Set in a picture-perfect spot next to the Turtle Lagoon at Jumeirah Al Naseem, this classic Italian restaurant is simply stunning.
From the romantic waterfront terrace, to the formal yet not-at-all-stuffy dining room, your experience here won’t be less than excellent.
Interiors are all crisp creams and golds, while a white grand piano and olive trees act as charming centrepieces. Dine in the evening and you’ll enjoy a chic, classy vibe with slick white cloths adorning the tables. Choose lunch and the mood –- and setting – is more casual, with bare wood tables and the water outside sparkling in the sun.
Ingredients are sourced from the Il Borro estate in Tuscany, bringing a thousand years of history to your meal. The produce is fresh, seasonal and authentic, and this is reflected in the quality of the exquisite dishes that arrive before you.
You can’t go wrong with anything from the menu devised by chefs Andrea Campani and Maurizio Bosetti. If you want a pizza, have a pizza (they’re great), there’s no standing to attention here.
To start we opt for the burrata, which is sublime, creamy yet light, with a handful of cherry tomatoes and basil leaves scattered on top to cut through any richness.
The polpo alla brace is a showstopper. Flavoursome and perfectly cooked, the tender pieces of octopus sit atop a delicate pyramid of purple and yellow potatoes.
We move on to a risotto with tomato and burrata (we just can’t get enough), which is rich and fragrant, and red prawn spaghetti, which we slurp up eagerly. The flavours shine through in every dish we try.
Il Borro is unfailingly busy, as well it deserves to be, which leads to a warm, lively buzz.
From the elegant décor to dishes the original Italian estate can be proud of, Il Borro ticks every box, in the best of ways.
The bill (for two) 1x burrata di Andria Dhs88 1x polpo alla brace Dhs88 1x red prawn spaghetti Dhs135 1x risotto alla crema di pomodoro burrata Dhs98 1x large water Dhs28 Total (excl service) Dhs437