite mark of quality. If Italian cuisine can be defined by anything, it has to be this – the freshness and standard of its ingredients, as food generally this simple has absolutely nothing to hide behind.
Luckily, this is an area in which the restaurant excels. A dish as uncomplicated as the tomato-topped bruschetta manages to impress with its depth of flavour. Meanwhile, a simple wooden platter of cold cuts for two boasts (halal) slices of duck, goose and bresaola with honey-glazed walnuts and gorgonzola cheese, all to be enjoyed on the fluffy, home-made bread (wholewheat and olive options are available, among others).
Our ravioli with cep mushrooms and black truffle carpaccio is a standout dish. It’s rich and creamy to taste and stunning to look at, with each component piled neatly on top of the other in the middle of a stark white, rectangular plate with bright basil leaves strewn across.
The setting is charming and rustic, the outdoor seating area being particularly lovely with its cast-iron furniture, verdant foliage and Burj Khalifa backdrop. Inside, on the other hand, the atmosphere is more stilted and, strangely, children aren’t allowed to sit here (as a sign clearly states), as the restaurant tries to keep itself “grown-up and sophisticated”. This sentiment, however, isn’t reflected when we discover a surprising lack of cleanliness in the bathrooms.
Despite this, matching the superior food and presentation is the service – staff couldn’t be more friendly or eager to please, and, for the quality of the food, it would be very hard to argue with these prices.
Bottom line A surprisingly standout culinary offering with an enjoyable setting if you sit outside.
The Bill (for two) 1x large water Dhs12 1x bruschetta Dhs39 1x cold cuts for two Dhs56 1x ravioli Dhs75 1x chicken Dhs86 1x diavolo pizza Dhs67 Total Dhs335