Armani/Dubai Caffé and Emporio Armani Caffé
Armani/Dubai Caffé in The Dubai Mall is classic chic and minimalistic, much like designer and founder Giorgio Armani’s fashion designs. The Italian restaurant and café serves traditional dishes, in line with the designer’s other food ventures in Milan, London and Paris. Armani/ Dubai Afternoon Tea in Style (Dh149), available on weekdays between 3-6pm, is a must-try – the glamorous selection of sweet and savoury treats is the perfect way to end a day of shopping in The Dubai Mall.
The sister café Emporio Armani caffé now has two branches in the UAE. This more casual dining experience has a huge dessert menu, plus hot and cold savoury dishes designed by the Armani Group’s corporate chef in Milan. Traditional dishes get a modern twist. Of course, in true Armani style, presentation is everything, so each dish is a work of art, created with minimalistic colourful designs. Must-tries include the impressive selection of salads and the Italian sharing platters. Make sure you leave space for dessert – the fresh cakes and pastries are incredible. In true Italian style the restaurant recommends finishing your dish with a shot of espresso. Outlets are at the Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi (02 676 6995) and Mall of the Emirates, Dubai (04 341 0591). Expect to pay Dh175 for a three-course meal.