Bussola is all about tall glass windows, immaculately-styled staircases and giant white canopies. 38 Reviews
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Bussola is all about tall glass windows, immaculately-styled staircases and giant white canopies. A light wooden floor inlaid with turquoise tiles and well-spaced tables creates a comfortable, airy environment. From the vantage point of the upstairs bar and lounge you can keep tabs on the construction work at Dubai Marina, or turn round to soak up the calm of the ocean.
The beef carpaccio with parmesan cheese is an understated success, with the bitter rocket of the underlying salad a perfect contrast to the cool, slinky and sweet meat. An artfully presented corridor of mushrooms and green leaves is flanked by discs of pinkly translucent beef. The bruschetta sits atop clumps of lettuce while a mustardy sauce zigzags its way across the plate.
The grilled seafood main served on salad takes up most of the side of a table. The calamari is of perfect texture, the lobster is smooth and saline, and the prawn is juicily brawny. Immersed in a concoction of bold, fresh flavours, the bucatini is also excellent: the perfectly-cooked thin pasta drips with a zesty cherry tomato and ham sauce. But, if it’s just a simple pizza that you’re after, you are at the right place. Straight from their stylish pizza oven, Bussola dispenses what have been lauded as among the best pizzas in Dubai. Thin-crusted, with just the amount of authentic Italian sauce, viscous cheese and an inventive range of toppings, it’s worth the trip for for the pizzas alone.
Desserts include a chocolate sausage that tastes just like Christmas, rich and filled with fruit and nuts, while a spoonful of amaretto mousse is fluffy and deceptively light. But the star of the show is a quad-layered pyramid of panna cotta, which boasts a thick top layer of crushed coffee beans and is wondrously creamy.
Unfortunately, while the food remains ace, the service at Bussola gets progressively worse. However, if you are one of those masochistic people who enjoy venturing into London’s Chinatown purely for the abuse dispatched by the waiters, you’ll love it here. Otherwise, you’ll just have to focus on the view and the fine flavours.
By Time Out Dubai
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