Chef Izu Ani is a well-known and much-loved name among foodies of Dubai. Having previously wowed guests at La Serre and La Petite Maison, it’s with high expectations that diners venture to his new openings.
His latest restaurant – aside from a bakery in The Dubai Mall – is the Mediterranean eatery carine. At Emirates Golf Club, in the space that held Le Classique for 29 years, the area has been completely revamped. An expansive terrace now boasts views across the lush greenery of the course, and with pretty tiled floors and a large central bar, it’s ideal for a lazy meal in the cooler months.
The interiors are white-washed and fresh, with baskets of vibrant lemons and loaves of crusty home-baked bread adding to the Mediterranean vibe. It’s laid-back and welcoming and staff are friendly andhelpful.
Don’t skip the bread. Chef Izu says the two loves of his life are his wife Carine (after whom the restaurant is named) and bread. And the offerings at carine cement our own love of carbs.
To start we opt for tuna carpaccio and harissa prawns.
The latter are plump and tasty (hold back some of that crust to mop up the fragrant juices), while the silky-soft tuna is lifted by a zingy mandarin dressing and crunchy hazlenuts. The combination of textures and flavours is a winning one.
We move on to seafood risotto – packed full of fish and flavour – and a lamb orzo dish, which with a rich tomatoey broth and tender meat is Middle Eastern-Mediterranean mish-mash in the best of ways.
We can’t resist the tarte tatin, boasting a base Mary Berry would be proud of. If standards remain this high, we’ll be revisiting time and again.
The bill (for two) 1x harissa prawns Dhs47.83 1x tuna carpaccio Dhs47.83 1x pasta special Dhs69.57 1x seafood risotto Dhs95.65 1x tarte tatin Dhs73.91 1x large water Dhs22.61 Total (incl service, plus VAT) Dhs357.40
The bottom line Your next date night, sorted.