Teatro Dubai: The foodie gem that’s been in business for 17 years and counting

Teatro Dubai first opened in 2001. Let’s just take a moment to salute that. There aren’t many restaurants in the UAE that can boast such longevity. By no means a “new gem”, Teatro Dubai is still the ultimate gem. Why? Because it’s a secret spot that those in the know come back to again and again. Join The Huntr as we present our full review…

Unlike many of the restaurants you will find on The Huntr’s pages, Teatro doesn’t have edgy, minimal or a contemporary aesthetic. This is largely thanks to the fact that it was built in 2001. It does, however,  have some serious cosy and welcoming vibes. Dimmed lighting, portraits of old Hollywood stars (Teatro is named after ‘theatre’) and elements of the Far East offer up a unique atmosphere. There’s an open kitchen next to the dining area, a sushi bar, a licensed drinks bar, impressive wine room, glass windows overlooking Sheikh Zayed Road, traditional, opulent chandeliers and a vintage playlist setting the mood.

Food-wise, part of Teatro’s charm (and probably longevity) is that there really is something for everyone here. The menu features Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Italian options and is one of the biggest we’ve ever seen. In an ode to its theatrical namesake, Teatro also offers a variety of set menus named after iconic plays with various ‘Acts’ in place of courses – such as the 3-course ‘Phantom of the Opera’ menu, which is priced at 275AED per person.

The Huntr visited for a weekend dinner. To start, we ordered the Combo Platter (165AED) from the Japanese section of the menu, which is comprised of 6 sushi rolls, 4 sashimi slices and 4 pieces of California Maki. It’s a great sharing starter and very well priced. We also ordered the Pizza Bianca Ai Funghi (V) (105AED), which features assorted mushrooms, garlic cream and truffle oil. Mama Mia! Don’t miss it. Lastly, we sampled the fresh and appetizing Som Thom (60AED) – a green papaya salad from Bangkok.

On to the main event and we were in a seafood mood. The Kung Pao Prawns (190AED) dish consists of stir-fried jumbo prawns with dried chilis and peanuts. The prawns were juicy and tasty and the dish comes with the perfect accompaniment: Jasmine rice. We also tried the Aragosta (170AED) – a pasta dish with lobster and pink sauce. It was delightful.

Drinks-wise, Teatro is fully licensed and offers a wide selection of beverages. We tried two delicious and refreshing fruity cocktails – the Passion Fruit Cocktail and the Passion Fruit Margherita and we thoroughly recommend both.

With no room for dessert it was time to say goodbye to the epic Teatro team. Our server Leah gave us great suggestions and an impeccable, swift service. The manager Pat made sure we were comfortable and taken care of throughout. And all and all Teatro is a surprisingly cosy and nostalgic spot and truly a Dubai gem. Plan a visit soon.

Insider tip: Teatro offers a special ‘Early Bird Dinner’ offer – 50% off food between 6-8.30pm, with last orders to the kitchen by 7.15pm. There’s a no-kids policy from 7pm onwards.

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