Bringing a thousand years of history to the 45-year-old UAE, Il Borro blends its rich heritage with the ultra-modern setting of Jumeirah Al Naseem seamlessly.
Inside, the space is vast and bright, thanks to a mostly cream, beige and crisp, clean white colour scheme. Gold and marble-effect finishes give it an air of fine-dining finesse and high-end quality. First impressions are good ones.
Our waitress for the evening is friendly, conversational and takes an interest in our tastes, recommending plates to match them perfectly. And with our dining buddy, like most of the staff, being Italian, a bilingual exchange ensues with some gusto.
The menu is as authentic and traditional as the venue’s origins, featuring such classics as bresaola, carpaccio, ossobucco, pastas and pizzas, using ingredients such as imported stracciatella cheese, olive oil produced on the estate in Tuscany and Italian Chianina beef – one of the oldest breeds of cattle in the world.
And the food is simply stunning. Our bruschetta with stracciatella cheese and courgette arrives first and is so delicious we could have dined on this alone. The creamy cheese and light olive oil combining well with a fresh burst of tomato all tempered by the tart courgette.
Next comes the Chianina beef carpaccio, and if you’ve never tried this breed of beef, brace yourself – you’re in for a real treat. It has a silky texture and distinctly creamy taste, and combined with the sheep cheese mousse, lamb lettuce and Il Borro organic extra virgin olive oil, it’s another hit that will make your taste buds sing.
This sets our expectations high for mains and they do not disappoint. The ossobucco – slow-cooked veal shank – is intensely rich and flavoursome while the homemade duck and ricotta ravioli with duck jus and thyme is a true delight that rounds the meal off nicely. Eccellente, we say.
The bill (for two) 1x bruschetta with stracciatella Dhs50 1x Chianina beef carpaccio Dhs80 1x ossobuco Dhs150 1x duck and ricotta ravioli Dhs95 1x Tuscan beans Dhs28 1x sautéed potatoes Dhs25 Total (including service) Dhs428
The bottom line Italian classics to enjoy at leisure.
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro