Luxebook September 2023

Il Pastaio If you’re craving authentic Italian food in Dubai, LA’s famed Il Pastaio in Al Habtoor City is a great place to visit. This is the restaurant’s first and only location outside the US and does surprisingly well to match its LA counterpart. The décor is classic and elegant, as one would expect from an Italian restaurant – neutral colours, contrasting décor and ambient lighting layer in the interiors. Dinners are extra special at the restaurant with sweet Italian melodies in the form of live music. The menu, helmed by Chef Diego Simonetta, is classically Italian with popular favourites like the burrata, crisp arancini, minestrone soup and osso buco veal shanks. Every pasta dish on the menu is made with fresh pasta dough, and the uncooked pasta hanging in the centre of the dining room in testament to that. One of the dishes on the menu, interestingly is named after Canadian popstar, Justin Bieber. We’re talking about the Paccheri alla Justin Bieber, that was originally whipped up at the restaurant’s LA outpost and was made using a special spicy tomato sauce. The desserts, too, are a special delight, and the tiramisu and panna cotta are a must for anyone who loves a good Italian sweet treat. La Maison Ani Dubai has a sizeable handful of celebrity chefs with Michelin star restaurants, but Chef Izu Ani triumphs them all. He is often regarded as a remarkable icon in Dubai’s culinary scene, and with good reason. Chef Izu currently has a total of six restaurants in Dubai including Alaya, Carine, Eunoia by Carine, Gaia, Kai Enzo and La Maison Ani. The last one is the newest of them all and is yet already among the city’s top restaurants. The French restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Dubai mall and has some of the chicest décor. The theme is Inspired by Jardin Du Palais, a garden located in the heart of Paris; and so the interiors are decorated with warm, vibrant colours, and natural elements like French flowers and green African palms to give it a “…an Effortlessly Elegant Surrounding”. Relaxed French Cuisine is what the menu has been described as, although the restaurant is said to be an exploration of the cultures, passion and people that helped shape Chef Izu’s creativity. The menu combines French-Mediterranean cuisine with a British and African influence. You can find easy-going meals like a burrata salad, Diavola pizza which is made with Chef Izu’s special recipe of an authentic tomato sauce, or the yellowtail ceviche with tiger’s milk. The desserts are inspired by Chef Izu’s time in France; both the warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream and vanilla crème brulee are a rich, indulgent delight and a must for all sweet toothers! traditional Persian tea that is best enjoyed with sweet and flaky baklava. Cé La Vi Dubai If you want to eat at a restaurant with delicious food, a chic ambience and a great view, then Cé La Vi will not disappoint. A rooftop venue, the contemporary Asian restaurant borrows from Southeast Asia’s artistic influences be it the region’s artworks, carvings, paintings or even temples.If you love sky-high views,the restaurant is located on 54th floor, and guests can sit on the terrace, although its scorching during the summer. But getting a picture is a must and the adorable swing outside is the perfect spot. Sitting indoors will also give you a pleasant view of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai skyline, which during the nighttime is breathtaking. The kitchen is headed by chef Howard Ko who delivers a beautiful selection of Asian inspired plates along with international favourites. Some of the musttries include truffle short rib croquettes, roasted Chilean sea bass, black truffle risotto made with sushi rice and Katsu veal chop. The menu also includes a selection of vegan offerings like seaweed rolls with French butter. Given the popularity of the restaurant, it can be difficult to get a booking, which is why advance bookings are recommended. Left-right: Cé La Vi Dubai Here & below: Il Pastaio Here & below-right: La Maison Ani 46|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|47