Scalini Dubai: A full deck of 9s for London’s iconic Italian restaurant

Credited with starting London’s love affair with Italian food (Scalini was one of the UK capital’s only Italian restaurants when it first opened in 1988), Scalini Dubai was the iconic eatery’s first international outpost. With additional branches now in Riyadh and Doha, find out why your friends at The HUNTR have scored Scalini Dubai a rare full deck of 9s here…

Located inside the Four Seasons’ illustrious Restaurant Village, Scalini Dubai has its own adorable elevator, which takes you down to the restaurant. There’s a sunlit terrace featuring cosy corners and greenery, with a bar at the back and the main restaurant offers a plethora of seating options for small and large groups. Family-friendly, classy yet not at all stuffy, Scalini is the perfect place to host a client lunch, a family gathering, or celebrate a special occasion. It is also extra romantic by candlelight.

The menu features an array of iconic Italian dishes for lunch or dinner – antipasti, salads, soups, pizza, pasta, seafood, meat and poultry and everything in between. There are ample options for vegetarians too (although vegan options are limited).

The HUNTR visited Scalini for a weekend lunch. We whetted our appetite with the complimentary house-made bread basket before diving headfirst into what we are now calling “one of the best burratas in town.” Burrata di Andria (210AED) is worth every fil and features the queen of cheese from Puglia and it’s absolutely heaven in every bite. Plus the Avocado Caldo (125AED) a baked avocado with crab dressed in a creamy cheese sauce, sliced by the waiter at the table, it’s fresh and tasty and also a must-order.

Onto the main courses and we opted for the simple yet flavourful Spaghetti all’Astice (175AED), which is Scalini’s signature spaghetti with tomato sauce and lobster. Plus the Pizza al Tartufo (165AED) a decadent pizza with white creamy sauce, soft, chewy, and cheesy and topped with grated truffle. Divine. Plus the Filetto di Manzo (360AED) – a must order for steak lovers, which encompasses 250grams of sliced Wagyu beef fillet cooked in a Josper oven with peppercorn sauce. For the side, we shared the Patate al Rosmarino (30AED) – sauteéd potatoes with rosemary, the perfect accompaniment to steak.

To end one of the best Italian meals we have enjoyed in Dubai and in fact the UAE, on a sweet note, we ordered the Tiramisu (60AED), which is faultless and worth every calorie.

Scalini’s bar is fully licensed and offers an array of dazzling alcoholic and non-alcoholic creations. We tried and loved the Hibiscus Spritz (80AED) –Aperol, hibiscus syrup, grapefruit juice, and Ruggeri prosecco. And the Pesca Spritz (85AED) – Aperol, Limoncello, peach puree, and Ruggeri Prosecco.

So. What are you waiting for? You’re craving Italian food and you know exactly where to head. Race you there…

Insider tips: Valet parking available at the Restaurant Village. Open daily from 12noon until 1am. Dress to impress.

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