Izu Brasserie is the brainchild of one of the most popular chefs in Dubai, Chef Izu and is located at the Le BHV Marais in City Walk. I would describe it as a charming, little, informal dining spot that serves simple but nicely presented dishes inspired by Mediterranean culture with a very strong Italian influence.
For the longest time, I have been wanting to visit the place since it opened because I have been hearing lots of great things about it. I finally managed to visit one Saturday for a lazy breakfast/lunch.
They have 2 menus, one purely for breakfast and the other one covered the appetizers, the mains, and the desserts. They were able to fit the whole menu on one page which means it’s a lot easier to choose.
We decided that since I wanted to try as many dishes as possible, we have to order from both menus. We started with some breakfast staples and then agreed that we will order a few dishes from the main menu.
First up, some coffee and almond croissant. The staff suggested we try the tartines so we did order the avo and strawberry variations. I don’t usually eat this so it’s refreshing to see it on their breakfast menu.
And then of course, since it’s still time for breakfast, I ordered some eggs benedict with salmon. This was perfect and exceeded my expectation on the taste. We completed the breakfast part by ordering the strawberry with caramel crepe that complemented the rest of the food since I like eating sweet and savory at the same time.
So even though these were great, I was in the mood to try more food. I ordered the calamari to see how it compares with other restaurants and to my surprise, it was so good. I know it’s a very simple dish but the way they cooked and presented it and the texture and the right amount of crispiness made it an instant favorite.
For the mains, we tried the baby chicken, the pizza, and the rigatoni. The chicken had a generous serving and can easily be shared by 2 or 3 people.
The pizza was also good and was obvious that was made fresh upon order since we saw the crust almost melting. We also tried the beetroot salad and it was fresh and tasty.
The highlight of the meal I believe is the rigatoni. It’s cooked al dente and for this particular type of pasta, it was just excellent and I was very satisfied with our choices.
Now talking about the service, I think this is something they can improve on. Not that they were not attentive because they were, but since we sat outside, there were times when we couldn’t find a staff if we needed something. There was also a couple that sat behind us and had a bit of difficulty calling the waiter. Maybe they should have a system where they can monitor the customers outside if all the staff are inside. Yes, they were knowledgeable and all but this is just a minor thing that I’m sure they can easily set right.
We concluded our meal with the most famous Italian dessert, tiramisu which by the way is spelled as TiramIZU because of the chef’s name and their equally popular passionfruit cheesecake. This might arguably be the best tiramisu in Dubai since they have their own twist and is not served in a cup like most restaurants do.
To sum up, Izu’s Brasserie and Bakery may be the new kid on the block (at Citywalk, at least) but they definitely know their stuff. The dishes that we ordered were more than average but what stood out for me was the calamari and rigatoni. It’s not really mind-blowing but is absolutely a nice option and a great spot for catching up with friends or if you just like to enjoy sitting outside with a view of the cars on the way to Citywalk.