→ Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Li­censed. Emi­rates Palace, Cor­niche Road West (02 690 7999).

Time Out Abu Dhabi - - FOOD -

IT’S NO SE­CRET Emi­rates Palace and awein­spir­ing lux­ury go hand in hand. But what you might not have known is few places in the cap­i­tal ooze such out­ra­geous op­u­lence like the ho­tel’s Ital­ian eatery Mez­za­luna.

A trip here is a step in­side a world of beau­ti­ful high ceil­ings, Àne art-adorned walls, re­gal ser­vice and a food menu which soars above the or­di­nary, and that’s with­out men­tion­ing the gor­geous ter­race with sweep­ing views of the Ara­bian Gulf.

We’re big fans, so we want to make sure it’s still up­hold­ing its own lofty stan­dards.

The bur­rata with roasted toma­toes, broc­col­ini and black trufáe dress­ing is light, creamy and full of Áavour. The slow­cooked

sal­mon with vi­o­let ar­ti­choke French beans and crispy leaves is cooked per­fectly and sea­soned im­pec­ca­bly. A gen­er­ous serv­ing of lamb tagli­atelle is on the right side of al dente, while the ten­der meat and sautéed ar­ti­chokes work per­fectly. The dessert menu is packed with treats we don’t have room for, but the tiramisu on the next ta­ble looks ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble.

Ser­vice is su­per and never in­tru­sive. We’re re­minded that this place is among the cap­i­tal’s Ànest eater­ies. It’s drenched in Ital­ian charm with­out stray­ing into tacky ter­ri­tory and it’s one of the more fam­ily-friendly op­tions in Emi­rates Palace.

If you’re look­ing for an evening to re­mem­ber, look no fur­ther.

WHAT IS IT... A classy Ital­ian in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings WHY GO... For that prop­erly bril­liant bur­rata

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