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Italian food is all about the love and romance and we love
Italian food. Whether you stay at the Royal Meridien or
not, Amaifi Restaurant comes highly recommended for
an understated yet charming Italian dining experience.
Delicious food and drink is the order of the day at Amalfi
which offers a beautiful taste of Italy on the glistening
banks of the Arabian Gulf. One of the city’s most popular
Italian restaurants in Abu Dhabi, in a welcoming and
informal atmosphere, Amalfi offers patrons background
music and entertainment along with an inspired menu
that lovingly injects an energetic contemporariness
into every dish.Amalfi was awarded as the best Italian
restaurant for food quality by Ospitalita (Italian Chamber
of Commerce), so with this along with many other
recommendations we were keen to try it out for ourselves.
For authentic Italian cuisine in Abu Dhabi, Amalfi tempts
diners with flavours from all over Italy – from the North
to the South.This fine dining Italian restaurant is led by
Chef Massimiliano Sperli. Originally from Sardinia he
brings years of experience of working in kitchens in Italy
with him and his passion for Italian cuisine shows in his
beautifully constructed dishes. Arriving at Amalfi for a
late lunch our first impression was of the effortlesstrue
Italian style offered by our surroundings. Dark wood
combined with modern decor and large open windows
creates a relaxing dining environment with plenty of light
streaming in.
A choice of seating accommodates diners whatever their
mood – dine outside overlooking the pool and palm trees,
sit inside and appreciate the live music or even create a
more intimate vibe by opting to reserve one of the rooms
which are available for lunches or private functions. As
the warm afternoon sun was shining, we decided to dine
out on the terrace.
On arriving, Jordana saw a chef rolling out fresh pasta
dough behind the bar, so her mind was made up before
we were even shown to our table. Her only consideration
now, was which of the many mouth-watering varieties to
go for. As we perused the menu, we were presented with
delectable bread rolls, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sundried
tomato paste and olives. It was the perfect appetiser and
made us appreciate that the waiting staff were not rushing
us to place an order. And believe us when we say you
don’t want to be rushed – with so many tempting aromas
and wonderfully presented salads, flavoursome pastas,
a tempting choice of pizzas and even delicious duck –
the only problem seems to be what to go for. Luckily,
extremely helpful and attentive waiters are on hand to
make recommendations and with a great choice of food at
reasonable prices, this is a restaurant where you can truly
relax and enjoy your food.
There’s nothing quite like a pizza delivered fresh to your
table directly from an authentic pizza oven and the
wood fired oven provide the fresh pizzas with traditional
rustic aromas for an authentic experience straight from
Naples. Jordana was delighted to sample a tempting
pizza tipped with colourful vegetables and tasty parma
ham accompanied by a fresh salad. With a slightly bigger
appetite when we arrived I decided to go for the waiter’s
recommendation of stuffed fillet of duck with cheese
tortellini and was not disappointed with my choice.A
vanilla and lemon panna cotta with rich berry compote
was the ideal finale to an extremely satisfying lunch.
Open from 1230-1500 for lunch and 1900-2300 for
dinner, whether you’re looking for a setting for a business
lunch, a family meal or a romantic evening, Amalfi
promises an Italian dining experience to remember. A&J
would like to thank all at Amalfi for keeping this promise.
Where: Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Khalifa
Street, Abu Dhabi
Contact: 00 971(0)2 674 2020