Armani/Deli

Armani's newest Friday feast has highs and lows 16 Reviews

Meal Deal
Pronto lunch

A deal of signatures from the Italian menu. Dhs130 (two courses), Dhs160 (three courses) Timings: Noon-3pm (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Friday brunch

The Friday Vita brunch offers a different brunch concept whereby guests can join any time between noon until 11pm and enjoy three hours of non-stop Italian food and drink. Dhs260 (soft drinks), Dhs360 (selected house beverages and sparkling grape) Timings: Noon-11pm (Friday)

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Already a curious mix of high-end restaurant and deli lunch spot, I was hugely intrigued by how dining hybrid Armani/Peck would handle its new brunch: would they go buffet, or à la carte? As my date and I were steered to our table at a window overlooking beautiful views of the Dubai Fountain, I was given my answer: both. The meal kicks off with access to the deli section, before attention is switched to a menu featuring classic Italian starters and mains.

As my date and I shuffled along the stations, pointing out our choices of salads, breads and cheeses through glass display counters, I couldn’t help but feel as though I was eating at a sandwich shop. Luckily, this slightly surreal feeling was usurped by a selection worthy of the famous Milanese deli brand. What’s more, most of the counters were staffed by bona-fide Italians (a nice touch), who will patiently talk guests through the selection before bringing it to the table whenever you so desire. I opted for classic tomato and mozzarella, carpaccio with cold sautéed mushrooms and parmesan shavings, oven-dried tomatoes and an olive bread so tasty that it presented the very real danger I would fill myself up before my mains arrived.

We then headed for the restaurant’s all-encompassing pork room, which features prosciutto, cooked ham and a variety of salamis – including a chilli variety – but even one of the senior chefs commented that the room could do with a dash of background music: I could have cut the atmosphere with his carving knife.

I began my à la carte selection with a lasagne that, while tasty, contained far too much salt and was swimming in béchamel sauce – a tad more tomato would have helped carry the flavour of the minced beef. My date opted for a thick, sieved tomato soup, which was possibly the simplest yet tastiest thing we ate all day. Veal with fontina cheese was the stand-out main, even after my mispronunciation of the name was snootily corrected, and the sautéed spinach was perfect – just the right amount of garlic and not too much butter – although the lamb skewers were all but incinerated.

An apple tart that promised greatness proved to taste too strongly of rosemary, but the cheesecake was exemplary, and we followed our dessert with delicious pecorino cheese (watch that one – it’s easy to get carried away) as Italian bubbly continued to flow freely from bottles grasped by cheery and helpful staff. Hit and miss would be an unfair assessment of the brunch, but for every wonderful dish on the menu, there seems to be another that will leave you feeling rather unsatisfied.

By Jamie Goodwin
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Sheila on 18 Jun ' 13 at 16:17
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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We had a wonderful time having a Friday Vita Brunch there, staffs were absolutely friendly and helpful, chefs kept recommending different antipasti and desserts to us, it has a stunning view of the fountain from the restaurant. Food is delicious, and I highly recommend my friends to go and I'll definitely go again for more brunches and the Pronto lunch!

Posted by: paul on 28 Mar ' 13 at 19:22
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

great food. amazing desserts. friendly service. we loved this restaurant

Posted by: Stephen on 09 Sep ' 12 at 15:18
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The best Italian in town! No doubts! If you want to have simply the best food just go there, absolutely worth for money!
I went there couple of days ago and the chef told me they were opened since few days because they were closed for Ramadam, the restaurant has the best view on the fountain, and you can clearly see what you eat as they have all the food displayed. I had their signature veal Milanes and the linguine ale vongolle, nothing compared to all the other places in Dubai. If you have chance and you eat pork, visit their pork room! The chef brought me there and we had an aperitifs inside this room. I m going back to try their brunch! Keep you posted!

Posted by: Yasmene Aweti on 27 Mar ' 12 at 02:12
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I first went to Peck for brunch with my sister and her fiancé (who is an Italian foodie), I loved it so much I have been back several times in the last few months & I am planning to go again this weekend!

I would rate Peck as my favourite Italian restaurant in Dubai and it certainly lives up to the Armani Hotel standards.

The food is always fantastic and I would highly recommend the fresh mozzarella while you are enjoying your starters

At a very affordable price Peck most definitely stands out amongst any other Dubai restaurant for me because of the fantastic service from Andrea & the team.

Posted by: Sara Aweti on 03 Jan ' 12 at 02:25
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A fantastic Italian restaurant!

I have visited this restaurant several times for dinner and also once for brunch. Every time i have been, the service has been fantastic (Andrea in particular) and the food ,,,, simply amazing! I particularly reccommend the mushroom and truffle risotto and the fillet steak, both dishes better than any other you can get in Dubai..

