With summer round the corner, we all know that weekend options become a little more limited – whatever the time of year, you can always guarantee that a good brunch will ensure the weekend is full of fun and food, so with that in mind we checked out Roberto’s Friday brunch to see if their seafood tower lived up to expectations.
Nestled in the shadows of the Burj Khalifa and in the heart of DIFC’s gate village, Roberto’s reputation of refined setting and quality cuisine promised an upmarket affair. Known for seamlessly drawing from old and new, classic and modern, traditional and contemporary, Roberto’s food has always been sought after – the question was, did the food, atmosphere and overall experience tick all our brunch boxes?
Arriving a shade after 12, we were greeted warmly and led through the sleek and elegant venue, with shades of grey interspersed with pops of purple and orange, now synonymous with Roberto’s classy and chic style. Seated comfortably in the lounge with the French windows open, giving our table un-interrupted views (we all know it’s getting a bit warm for al fresco dining at the moment), the relaxed atmosphere quickly got us in the swing of things, with a cool breeze coupled with classic drinks, warm service and large lounge seats accompanied by chilled out tunes from DJ Margarita, popping bottles and clinking glasses.
We begin (as all brunches should) with a trolley of freshly baked breads straight from Roberto’s in-house bakery. The selection was extensive and included focaccia, walnut and tomato variants — you name it, they had it! Selecting the ‘Andiamo’ package, which provided house beverages and selected cocktails in addition to table service for all dishes; we started our Italian adventure with the infamous seafood platter – a tower of food so good that we spent the next 10 minutes fighting over crab claws and lobster legs.
Overflowing with amazing crustaceans, there were juicy oysters, mussels and poached prawns, intertwined with tuna tartare and salmon ceviche, arranged charmingly in a glass tower – a great start to proceedings. A mixture of hot and cold antipasti swiftly followed, with our favourites including the mozzarella sticks and bowl of clams. There was also a garden salad (which was hardly touched sadly) and a small portion of crunchy calamari.
Having shared appetizers, main courses were ordered a la carte. Having to choose from a well rounded selection of Italian favourites, we opted for the Veal Parmigiana, which provided an amazing mix of cheese and tomato melted around a juicy veal escalope; and the Mushroom Risotto which was creamy and packed with truffles and porcini mushrooms – a true taste of Italia!
The team, who were attentive from start to finish, could sense we were struggling with the sheer amount of food, so a short break ensued before the Desert Platter arrived, providing some of the most heavenly chocolate ice cream we have ever tasted alongside a variety of sweet and sticky Italian deserts (which as you can imagine, really did finish us off).
With a firm focus on food, this sophisticated and laid back affair is one to be savoured and enjoyed – it really sparkles above the rest of the ‘standard’ brunches on offer in Dubai and ticks all our Italian boxes!
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