Uninspiring Italian in the Taj Palace Hotel 2 Reviews
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2010
By all rights, Verdi’s red-and-white chequered tablecloths, huge paintings depicting the Italian countryside, and a roaring pizza oven in the corner should make for a quaint, cosy atmosphere. However, this is undermined by the fact that the restaurant opens out onto the thoroughfare of a hotel corridor and is located directly opposite the lobby toilets. Perhaps for this reason, Verdi seems to attract little custom, which is a shame as the service is friendly and efficient, and the food is very good indeed. Enjoy a selection of warm herb breads before a starter of light-on-the-tongue Angus beef carpaccio, a main of a crispy pizza fired in the oven with your choice of (slightly stingy) topping, or a well-cooked pasta dish in your choice of sauce (try the gnocchi in a smooth gorgonzola sauce with a peppery kick). For pudding enjoy a ricotta brûlée and loosen a notch on your belt. The bill is fair, but a great value for money option is the five-course set menu for only Dhs200. Definitely worth a punt.
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