To celebrate my daughters Sweet Sixteen we both flew to Dubai for 10 days of
shopping eating and us time.
Going over the venues for her birthday dinner together, we shortlisted three places.
There was the Sky table at Sofitel Downtown, then there was Ossiano which was
my first choice and finally Roberto’s, which was my daughter Shahbano’s first
Unfortunately the Sky Table which only has four tables was fully booked as her
birthday also fell on the weekend. And Ossiano was not really a palatable option for
my daughter whose only seafood choice is shrimps and calamari. So we booked
online for Roberto’s which even though was not as formal an experience as I would
have liked for her birthday but was reputed online as the best Italian restaurant in Dubai.
The online reservation was very easy with a very prompt response from the hotel staff.
I requested a cake as a surprise and the best table both of which were confirmed for me at once and the entire
preordering process was simple, fast and efficient.
The restaurant itself is in DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre)
and a stone throw away from the Mall of Dubai.
The ambiance is low lights, smoky glam darkness and some real sexy
Italian music but what floored me was the personalized welcome my
daughter received from the moment I introduced myself.
From the host who greeted us to the server who assisted us and the
Manager who came over to ask about our food everyone wished my daughter a happy birthday which made her feel
like a princess and instantly made me very happy with our choice.
We ordered a sea food platter as starters which had the most succulent calamari and the shrimps were so perfectly
battered and fried that they literally melted in the mouth
I am a fan of the bread basket as is my daughter and we easily went
through the first one while waiting for our starters and browsing
through the menu for our main course.
However before we finished the last piece in the basket it was discreetly
replaced with a new one which made me very happy at least!
For our main courses my daughter ordered a steak and I had a risotto
which were both done to perfection. The helpings were pretty generous,
the plating was appealing and the food was a 9/10 in taste.
The table assistants were discreet but very attentive and the entire
dinner experience which ended with a chorus of Happy Birthdays for
my daughter and her Cake with a personalized wish lasted about two
and a half hours which for me is the perfect length of time when dining
All in all we were very happy with our choice of venue for my daughter’s birthday and if you are in Dubai next
looking for an Italian dining experience go to Roberto’s.