Question: does Dubai need another Italian restaurant?
Answer: When they’re this good, yes.
I truly never tire of Italian dishes, and JLT’s Manzoni Bistro & Bar did not disappoint. Location in Cluster T’s Pullman Dubai, the cute little eatery is tucked away on the ground floor of the five-star hotel, which always gets the evening off to a good start because there’s no faffing around getting lost in our scorching hot concrete jungle – although my #OOTD shot above may imply otherwise.
We took to our table and ordered a round of aperitivos – no surprises I was on the Aperol. Our starters – a selection sharing nibbles – came out thick and fast from the kitchen. We polished off every morsel of our burrata, octopus carpaccio, croquettes, olives and fresh bread dunked in plenty of balsamic vinegar and oil.
I don’t think I could have chosen a better main course (although I am definitely planning a second trip to try those delicious looking pizzas): slow-cooked lamb shank swimming in a pool of creamy gravy and topped off with a healthy dose of seasonal veggies. Ed had the burrata and truffle ravioli, which he let me try and subsequently gave me serious food envy – another must-order dish on our next visit!
We finished our meal with a crème brûlée and gelato, however I was quickly distracted by the pop-up cocktail bar that had been setup for ladies night – an offer I couldn’t not share with Design & Conquer readers. Every Tuesday, Manzoni Bistro & Bar offers ladies three free cocktails and 40% off the bar bites menu – molto bene, if you ask me!
For more information and bookings please call +971 4 567 1100