Review: Dubai's Cipriani restaurant has a legacy to live up to

DIFC's award winning Italian restaurant has much to live up to. And it continues to impress
Review: Dubai's Cipriani restaurant has a legacy to live up to
DIFC's award winning Italian restaurant has much to live up to. And it continues to impress
By Shayan Shakeel
Sun 24 Jun 2018 01:13 PM

We’ve been raving about the business lunch options in DIFC for a while now, and it’s hard not to. Only the best of the bunch would cater to the crowd in arguably Dubai’s most glamorous commercial district.

The fare at Cipriani’s is among the best in the area, as it must be, given that it has a nearly 90  year legacy to live up to. There is absolutely no way you’ll walk away from this this most Italian of restaurants without feeling anything less than satisfied on the finest Italian cuisine.

Each day carries a different special  for lunch. As restaurant manager Luca Fiorini says, “We have a very strict standard of what we prepare our meals with so we buy a lot of what we prepare fresh on the day.”

And it shows. Cipriani starts you off with a selection of freshly baked bread and fried zucchini chips. You won’t be able to get enough of the latter, guaranteed.

We ordered the Carpaccio ‘ala Cipriani’ to start off – the restaurant is famed for being the progenitors of the thinly sliced beef starters, named after the 18th century Italian painter that Giuseppe Cipriani was an admirer of. Followed by this was the Tagliatelle with Duck Ragu. An absolutely divine creation, the shredded main course would easily satisfy even the most famished of road warriors.

Last but not least, came the vanilla meregnue. The sponge cake has been a Cipriani signature menu item since 1931. Layered with pastry and whipped cream topped with slightly torched merengue, don’t be surprised if this end to a fantastic meal leaves you with no room left for dinner.

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