Romano Macaroni Grill

American Italian Garhoud 12 Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008

The waitress will scrawl her name in crayon on the paper tablecloth and ask whether you’ve been to the original Romano’s restaurant in Texas. You might start worrying about the authenticity of the Italian food, but there’s a certain charm to a restaurant that teaches you Italian by playing language tapes while you’re in the can.

There’s also a certain catharsis inherent in scribbling your acerbic criticisms of a rubbery panna cotta pudding on the tablecloth in lurid green wax. It’s a good thing, then, that the said waitress follows that with grinding some black pepper into a saucer of olive oil and delivering some pretty good bread.

More impressive is the mushroom ravioli, which arrives on a plate as long as a canoe. Each generously stuffed parcel of al dente pasta basks in a creamy, cheesy sauce littered with soft mushroom slices that are eagerly collected with pinched clumps of peasant bread.

Likewise, the shrimp and artichoke dip is another smooth concoction peppered with juicy seafood under a springy layer of lightly grilled mozzarella, topped off with grated parmesan and accompanied by thin leaves of toasted bread. As the disembodied voice in the bathroom might have announced, ‘Bellissimo!’

The salmon dish lives up to its ‘simple’ tag. The fillet, which rests across several substantial spears of crunchy green asparagus, is appropriately crisped on the outside yet perfectly pink and moist within, while the lobster ravioli is packed with tender, sweet meat, but rather drenched in a slightly overpowering lemon butter sauce.

Shame about the rogue panna cotta and functional tiramisu. Other than the mediocre desserts, a surprising good meal can be had here.


By Jeremy Lawrence

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: Dubai Festival City Mall, Festival City, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 232 6001
  • Travel: Al Rebat Street
  • Website

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Maysoon on 27 Aug ' 12 at 07:25
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I love this restaurant. Everytime we go to dinner we order the same food. I can't get enough of their fried calamari and I love the steak! IT SUPER DELECIOUS and juicy.

I always recommend this restaurant to all my firneds.

Posted by: Shaikha on 17 Apr ' 12 at 23:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I love MG so much, and I go there like weekly, I can't get enough of that calamari its so yummy and fresh.
It's one of the best italian restaurants in Dubai that I'd go DAILY if I was living in Dubai.

Posted by: Ahmed on 01 Aug ' 11 at 19:08
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Food was absolutely awful. Lasagne tasted rubbery and had what appeared to be a can of tomatoes poured over the top. Seafood linguine was bland, bland, bland. On top of it all a small bottle of aqua panna costs 16dhs, blatant rip off.
Only good thing was the service, shame they were let down by the horrible food. I wouldn't bother visiting this restaurant again, clearly the chefs need retraining and should taste their own fare before serving it out to the unsuspecting public.

Posted by: Stephania on 16 Oct ' 10 at 15:28
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The food was horrible!! Cheap mince meat for the meatball sauce, ending up with very fatty sauce. The chicken and shrimp scalopini were swimming in butter, thats all I could taste! My son dropped a glass of coke and no one came to change the table cloth, and when we told the manager about it all he said he was sorry, and next time he would make sure we will be well taken care of! He didnt bother to offer an alternative for the food that we did not eat! He blamed the lack of alcohol in food preparation that is making the difference from here to the US, but i never put alcohol in my bolognese, and its a million times better than what was served to us today in Macaroni Grill!!
A far far cry from MG in the US!!

Posted by: abbasi on 02 Sep ' 10 at 06:59
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Offers the best Italian food

Posted by: Lena on 01 Sep ' 10 at 11:20
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Yummy food. Nice environment. One of our family's favorite places to eat.

Posted by: Stuts on 17 Aug ' 10 at 10:20
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I have been to Macaroni grill many times in USA and it is one of my fav restaurant. when I was about to try it here in Dubai, I was thinking, they might have different set up like other big American food chains. But I was wrong. We received the same attention and welcome. Waiter and manager were very polite and concern. we have wonderful delicious meal.
I would recommend this place to all Italian food lovers.

Posted by: Nelly on 14 Jun ' 10 at 06:42
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: MIke on 14 Jun ' 10 at 06:41
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best Italian Restaurant Ever

Posted by: Ahmed on 13 Jun ' 10 at 10:52
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

WOW

Posted by: PV on 06 Mar ' 10 at 10:52
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

tERRIBLE food.Who did this review ??? Cold pizzas,horrible chocolate cake...shocking for Time Out to give it any postivie reviews.

Posted by: Jamil Adas on 29 Jun ' 09 at 09:03
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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