When a restaurant gives itself a name that roughly translates as “the boss”, it is perhaps opening itself up for criticism. Thankfully, first impressions of Il Capo are very good indeed.
There are high ceilings, marble pillars and oak bars, and there are massive floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the newly opened Canal (not that you can tell from the picture). There are smart staff, cool tunes being played by a funky DJ and a refreshingly brief menu. Even before we order anything, we’re impressed with everything about the new Al Habtoor City venue.
When we do order, what we get makes that good impression last. The Gorgonzola-stuffed courgette flowers are simply wonderful – crispy, fragrant, gooey – and the arancini are perfectly executed, too. Burrata, unlike revenge, is not a dish best served cold, and the cheese and tomatoes both deserve to be warmed up a little. Mains of New York strip loin and butternut squash ravioli are excellent.
The steak is cooked perfectly and full of flavour, and the pasta, with a nutty butter and sage sauce, is a testament to keeping things simple.
“The boss” it is indeed. The Bottom Line One of our favourites in Al Habtoor City so far.