Armani/Ristorante

High-end Italian dishes in an elegant setting, but with a price tag to match
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Time Out Says

Armani. Just the name alone creates images of classic, upmarket interiors, tailored clothing and high-end glamour. And that’s what you get at the Armani Hotel. It’s luxurious, it’s moody and it feels refined.

Armani/Ristorante is the same. It helps, of course, that it’s nestled at the base of the world’s tallest building and boasts stunning views of The Dubai Fountain.

This Italian is the ideal restaurant for a treat – and treat it will be, as have no doubt, along with high-end décor and a world-class setting comes comparable pricing.

As we’re settled into a massive cream leather banquette, we peruse the menu and tuck into the bread basket (an inventive and tasty selection, of which the goat’s cheese croissant is a highlight).

And despite being seasoned Dubaians, we can’t help but still be awed whenever the Fountain springs to life.

However, for a restaurant with such a slick appearance, the service, surprisingly, doesn’t quite match. At best, it’s haphazard, at worst disappointing.

What isn’t disappointing, however, is the food. We opt for burrata and giant prawns to start, both of which are excellent. Creamy burrata comes with chunks of juicy, sweet tomato, while the succulent prawns sit on a bed of vibrant crushed peas.

Everything is beautifully presented, as you’d expect from a brand renowned for aesthetics.

We move on to a delightfully tender beef cheek that falls apart at first sight of the knife and lobster spaghetti which is tasty, but a tad chewy (both the shellfish and the pasta).

A live singer is a nice touch, but the vibe never quite feels relaxed. But if it’s a special meal on a big occasion you’re looking for, then the food and setting won’t let you down, just make sure your wallet’s prepared.

The Bill (for two)
1x gamberi Dhs135
1x burrata Dhs110
1x lobster spaghetti Dhs200
1x guancia Dhs200
1x La Sfera Dhs100
1x still water Dhs35
Total (including service) Dhs780

The bottom line
Delightful dishes and top location.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 11 Sep 2017

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Details

FacilitiesDine In
Payment OptionsCash, Credit Card
CuisinesItalian
Dress CodeAfter Six
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMMonday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMTuesday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMWednesday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMThursday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMFriday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PMSaturday: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Show number 04 888 3666
Dubai, Downtown Dubai, Lobby Level, Armani Hotel Dubai, 1 Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
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