Old Favourite: Teatro




’ll admit that it has been a while since I visited this award-winning restaurant, and given the hurricane of restaurants that have made their debut on Dubai’s culinary scene since Teatro opened back in 2001, there’s no doubt that the competition is fierce when it comes to remaining relevant. However, prior to my visit this time, I do remember being extremely impressed with the food, so much so, that I have waxed lyrical about it to date, and am hoping that I won’t be disappointed. To my immediate relief, judging by the numerous diners that occupy the restaurant to almost full capacity, it appears that Teatro hasn’t lost its charm.

The restaurant’s interior has remained constant and in a nod to its namesake and veering towards the more exotic end of the menu, the décor boasts a vibrant red interior, finished with chic dark mahogany and dramatic black finishing. The menu is no less of a performance, boasting a fabulous amount of variety which remains true to their motto of ‘Where Eastern cooking meets Western Cuisine’. It is, in essence a culinary journey that takes you from India to Japan and then peculiarly propels you half way across the world to Italy. It sounds like a strange fusion, but it works.

To begin, we take a trip down memory lane with the burrata to start, as this was the first place that we had ever tried it. Apart from there being an additional variety which includes truffles (and must be relatively new as it isn’t featured on the menu), the original variety that we opt for is the same mound of white gooey perfection it always was, which equates to ultimate cheese-lovers happiness. Embroidered with crisp and juicy San Marzano tomatoes, fresh basil and served with bread, I personally, am quite happy for this to be my main course. However, at the insistence of my extremely hospitable hostess who disagrees and is adamanat we try more of the menu, we also share a platter of ebi tempura maki rolls, which is crispy tempura prawn sushi, dressed with a spicy mayonnaise.

For mains, I opt for the miso seabass; a melt in the mouth fish dish that is reminiscent of Nobu’s famed black cod, with a delicious glaze. It’s sweet and flavourful and accompanied with hydrating bok choy that cuts through its richness (which can be overly-so when eaten alone), to deliver a dish that is faultless and well-constructed. Similarly, my partner’s mains of lamb shank, served on a huge bone and accompanied with rice is more of a comforting manly
dish, which is gobbled with speed and followed with a huge groan of satisfaction when finished.

I heavily recommend the Flavoured torched baked Hawaiian for dessert. It’s a baked Alaska of sorts and certainly no ordinary affair; the meringue is sweet, creamy and chewy, dressed with a slightly acidic passion fruit and pineapple sauce that strikes a perfect balance. When you cut through it and take a spoonful with the coconut ice cream that’s hidden inside, it is an explosion of exotic flavours, and an excellent way to end the meal.

Refreshingly, in a world where nothing remains the same, Teatro has managed to keep up to speed with Dubai’s growing demand for faultless hospitality and impeccable food, while still staying true to their roots. We think their success lies in the comfort and consistency that they offer, and why every time you visit it feels like a homecoming or visiting an old friend, no matter how long it’s been since your last visit. It certainly storms Gourmet’s charts in our category of old favourites.

Source: http://www.ahlanlive.com/old-favourite-teatro-517009.html

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