Try camel lasagna and samosa burrata at Dubai's GIA

It's part of an Emirati-Italian fusion menu at The Dubai Mall

Try camel lasagna and samosa burrata at Dubai's GIA
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The Dubai Mall’s Italian restaurant GIA has revealed what it claims is the UAE’s first-ever Italian-Emirati fusion menu for a limited time, featuring a combination of classic Italian flavours with ‘nostalgic’ Emirati dishes.

Available only until Wednesday February 12, the menu aims to ‘bring the best of both words under one roof’, and was created by GIA’s culinary team and Emirati chef, Faisal Mohammed Al Harmoodi.

Highlights from the menu include a samosa burrata, boasting a crunchy samosa with burrata, arrabiata sauce, along with tomato and pesto mint chutney.

There’s also the Salona risotto, served with Salona mushroom risotto, slow-cooked lamb shank and Emirati favourite daqoos, a spicy tomato and garlic sauce.

As for the biryani-lovers out there, the rigatoni biryani serves up rigatoni, grilled chicken breast, biryani sauce, green maabouj, daqoos, rgag, as well as pesto and mint chutney.

Foodies looking for a little more adventure can dig into the camel lasagna, with puffed lasagna layers filled with camel bolognese, Parmesan cheese and olive oil powder.

Fusion desserts are also on the menu, including the asida cannoli, a homemade Italian pastry filled with the Arabic asida, saffron mascarpone sauce and topped with pistachio. There’s even a ‘secret box’ featuring a mysterious concoction of Italian and Emirati sweets.

Ready for a collision of tastes? GIA is open daily from noon until 1am at Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall, ideal for a post- or pre-shopping treat.

If you’re keen to stick with one countries signature dishes, check out some of the best Italian and MENA restaurants Dubai has to offer.

Time for something new.
Prices vary. Until Wed Feb 12. Open daily noon-1am. Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall (04 234 9986).

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