Our favourite time of the year is back and the 2016 Dubai Food Festival promises to be even better with the launch of Dubai Restaurant Week.
Residents and visitors to Dubai alike will be treated with special set menus from the cities best loved eateries, such as Alta Badia located in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, which will showcase the culinary flair of the talented chefs behind each restaurant as well as offer discounts on the menu.
Now, Alta Badia has always been a bit of a favourite of ours; found on the 50th floor of Jumeirah Emirates Towers in DIFC, this upscale restaurant and bar offers the perfect blend of truly authentic Italian cuisine served against a backdrop of jaw-dropping views out across the Dubai skyline. It’s a venue where the ambience and warm service exude the essence of Italy, it’s sophisticated without being stuffy, romantic without being pretentious. In short, it’s a hidden gem.
We popped in (and up) for a preview of their Dubai Restaurant Week menu to see what diners can expect.
Alta Badia’s a la carte menu is inspired by the heights of the Italian Dolomites in the northernmost part of the country and stays true to its core with honest Italian dishes that are not only a pleasure to eat but also aesthetically beautiful. The chefs are noticeably skillful in their clever use of ingredients and flavours with a wide range of signature and classic dishes that will suit almost every palette.
*dishes from the a la carte menu shown
For this unique week Alta Badia has designed an exclusive one of a kind menu which best showcases its unique Ladin cuisine, native to the Dolomites region, something that the staff here are very passionate about. Dining at Alta Badia is as much an education as it is a great Thursday evening out, there is substance behind the restaurant concept, which can be something of a rarity when a new dining hotspot seemingly opens each and every week.
Not normally ones for restricted set menus, we approached Alta Badia’s offering with skepticism, which was duly silenced upon first glance. To start you are treated to Insalata Anatra Affumicata e Pere or smoked duck breast with pear salad to the non-Italians amongst us. Fine, thinly cut pieces of rich, red duck breast were perfectly placed on a bed of greens adorned with strategic slices of pear for a hearty yet fresh take on an entrée. This is followed by Risotto ai Funghi Selvatici (wild mushroom risotto with pecorino cheese), this is a great dish for vegetarians and places an emphasis on rice led dishes which are a staple of Northern Italy. Of course, carnivores amongst you need not panic for dishes from the al la carte menu can be substituted at an additional cost. If all this hearty Italian food hasn’t left you full you must leave room for desert which comes in the form of Crostata di Frutta (Fruit tart with wild berries and lemon sorbet) and is absolutely delicious. A light and fluffy desert to perfectly round off a great meal, a combination of sweet and savoury.
Additionally, during Dubai Food Festival which runs from February 25-March 12th, Alta Badia will be offering a ‘Signature Taste’ dish that reflects the culinary identity of the restaurant; Risotto ai Frutti di Mare or Seafood risotto is the dish du jour for 2016, a creamy mix of rice and freshly prepared seafood.
Signature dishes are Alta Badia’s forte and if you get the chance to dine here outside of restaurant week then you must try the Creste di Coda di Bue which translates to the most incredible braised oxtail ravioli with parmesan sauce, black truffle and asparagus.
Your night doesn’t have to end at desert for ascend up the winding glass staircase to the Alta Badia Bar on the 51st floor to continue your night in elegance.
Alta Badia’s Dubai Restaurant Week menu is available from February 25 through to March 12th. Open Daily for lunch (excluding Sunday) and dinner.
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