Pompeii Italian Restaurant & Café

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If ever there was an ominous name to give an Italian restaurant, it’s Pompeii – a Roman city destroyed by the wrathful Mount Vesuvius volcano. This, of course, was of no concern to the waiter, who was more interested in what I wanted for my starter than a quick lesson in the classics. Slightly disappointed by the apathy of my audience, I stepped down from my soapbox and ordered a minestrone soup followed by a spicy chicken pizza.

The waiter looked relieved and scurried back behind the counter to relay my order. I, meanwhile, looked around Pompeii – at its impressive pizza oven centrepiece, faux-exposed brick feature walls, dark-wood finishing and strange two-tone bench that ran along the far wall. All things considered, the restaurant was rather handsome, and even boasted a couple of oversized replica Roman coins and red-figure pottery (circa 330BC, I noted, as I slurped my Fanta). Meanwhile, the staff appeared keen to please, albeit a tad unsure of themselves, which I put down to the restaurant having just opened. Nonetheless, a bread basket arrived on my table, as did an olive and chilli dip and a complimentary bottle of mineral water (a nice touch).

The minestrone soup, which followed soon after, was piping hot and swimming with onions, celery and carrots, though lacked the beans and pasta that would have lent it more authenticity (and more flavour). About halfway through my bowlful, I realised that I was the only one in the restaurant, so I had the undivided attention of the staff, who watched on tenterhooks every time I lifted the spoon to my lips. It was rather sweet, albeit quite disconcerting.

For all Pompeii’s classical references, make no mistake that it’s an Italian restaurant that veers towards the fast-food end of the spectrum. The menu is illustrated with ‘mouth-watering’ images of the dishes, which is why I was rather disappointed by the appearance of my spicy chicken. It certainly didn’t look unappetising, just nowhere near as appetising as the one I’d been promised in the picture. Yes, I could have ordered a more interesting pasta dish, but the fact remained that Pompeii’s purported speciality is pizza. And while the pizza wasn’t bad, it wasn’t special. The crust was slightly, well, crusty, the toppings could have been more generous, and the spice was disappointingly absent. How Pompeii’s dough-based creations will manage when pitted against other established outlets’ speedy and swift delivery service remains to be seen, but otherwise JLT has benefitted from a perfectly reasonable and affordable Italian restaurant – just don’t expect to have a Vesuvian-style reaction to the offerings on the menu.

The bill (for one)
1x Minestrone soup
Dhs20
1x Large spicy chicken pizza Dhs40
Total (excluding service) Dhs60

By Oliver Robinson
Time Out Dubai,

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

Details

  • Location: Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 453 9390
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Website

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Angus on 15 Apr ' 12 at 03:12
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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I have been a couple of times. The service was good, could have been a little better, but improved each time (it is a new independant restaurant so they can be forgiven for their minor opening issues). The pizzas are a nice change from the 'Big Chain' ones that put a thick layer of cheese on everything. The LASAGNE is AMAZING. Best in Dubai. Everyone should try it !!!! I haven't ordered take-out yet, but I'll update when i do. All in all a very good effort and a refreshing change for my pizza cravings.

Posted by: Umm Butti on 02 Apr ' 12 at 03:00
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I highly recommedn this resturants. Went with my husband and two sons. All loved the margarita pizza,vegetable pizza,penne arrabiatea pasta. The waitress was so friendly.They have different offers for their new opening.

Posted by: Umm Butti on 02 Apr ' 12 at 02:57
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I highly recommedn this resturants. Went with my husband and two sons. All loved the margarita pizza,vegetable pizza,penne arrabiatea pasta. The waitress was so friendly.They have different offers for their new opening.

Posted by: Darren on 02 Apr ' 12 at 02:50
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Been there twice to try out the menu and the overall ambience is great, nice stretched sofa and hand-wash area. Unfortunately, only 1-2 tables are occupied every time i was there.
I agree with the reviewer about his experience on the food. Pizza is average, pasta portions are fine but was bland to my liking. The risotto fungi is probably the best among the other things in the menu. The calamari portion for small for the price and was weirdly breaded.
Overall - average experience except for the ambience, relative to other JLT places.


Posted by: Carina Luz on 16 Mar ' 12 at 08:46

Went with my husband and my puppy to have something to eat, and as soon as we got there, i asked the waiter if we can seat outside with the puppy (corner table, in an empty restaurant with a quiet dog), which answered "yes, its no problem mam", but almost instantaneously a man came from the inside saying that the dog is not allowed!!
1st restaurant with outside area which is not dogs friendly!
Shame on them...definitely they've lost these clients (as a lot of other dog owners in JLT) and i don't really recomend!!

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