Ravioli & Co brunch review

Quite simply some of the best Italian food you’ll find at any brunch in town

Food
Let’s start by pointing out one thing: this brunch is an absolute culinary force. Quite simply, the array of dishes and quality of food on offer is absolutely outstanding. But more on that to come later.
At Ravioli & Co in DIFC, you will be treated to a world-class display of Italian grub, up there with the most authentic we’ve tried.
This traditional trattoria has a quaint charm, and provides a brilliantly family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of options to interest the little ones’ palettes.
Run by all-Italian staff, authentic dishes here are designed to transport you to the rolling hills of Italy. Gentle Italian music creates a soft ambience while a selection of plates arrive to begin our meal. A traditional bruschetta, veal meatballs with a marinara sauce, beautifully crispy seafood calamari, baked mushrooms in a cream sauce and a simple-yet-effective caprese salad get us underway.
Our next stop takes in two pasta dishes each (yes, each). We choose the lamb ragu with pappardelle, home-made lasagne, the aubergine and mozzarella ravioli, and the cappellacci (another form of ravioli, but it’s in the name, so why not?) with porcini mushrooms and pumpkin. It’s way too much food, but when it’s this good, we’re happy to wolf it down.
A grilled tenderloin steak is tasty and tender and marks the end of our savoury scoffing. We somehow save room for the trio of desserts, however, to sate our sweet needs – a delightfully moreish tiramisu, profiteroles and crema Catalana.
It’s indulgent and it’s a treat – a family-friendly sharing feast, Italian-style.
“We don’t often eat like this,” says our waiter, noting that such a feast is usually reserved for Christmas. In which case, we wish it could be Christmas every day.
Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs289 (house grape), Dhs349 (sparkling grape). Fri noon-4pm. Burj Daman, DIFC (04 241 1616).

The bottom line
For food-loving families, this brunch is superb.

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