What’s your top tip for visitors to Dubai? There are so many incredible things to do in this magical place but JBR and the surrounding area has really come into its own over the last year, with the beach, a great programme of activities and some fantastic restaurants (including Cavalli Caffè, if you want to unwind with some truly magnificent Italian food).
What one thing would you like to do in Dubai that you haven’t done before? Skydiving is definitely on my to do list. It helps that the Caffè is located on JBR, so I can always see people falling from the sky!
What career journey did you take before joining your restaurant? I’ve lived and worked as a chef in London, Paris, Tokyo, Barcelona, Miami, Mallorca, Budapest and San Sebastian. By travelling the world and experiencing new cultures, I’ve picked up so many essential skills along the way and have been able to combine the flavours of the world into the cooking I do today.
Why should Time Out readers try your restaurant? At the Caffè, the quality of food really speaks for itself. Our menu takes diners on a culinary journey around the very best of Italian cuisine and all dishes are given the signature Roberto Cavalli twist. We’ve also got delicious mocktails, coffees and incredible Roberto Cavalli-branded chocolates if you’re feeling tempted.
At Cavalli Club Restaurant & Lounge, we’re also offering a true Italian experience with a hint of contemporary international flavours. The quality and flavour of the ingredients we use really shine through – from homemade pasta and the finest extra virgin olive oils, to handpicked heirloom tomatoes and premium cuts of beef, such as MiyazakiWagyu and Blonde d’Aquitaine. Everything we create in the kitchen has a touch of Cavalli’s distinct flair for style.
What’s the best thing about dining at your restaurant in 2015? Cavalli Caffè really is unique – alongside the menu, we’ve got a fantastic location near the beach with a beautiful al fresco terrace and a chilled-out atmosphere. Whether you’re arriving in flip flops straight from the beach, or coming for a celebratory dinner with friends, we know you’re going to have a fantastic time.
People come from far and wide for the Cavalli Club experience – from the food to the décor and international line up of some of the world’s top artists. We’ve been joined by A-listers including J. Lo, Will Smith and Eva Longoria, to name but a few.As well as a nomination for Best Italian Restaurant at the Time Out Restaurant Awards, we’re also nominated for several Time Out nightlife awards too, including Best Club, Best Urban Night and Best DJ – it’s a very exciting time for us all at Cavalli.
What’s your dish recommendation at your restaurant? My favourite dish at Cavalli Caffè is “La verde”, a green pizza topped with parsley, garlic, chillies and mozzarella. Our classic Burrata Pizza and healthy Insalata di Quinoa are also a big hit with our diners. And of course, our decadent array of desserts are not to be missed, especially the Tiramisu and the chocolate Fondente al Pistacchio.