Despite being better known for its highbrow eateries, there’s no denying that eating out in Dubai means exploring one of the most diverse and delicious destinations on earth. There’s also no denying that we are home to some of the best restaurants in the world — the city’s first Michelin Guide included 44 Michelin-selected restaurants and 14 Bib Gourmand restaurants, with nine restaurants awarded one Michelin Star and two deemed worthy of two Michelin Star recognition.
One of these is Il Ristorante — Niko Romito at Bulgari Resort Dubai, headed up by Chef Giacomo Amicucci and promising an intimate, romantic dining experience in a space punctuated with black and white photos of Italian movie stars. In clement weather, the terrace overlooking the marina is a dreamy spot to enjoy sophisticated yet modern Italian dishes including glazed eggplant, tomato, basil, capers and olives, tubettoni pasta with zucchini, mint and parmesan and Italian milk-fed veal Milanese style. For the full experience, plump for the ‘Degustazione’ menu.
The Hotel: Bulgari Resort Dubai
The antithesis to Dubai’s ubiquitous skyscraper hotels thanks to its low-rise, Mediterranean-style design, the plush Buglari Resort Dubai has been crafted with the same level of precision as a House high jewellery piece. Home to 101 rooms, all with sea, marina or skyline views, plus 20 villas with pools and gardens, guests can enjoy everything from huge walk-in wardrobes to handcrafted Italian furniture, cashmere blankets and Carrara marble bathrooms complete with rain showers and freestanding tubs. Kids are treated like VIPs too, making it the perfect spot for a fun and stylish family staycation. Jumeirah Bay Island, Dubai. Book Now
- Words by Sophia Serin