Posted by: Jo on 21 Oct ' 11 at 17:44
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Simply lovely!

Posted by: Guy on 20 Oct ' 11 at 08:30
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Special place, amazing food, beautiful views and wonderful staff, take the 3 hour foodie option.

Posted by: fiona on 20 Oct ' 11 at 08:13
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

My new favourite hangout... I love Peck - the decor, food, service and the amazingly informative and interactive chefs always make it a pleasure, for me it's S&TC meets Mad Men styling with a bit of 60s Milan thrown in. I've done afternoon coffee (amazing coffees and patisseries), a birthday lunch (a lingering affair fueled by arguably the best bellinis in town), a busines lunch (a quick and tasty lunch which proved perfect for impressing my client) and a couple of weeks ago i bit the bullet and bought a load of deli hams and antipasti for a dinner party, it was worth every penny ;). Each time I've been to Peck I've been really well looked after and had a great meal - the only thing i think they need to work on is the music - which was sometimes fab and other times not quite right.
Next up - the brunch.

Posted by: Dani C on 20 Oct ' 11 at 07:37
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

After hearing about this gem through a friend - I took my visiting mother and partner to Peck for the Friday 3 hour prosecco package and we all thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to go back with more friends.

The food was delicious, the chefs were full of information on the products that we wanted to know more about.

We could view the fountains through the window, which pleased my tourist mum no end.

So much selection to choose from for the starter. The pork room was amazing - the best ham I have ever tasted!

We never saw a 200aed pasta dish on the a la carte menu, so not sure what the review from Samer is referring to. It was really good value for money!

We will definitely go back!

Posted by: Samer on 06 Oct ' 11 at 22:05
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

the worst Italian wannabe restaurant by far. The prices of the menu were jacked up. We ordered the sharing portion which the waiter explained that they are enough for 2.5 pax. We were surprised to get small portions. When we tried to explain to the waiter that these cannot be the sharing portion (which by the way cost AED200 for a pasta dish), he gave us a confident answer that these ARE INDEED the sharing portions. after 5 minutes he came back and apologized and promised to get us the the rest of the portions separately. Did I mention that our food took 1 hour to be served and we didnt even order appetizers. Long story short, "the rest of the sharing portion" came which by the way was terrible quality food and the chef came out to apologise and offered us free dessert. when we got the final bill, we found out that they charged us for the dessert.

From start to finish, it was a terrible experience, over-priced food, and terrible and slow service and the food is really bad quality. I believe that Alforno delivery pasta is far more superior.

The only thing you get at Peck is waiters wearing black Armani ties and with Italian accents. Do not wish for anything more. If you are happy to pay AED200 for a tastless pasta with tomato dish that will take an hour to be serviced to you by a waiter with Italian accent then pECK IS YOUR PLACE.

Posted by: Rebecca on 27 Jul ' 11 at 10:14
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Went after reading about the Time Out Summer Deal for 195 per head and it was fantastic. The food was fresh and light and well cooked with great flavours and I would definitely go again as even without the special promotion, the prices were very reasonable.
The seafood salad had big pieces of fresh seafood and the steaks were juicy with delicious accompaniments.
The deserts were very sweet but tasty.
Only complaint is the restaurant was not that busy and that lead to the staff being rather over attentive with 5 different waiting staff plus the chef visiting our table which was slightly annoying but wouldnt put me off a return visit. Great for taking guests as you have a direct view of the Dubai Fountains.

Posted by: ismael on 18 Jul ' 11 at 07:13
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Michael on 10 Jul ' 11 at 07:38
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The Chef is just great! I m a Burj Khalifa resident and whenever i go there, he makes me feel good.

Posted by: Joshua on 29 Jun ' 11 at 08:33
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I think it s not a very well known place yet, but for sure if you go there you will not be disappointed. i received a friendly service and very gentle manner of approach from the staff. Food is superb, specially the lasagna was yummy. I met the chef, he is not the most italian looking person in the city but he was very funny and of course gave me the right suggestions for my choice. Overall i very much enjoyed my dinner there.

Posted by: Christian on 22 Jun ' 11 at 14:05
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

To be honest I did not expect I would be so positive impressed from this restaurant as I been there last year but it did not satisfy me. Service as before still the worst part in the restaurant but food has really changed and seems to be really competitive with the other italians restaurant. The chef approached my table and he was very helpfull in the choice of the menu, he seems to be really good and I think that is what made the difference from my first to my second visit in Peck. I really suggest people to go there!

Posted by: milan on 16 Feb ' 11 at 08:38
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Nothing to do with the real thing you find in Milan.

- quality is low
- service bad
- ambiance boring

Ciao Giovanni

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