Earlier this yr, the SLS Resorts & Residences introduced its signature model at the moment positioned in party-central areas worldwide together with Miami, Bahamas and Beverly Hills, to Enterprise Bay in Dubai.
The 75-floor property, positioned close to the Paramount Resort in Dubai, consists of 254 lodge rooms, 321 lodge flats and 371 branded residences – moreover a spread of F&B venues. Certainly one of them is the Fi’lia Dubai, an Italian restaurant whose kitchen is helmed by 25-year Palestinian Jordanian chef Sara Aqel, who learnt the tips of the commerce from none apart from the de facto ambassador of Italian delicacies, Massimo Bottura.
Inside the foyer of SLS, we’re greeted by a big mosaic with the phrases – “Fortune Favours The Courageous”. However moderately than being an oft-rehashed Latin phrase, it might very nicely sum up our culinary expertise that was about to unfold at Fi’lia.
Fi’lia is positioned in Miami and Nassau, with one other one set to open in Paris in 2022. The outpost in Dubai marks the primary Center East entry of the culinary idea. What units the Dubai restaurant aside is the truth that all of the senior administration roles on the restaurant – from the kitchen to the managers and the waitstaff – are all ladies.
We’re whisked as much as the seventieth ground, and sit on the alfresco part of the restaurant which has commanding views of all the Downtown space and Dubai Design District as nicely. It was open for lower than a month once we visited, and by 8pm, there wasn’t an empty desk in sight.
Fi’lia (figlia), is Italian for daughter, Mamma for mom and Nonna for grandmother. The menu is due to this fact divided alongside these sections with Nonna representing a traditional and conventional method to Italian cooking, Mamma being a up to date tackle a traditional, and Figlia being probably the most experimental twist to a preparation.
We began with – no surprises right here – a burrata from the Mamma antipasti part. The fluffy, mild burrata was plated nicely over asparagus, and served alongside a tomato emulsion with asparagus puree, a twist certainly. The Cozze E Vongole, or mussels and clams in a tomato salsa, was served with sourdough bread (though you’ll be able to ask for some focaccia bread too). The calamari from the Nonna’s part was made by the rule e-book, and was served in a really wholesome portion that’s good for sharing.
A must-try although is the meat tartare from the Figlia part, whereby a mildly-rebellious figlia who determined she might do issues starkly completely different to her mom and grandmother. The meat tartare right here is served with the likes of an egg yolk jam, pecan for crunch, a balsamic discount, ricotta cheese and a robiola sauce. Full marks for radical considering.
From the pasta and risotto choice, we returned to acquainted territory with a Ravioli Quattro Formaggi from the Nonna part that adequately supplied all the moment consolation we anticipated from it the second we reached for the nice and cozy ravioli full of provolone, ricotta, Parmigiano and mozzarella.
For the mains, we went with extra cheese by the use of a traditional Margherita pizza adopted by the grilled king prawns from the Nonna’s choice. The ocean-fresh prawns, the scale of lobsters, are a extremely really useful foremost, with the chilli, lemon and garlic butter at no level overpowering the pure salty flavour of the seafood. Nonna is aware of greatest.
We rounded off our meal with a Fi’lia Tiramisu, served with a small piece of edible gold leaf over it – that’s the technology soar of the figlia, doing one thing her momma and nonna by no means fairly imagined.
Instantly, that Latin phrase within the foyer 70 flooring under us made sense, as did Fi’lia itself which is unquestionably not simply one other licensed Italian restaurant misplaced inside Dubai’s thrilling and expansive culinary house.
Fi’lia Dubai, Degree 70, SLS Dubai Resort & Residences, Marasi Drive, Enterprise Bay. Day by day 7am-3.30pm; 6.30pm-11pm. Tel: (04) 607 0757