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Bice Mare, Souk Al Bahar

By | March 12, 2014


What’s it like: This well-loved seafood restaurant boasts a terrace which overlooks the fountains at Dubai Mall, but the indoors is equally inviting, with its white and blue theme. We decided to try their recently launched summer set menu, which offers lighter and smaller tasting portions of some of the highlights of their menu. We began the nine-course degustation meal with a crispy, appetising wholewheat crouton with cherry tomatoes and torn basil. We then tucked into Mazzancolle prawns marinated in garlic and herbs which were sweet and salty, and served with curly endive. Next came octopus cooked in citrus and herbs, which my dining partner thoroughly enjoyed. Pezzogna tartare, a deep sea fish served with toasted almonds and passion fruit sorbet, was the last of the antipasti courses, and offered a divine marriage of sweet and tangy flavours. For the pasta course, we relished a light and fresh orchiette pasta with broccoli, anchovies, and burrata – one of my favourite cheeses – and Scialatielli, a long pasta from Naples served with a seafood mix, basil and parmesan. Because the portions were designed to be smaller, we still had an appetite to try the main courses, which included a Turbot fillet baked with artichoke, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, thyme and terrago, with black truffle shavings – which gave the dish a degree of umami. However, it was the 36-hour herb marinated Canadian veal chop served with pine nuts, on a bed of black olives and roasted potatoes that had us sold, with the succulent and aromatic meat. Finally full to the brim, we only managed to nibble on the dessert platter which, included a sweet and spongy limoncello pound cake, and two chocolate desserts, decadent enough to end the meal with.

If you want to go: Set menu costs Dhs450 per person, food only. Call 04-4230982.

Best for: An elegant dinner with friends

- Nicola Monteath

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