Everyone has some bucket list or the other. A travel list, a list of things to experience, or in this case, a restaurant check list. Living in Dubai, my food list is ever growing. The food scene is rather competitive here, and I have had Roberto’s on my mind for as long as I can remember.

I have eventually made it around, not only to try their recommended dishes, but to check out the Andiamo Brunch.

Upon entering Roberto’s I realize the restaurant does not exactly exude Italian traditional vibes, but instead boasts a modernistic approach to decor and is spread over three areas; the restaurant, the balcony, and the lounge.

The four-course brunch starts at mid-day with rather tranquil vibes and stretches for several more hours with a resident DJ and a lager crowded flowing in.

The brunch is seafood themed, and starts off with a cold serving of prawns, oysters, clams, mussels, lobster and crab.

The spread is rather generous and I’m starting to fill up with only one course down. It’s been a good start so far, nothing too spectacular though.

The Antipasti follows, with a variety of bites.

The fried mozzarella is my favorite, followed by the smoked salmon in bruschetta which was served with cheese and onions. Other bites include a garden salad, angus beef carpaccio, and fried calamari & prawns.

As for the mains, there is a choice for everyone. I pick the wild forest mushroom risotto, a Roberto’s signature. See, I had just come back from Italy, and after a week of eating my way through Milan and Florence, I still had an itch for risottos. Roberto’s mushroom risotto was unlike anything I had eaten a few weeks prior (and I say this in the most positive way intended.) My only mistake here is that I had already been feeling full before the mains, so opting for something lighter would have been a wiser choice.

My date selects the jumbo prawns gratin, served with citronella crispy salad. His pick in comparison is lighter, and allows him enough space and enthusiasm to look forward to the dessert feast.

Dessert, in my opinion, was a rather generous portion for two. I have heard some people complain about the quantity of food served during this brunch not being enough, but I would have to disagree.

A selection of Italian homemade petit four, two flavors of gelato and a mix of desserts make a wonderful ending to our Italian brunch.


Where: Building 1, Gate Village, DIFC

Cost: The Andiamo Brunch starts at AED 350

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