Inspiring Italian

We try the newly opened Roberto’s Abu Dhabi to find a sleek
location with fantastic food…

The Galleria Mall and it’s so great to see this fantastic location opening more and more great eateries. The venue is swanky and high end and the décor is tasteful with rich wood floors, purple and orange accents and lots of flair. We love the small tomato and chilli pot plants on each table, such a nice touch. The restaurant feels like a fine dining venue with a relaxed atmosphere which is a hard combination to get right but Roberto’s have perfected it.

Roberto’s boasts a Roman devotion to food with Venetian hospitality and Milanese flair resulting in a unique and homegrown reinterpretation of Italian cuisine. The menu consists of old and new, classic and modern, traditional and contemporary with signature Italian authenticity. The menu is large and we take our time perusing it as there are so many great options to choose from.

Manzo in tartare tradizionale Wagyu beef tartar with mustard mayonnaise and truffle pearl

To start, we settle on two options for the Crudi Bar, which is a great selection of raw items. We choose the tuna tartare which was fresh and delicious with yellowfin tuna, generous slices of avocado, cherry tomato and sour cream.

We simply loved this dish for its simplicity and amazing flavour. We also ordered the beef carpaccio which came with peppery rocket and parmesan cheese seasoned with just the right amount of Maldon salt flakes and again was fresh and delicious. We also tried the Octopus which had been boiled in salty water to retain a soft, tender centre and then chargrilled to give the outside a lovely crisp texture and smoky taste. It came served with a rich cheese sauce and perfectly cooked artichokes. Delicious.

We then moved onto mains and we simply couldn’t go past the pasta dishes. The menu has so many mouthwatering options including homemade fettuccine with Canadian lobster, green asparagus and sweet garlic, homemade ravioli filled with burrata cheese with fresh pomodorina sauce and basil and many more. We went for the Frutti Di Mare – al dente linguine with a subtle tomato, olive oil, garlic and parsley sauce with fresh seafood including prawns, mussels, clams and crab. We also choose the fusilli with pepper ragu and cheese sauce which was full of flavour and perfectly cooked.

Soffice di Patata uovo e uova light potatoes foam with capers salted Zabaione and Salmon Roe

Dessert options are also great, so we opted for the blueberry and raspberry foam which was a new take on a crème brulee and the pistachio gelato. The gelato was the best we’d ever had and the flavour of the pistachios was incredible – with a bit of chocolate gelato blended in there too. We think Roberto’s will be a big hit in the capital whether it’s lunch, dinner or after-work drinks, you’ll feel welcome and at home here from the moment you enter with their excellent service and amazing food.

Pistachio Ice Cream

Roberto’s, The Galleria Mall, Al Maryah Island, 2 627 9009


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