Quattro Passi

Sleek new Italian occupying the higher-end of the spectrum
  • 1

Time Out Says

We reckon there are three different kinds of Italian restaurant. The old-school red chequered tablecloth kind (hello, Don Corleone); the funky type (we’re looking at you, MATTO) and the sleek, high-end spots (Cipriani, Roberto’s, Il Borro, The Artisan by Enoteca Pinchiorri). We can now add Quattro Passi to that last bunch.

It’s certainly a stylish place and knows it. However, some of the waiters could lay off the overbearing charm and instead listen to what you’re asking for (three waiters come to extol the virtues of the venue but none manage to bring a drinks list). Eventually one comes to the rescue and helps save the experience.

The menu will bring a smile to the faces of Italian food-lovers, though. Here we have a proper choice of antipasti, primi and secondi courses. Nothing seems too pricey for such a fancy dining room and what comes is pretty much very good in terms of presentation, texture and flavours.

Roasted octopus arrives looking like a work of art, with a touch of charring on the “polpo”, a swirl of green bean cream, tangy onion and crunchy corn.

Squid linguine is the highlight. The “pasta” is made from the squid itself and comes with passion fruit, potato and fish roe. It’s fishy, but the sweetness of the fruit balances it out nicely.

Mains of sea bass and lamb chops are also good. The amount of lamb on the latter is impressive, though some of the cutlets are a little overdone. And while the sea bass is cooked well, it’s a small portion so could do with a side to go with it.

The mandarin mousse dessert is a must, but, for a couple of scoops, the sorbet is overpriced.

While we can’t deny that Quattro Passi is impressive, sadly, we just don’t fall in love with it.

The bill (for two)

1x roasted octopus Dhs85
1x squid tagiatella Dhs80
1x seared sea bass Dhs185
1x roasted lamb chops Dhs185
1x mandarin mousse Dhs65
1x sorbet Dhs85
1x large water Dhs85
total (including service) Dhs770

The bottom line

A smart spot, but not overly special.

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 20 Jun 2017

Be the first to get all the latest Dubai news, reviews and deals into your inbox by signing up to our free newsletter, click here to sign up.


12:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday: 12:30 AM to 3:00 PM / 7:00 PM to 11:30 PMMonday: 12:30 AM to 3:00 PM / 7:00 PM to 11:30 PMTuesday: 12:30 AM to 3:00 PM / 7:00 PM to 11:30 PMWednesday: 12:30 AM to 3:00 PM / 7:00 PM to 11:30 PMThursday: 12:30 AM to 3:00 PM / 7:00 PM to 11:30 PMFriday: 12:30 AM to 3:00 PM / 7:00 PM to 11:30 PMSaturday: 12:30 AM to 3:00 PM / 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Show number 04 455 9988
Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Recommended for you in Restaurants

Sample the city's best baked delights with a variety of fillings

Keep your cool and indulge in something sweet

Try a new place to eat in Dubai's exclusive waterside neighbourhood

Where to sample the food of the Latin American country around town

Crunch your way through Dubai’s best purveyors of healthy food

Our food ed rounds up the best menu's at this annual festival of dining