Teatro - Towers Rotana, Dubai
|Teatro is not short on ambience.|
|An interesting and creative use of wine corks.|
|I loved this walk-in glass cellar.|
|Presentation of the day - scallops|
As for the scallops. well they are a sight to behold. Magnificent large shells containing the pan seared scallops with spinach, find themselves under a blanket of melted mozzarella cheese. It is quite salty because of the cheese, but a bit of lemon as well as the salad which has balsamic reduced, provide a perfect balance to the dish - salty. sweet and sour. I enjoy it with one of 13 by-the-glass wine options, a Wild Rock Infamous Goose 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. Light, zesty and fruity - an easy drinking choice to go with the scallops.
|A selection of by the glass wines.|
The varied menu makes it really hard to decide on our main course. Fortunately, the staff are quite knowledgeable and confident and bold enough to offer recommendations. With their guidance, we order the vitello al gorgonzola (grilled veal with gorgonzola cream sauce) and the miso seabass. I am impressed by the time of delivery from the time the order is taken, and it is not that long before the main dishes are presented. Concerns I had that the miso would overpower the delicate natural taste of the seabass are ill-founded, as the miso is itself quite delicately done. I am able to taste the seabass. It breaks easily, but not to easily, so to speak. Perfectly cooked.
|The classic Teatro dessert sampler.|
Teatro serves good food. The service, despite a few glitches, is warm and easy. It is a restaurant high on ambience; a happy place to be, as was evidenced by a group who broke out to sing for one of their party who celebrated her birthday. While I still maintain that this type of concept just allows too many choices of cuisines because it uses an 'east meets west' catchphrase, there is a definite following for this wide ranging menu. Personally, I like a more focused menu. Overall, I had a very good evening thanks to the friendly staff and the fine dishes sent out by the wonderful team of chefs. Their dishes against the stylish backdrop of Teatro made it an evening worth talking about!
The low down
Towers Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road
971 2 343 8000
Starters 50-120 Dhs
Mains 80-290 Dhs
Special Japanese menu available.