Dubai favourite shows it’s not just the emirate’s new restaurants that know how to impress.
Low lighting, scattered candles and theatre-inspired decor make 16-year-old Teatro cosy but grand at the same time.
With Chinese, Japanese, Italian, American, Thai and European dishes on its menu, even fussy eaters will have plenty of choice from the hundreds of options.
An extensive menu will ring alarms bells with experienced diners, as you wonder how specialist the restaurant’s chefs can be, and Teatro’s was also a little difficult to read under the dimmed bulbs.
Our waiter was happy to save our eyesight and recommend signature dish wasabi prawns (AED 90). In keeping with the restaurant’s dramatic draped interior, they certainly create a stir when served up – huge, and carefully stood up on end in pools of wasabi dressing.
Peking duck (AED 170) was another staff recommendation, which was perfectly cooked and again brought to us with a theatrical flourish – all the ingredients of duck pancake on a plate, but with a steamed bao-style bun instead of a pancake. Unusual, however it simply worked.
Fragrant chicken pandan (AED 85) came with a piquant pineapple relish that complimented the meat and infused the whole dish with sweet flavouring.
Chicken Thai green curry (AED 140) was similarly packed with flavour, but the portion side made it impossible to finish, even for curry lovers.
Teatro opens just for dinner and it’s clearly not for those with a small appetites, as both our starters and main courses are huge.
The restaurant is also home to a little gem of a bar, which is the perfect place to relax after your meal. Staff are attentive enough to find us a spot either at the bar or within the snug-style lounge area, which when we visited was full with the happy buzz of content diners.
Hot tip – eat between 6pm-8.30pm for 50 per cent off selected dishes.
Where: Towers Rotana Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Cost: AED 485 for two, excluding drinks
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