Carnevale is one of the many, (21 to be exact) f&b outlets in Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The restaurant breathes classical European style and offers all the charm and a warm sociability you might find in a bustling Milanese Tratorria or Roman café.
A genuine passion for authentic Italian cuisine is apparent from your very first step into Carnevale. The restaurant breathes classical European style and yet the view beyond is unique to Carnevale. The awe-inspiring Burj Al Arab, tranquil gardens surrounding Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the eye-catching marina collectively complete the perfect dining experience.
Luckily for me, I was invited by Zomato UAE to experience the special menu prepared by renowned chef Matteo Rizzo for the 2016 edition of the Italian Cuisine World Summit. Matteo has worked in kitchens in Rome, Los Angeles, London and Las Vegas, and is now based at his own family restaurant in Italy, Ristorante Il Desco. What’s in store for me is a 4-course menu that is only available from November 13-16. I visited and last night and was already impressed by the view and the ambiance of the restaurant.
The Antipasti was the Gamberri rossi in acqua di Pomodoro, sorbetto allo zenzero e lime, erbe aromatiche. In other words, it’s shrimp in tomato sauce. It’s served cold and I am not sure if the shrimp was steamed or it was raw but it was definitely new to me. I like my food hot or at least warm so I’m not sure I liked this one. It was a bit sweet too.
For the pasta, they served the black spaghettini with baby squids. Aesthetically, it looked really good considering that it was colored black. I asked for loads of cheese even if I haven’t tasted it yet but I must say that although this is also new to me, I instantly liked it. The squids definitely complemented the pasta and a dash of pepper also added to the flavour.
The main course was the Branzino con purea di finocchio e brodetto di anice or simply the sea bass fillet. This was probably my favorite and I think I’ve finished it in less than 2 minutes. It was soft and tender and was just full of flavour.
Then finishing off the meal was the Sapori di tiramisu e spezie. This was a different kind of tiramisu because I think we are all used to seeing the tiramisu as a cake. This time, there’s ice cream on the side and the chef added more spices.
Overall, taking into consideration the service, ambiance and the food, I must say that I had a delightful dining experience at Carnevale. The outdoor seating was just perfect for this weather and the view of the Burj Al Arab was just unbelievably beautiful. Time will surely pass by just like that and dining with the breathtaking view is just something that’s different and is definitely an advantage when dining at Carnevale.