Is that this Italian establishment nonetheless value a go to seven years after opening?
Earlier than we’ve even arrived at Roberto’s model new Friday brunch, we’re followers. For many brunches, you’ll must arrive promptly between 12pm and 1pm (relying on their begin time) to maximise your brunching time, however for Roberto’s it’s a leisurely 3pm arrival time.
We forgo a seat on the terrace with its lovely Burj Khalifa views for a barely cooler seat inside, because it’s nonetheless a contact too humid for alfresco eating on our go to. However within the winter season, it’d positively be our first alternative.
The brunch is described as a basic sharing menu, and a look to the menu actually affirms that description. Company get pleasure from a number of starters to share, then choose an a la carte principal from a alternative of three meat, three seafood and three vegetarian choices, with a candy deal with from the pastry chef ending issues on a candy notice.
Starters kick issues off on the usually excessive commonplace we’ve come to count on from Roberto’s. 5 sharing antipaso arrive in succession, with heaped bowls of crunchy fried calamari and completely plated burrata with ripe vine tomatoes agency favourites, however we don’t dislike something. The Pizza Roberto’s is a signature: a crispy base topped with slithers of beef carpaccio, topped with truffle shavings and beneficiant heaps of rocket, whereas a lighter choice comes within the type of a child lettuce salad with mandarin slices, pine nuts and drizzled with honey mustard dressing.
A second course arrives within the type of two pasta dishes; a porcini mushroom risotto and tortelli arabbiata, given a punchy flavour because of a tomato sauce with hints of chili. There’s greater than sufficient to go round, and it’s a welcome interlude between starters and mains, and it takes a whole lot of would possibly to not refill on the creamy risotto earlier than the subsequent course arrives.
It’s a powerful alternative for mains, and whereas we go for the breaded goats cheese, we enviably eye up the Bistecca, a charcoal grilled angus rib eye with stuffed bell peppers. The menu is extra adventurous than we count on, and we welcome the brand new additions which have leaned away from Roberto’s conventional Italian menu to swimsuit a extra international viewers.
A particular point out needs to be given to the pleasant waiter who self-titles himself ‘Pepper Bae’ (a nod to the notorious Salt Bae), who brings across the largest pepper grinder we’ve ever seen to complete visitors’ dishes as requested.
Whereas brunch isn’t the busiest, the venue fills up on the bar because the solar units, and as Roberto’s strikes into its night service, the venue comes alive.
Meals high quality isn’t compromised regardless of being served for brunch, drinks are intensive and for a 4 hour bundle, total we go away impressed – and really full.
Roberto’s, Gate Village 1, DIFC, Dubai, Fri 3pm to 7pm, Dhs315 gentle, Dhs465 home. Tel: (04) 386 00 66. robertos.ae