Award-winning seaside Italian restaurant with reasonable prices
Time Out Dubai staff
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011
If you’re hankering for Italian food but can’t choose between a casual, rustic pizza or a more upmarket, fine-dining affair, Bussola is your go-to spot. The venue, nestled amid the Westin’s lush gardens and multiple pools, boasts an open-air terrace upstairs, offering panoramic views of the ocean and Palm Jumeirah. Prices up here are reasonable for a hotel restaurant, with authentic wood-fired pizzas setting you back about Dhs60. In the mood for upscale pasta and meat? Opt for Bussola’s chic downstairs incarnation; if you still want the open-air dining experience, there’s a large terrace boasting the same dramatic views. Service is efficient and unintrusive, and the candlelit tables and soft evening breeze fuel the romantic atmosphere. Pasta traditionalists may be disappointed by the menu’s lack of bog-standard bolognese and carbonara options, but the creative dishes on offer (everything from suckling pig to rack of lamb, fresh fish and home-made ravioli) should appease even the most demanding. If we have one niggle, it’s that the portions are fairly small, but on the plus side you’ll avoid the usual Italian carb overload and you’ll have plenty of room for dessert.