Vivaldi

Imaginative Italian food with superb creek views

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008

The unfashionable Deira-side location probably counts against Vivaldi, and the garish mock-Venetian wall paintings won’t register highly on any barometer of taste, but set these quibbles aside and you’ll find cuisine that surpasses the high-water mark practically every time.

The carpaccio di manzo starter consists of meltingly delicate tracing-paper-thin circles of beef drizzled in lemon oil, accompanied by fresh and tangy leaves of rocket. Mains are equally enthralling and imaginative – a grilled beef tenderloin with foie gras, potato skins and masala wine sauce may sound like a bit of a jumble, but with each element playing to its full potential the ingredients come together to make an unstoppable team.

Similarly, the combination of lamb with pear compote – a risky looking blend at first – proves a successful fusion of flavours.

Finish with a giant slice of tiramisu, which arrives with a fin of white chocolate, fresh strawberries and a pot of creamy sauce, and you’ll be given extra cause to congratulate yourself for plumping for Vivaldi’s instead of its more vaunted competitors.

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