Basta Dubai: Delicious Italian food in a relaxed setting

Looking for a casual but elegant spot to enjoy delicious Italian food in the Burj Khalifa Area? You’ve found your place. Say hello to Basta Dubai and join The Huntr as we present our full review…

BASTA! by David Myers is a relatively new addition to the Dubai dining scene. The brainchild of celebrity chef and restaurateur David Myers, Basta fills a good gap too – a family-friendly, relaxed spot with delicious but simple Italian cuisine, that’s licensed, good for big groups and a casual weeknight, but still special enough to enjoy with important clients or to celebrate a birthday. There aren’t that many places that tick all of those boxes around town.

Basta is a pretty big place. There’s a large outdoor dining seating area with views of the surrounding canal, a relaxed outdoor lounge area with comfy couches to enjoy bar snacks and drinks, and then within the restaurant, a compact and pretty little bar with bar stool seating and an indoor dining area flanked by a huge portrait of Sophia Loren and massive high ceilings. The kitchen is all open and features a nice big pizza oven, live cooking station, and even a special bar dedicated to coffee.

The Huntr visited on a Wednesday evening and found the restaurant to be perfectly buzzing – not too busy, and not too quiet. After enjoying some pre-dinner drinks with water views outside, it was time for dinner. To start we whetted our appetite with complimentary focaccia bread. From the ‘Antipasti’ selection of the menu we sampled the Garlic Bread (42AED) and the Beef Carpaccio (74AED) from the ‘Raw & Cured’ section. The garlic bread was epic, and more like a garlicky Margherita pizza – it went perfectly with the beef carpaccio, which was super fresh and light and comes served with shaved raw mushrooms, rocket leaves, lemon and parmesan. Onto the main event and it was time for two signature Italian dishes – Spaghetti Meatball (85AED) and Lasagne (89AED). The spaghetti meatball features one gloriously sizable meatball packed with flavour and perfectly cooked spaghetti smothered in a rich tomato sauce. The lasagne is served deconstructed and was easily one of the best things we tried – don’t miss it. We also shared the Chef’s Selection Butcher’s Cut (186AED), which comes with pickled onions and rocket – the meat was tender, flavourful and moreish.

To finish, we shared two signature desserts – the Tiramisu (38AED) and the Strawberry Granite (38AED). The latter of which was a clear winner, thanks to its unusual ingredients of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, which oddly go perfectly with the sweet cream and the tart strawberries.

Basta is fully licensed and serves a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The service was second-to-none. Our waiter Juan was polite, knowledgeable and really made the experience. All and all Basta is a must-visit, whether you fancy an easy-going dining experience with your nearest and dearest, or you want to make use of the beautiful outdoor area and chill with some drinks, it’s a great all-rounder and a strong addition to Business Bay’s restaurant scene.

Insider tip: Carry on the party at the secret upstairs bar. Ask for Poppy and find out more exclusively with The Huntr here. Bookings recommended for peak times and large groups. If the weather is nice, book an outside table – smoking and non-smoking options are available. Inside at Basta! is strictly non-smoking throughout. There’s a daily happy hour called ‘Basta! Aperitivo’ between 5-7pm which gets you 2 drinks and an antipasti dish for 68AED.

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