From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009Set on its own, midway between the beach and the hulking mass of the Westin, this attractive restaurant has an interesting menu and an easygoing vibe.
There’s a wide sunny terrace overlooking the pool, a formal arrangement downstairs and a rooftop pizzeria upstairs. Antipasti and starters include a spread of Italian cold cuts served on a canoe-shaped crispbread, or a creamy broccoli soup with porcini mushrooms, gnocchi and oozing balls of buffalo mozzarella.
The pasta options are some of the best in the city: for the daring, spaghetti cooked in sea water, with mullet roe and sea urchins (interesting, though inevitably salty; or to hit the spot every time, bucatini with pancetta, onion and tomatoes.
Thoughtful combinations thread through the entire menu, with fruit put to effective use in many of the secondi (mains), like scallops paired with peach, baby chicken with lemon. Service is leisurely though knowledgable. Definitely one to try.