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With its smart, contemporary interior with hardwood
floors and cream and brown furnishings, Filini provides
a stylish and inviting setting for meeting with friends or
family and catching up over a delicious freshly prepared
meal. With an open kitchen, huge pizza oven and
oversized bronze lights a sleek, classic interior creates the
ideal ambience for an evening spent sampling beautifully
presented dishes of Italian food. However, having heard
so much about the peaceful outdoor area we were keen
to book a table outside and as we arrived at Filini on such
a beautiful evening, it was definitely the right choice for
us. We quickly appreciated why it is so renowned – with a
romantic fountain and breathtaking views over the rolling
Yas Links golf course leading onto sand-and-turquoise-
marbled mangroves and the Arabian Gulf beyond, we had
high hopes for our meal.
Filini excels in authentic Italian fare and an imaginative
seasonal menu packed with tempting antipasti, pizza,
pasta, meat and fish dishes didn’t disappoint.
Filini restaurant is renowned for its signature Italian
cuisine and keeps drawing in the diners despite the prolific
nature of Italian eateries on Yas Island. Head chef Thomas
Marchi is a bona fide Italian chef with the accent to match
and his wealth of experience of cooking across the globe is
what makes his menu so unique.As we sipped our drinks
and tried to decide which of the tempting dishes to go
for, we enjoyed olive bread with oil and balsamic vinegar.
Enthusiastic and welcoming staff are more than happy to
recommend delicious starters, tasty mains and sensational
deserts and are we glad we listened!
We started with air-cured beef with parmesan which
provided the ideal taster for our main course. The fresh
tagliatelli with pesto proves that sometimes the simplest
things in life are the best – Jordana described it as pure
paradise on a plate – high praise indeed for a basic pasta
dish! The potato gnocchi is one of Thomas Marchi’s
personal recommendations and who am I to argue with
a Chef of such standing? I decided to go for it and it was
incredible. Fresh salads were the perfect accompaniment
to our delicious Italian meal. But that’s what Filini do so
well – simple, classic Italian dishes prepared to perfection.
Coupled with a fast friendly service with no unnecessary
airs and graces and you have the ideal combination for the
perfect dining scenario.
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After such a scrumptious meal we couldn’t resist a
dessert, but there were so many to choose from. Then
the sweet pizza and chocolate cream caught our eye – not
something we’ve ever come across before – so we simply
had to try it. Are we glad we did, it was incredible.
Wholesome and flavoursome – in just two words we have
summed up our meal, yet the Filini experience offers so
much more and one that we can’t recommend strongly
enough that you try for yourself. Italian dishes created
from simple fresh ingredients seem to be the key to Filini’s
huge success.
The ambience has to take some credit for the popularity
of this fantastic restaurant too. Having enjoyed a meal
outdoors with the magnificent views over the golf course
and city beyond – al-fresco dining at its finest – we can
see why diners return to Filini time and time again to try
new pizza and pasta dishes that change with the seasons.
Far exceeding all our expectations of authentic Italian
cuisine you can taste the knowledge and passion behind
the menu and believe us when we say it tastes divine. A&J
would like to express our gratitude toThomas Marchi and
his team for a tremendous evening. We hope to visit again
Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Contact: 00 971 (0)2 656 2000