So passing by the restaurants in Dubai Mall and getting hungry from shopping and walking around, decided to pop into Carluccio’s
First task, location. The restaurant is fairly large and has very nice decor. We sat by the window to enjoy the view. They also have seating outside, but it was a little hot for us.
The restaurant is very clean and everything is perfectly matching with the decor and layouts.
The main attraction! The food!
For starters I had ordered the Mushroom soup, and for the table; Garlic Bread with Cheese and Fried Calamari.
I am not a big fan of clear soup but as it turns out it was slightly creamy. The soup was delicious and filled with mushrooms which is something I really appreciated.
The Calamari was nice, crispy and the dip was just right, but I have had better Calamari.
The Garlic Bread with Cheese was really nice, came in 3 pieces. It was crispy around the edges and soft in the middle, slightly warm and delicious.
For the main meal, I ordered the Rib Eye Steak, cooked well done.
As soon as the main dishes arrived they rushed to offer fresh pepper which was pretty good.
So, the dish! I liked it overall but there were a few downfalls!
The Meat: Delicious! Perfectly cooked, tender, juicy and sufficiently sized! I Really appreciate when a steak is served with a knife. Plus points for that!
The Side: Seriously disliked it.The potatoes were bland and tasted a little funny. I like spice so I asked for Tabasco which still didn’t help the potatoes (I think it might be the first time Tabasco didn’t fix something that isn’t yummy!). The sauce didn’t compliment the steak nor the potatoes in my opinion, it was a bit sweet maybe a little fruity. Regular bottled barbecue sauce or some mushroom sauce would have been ten times yummier!
Nothing much seemed flawed in the pasta, it was more than enough for 1 person, they served shredded cheese on the side, and it was warm enough for the cheese to melt. It did require salt to be added as it was a little bland at first.
The service: The service was sweet! No complaints. They were welcoming at the door, allowed us to select any place we liked to sit, served water quickly (Not sure whether its because its hot, or that’s just their service, but I liked it), the menus were packed with choices (few funny words but was clear) and were quick to serve anything we required whether it was Tabasco or a new bottle of water.
Value: 3 Appetizers, 2 Main dishes, 2 Large water bottles and the bill was around 300 Dhs. Pretty decent for a nice restaurant with good service and brilliant views.
The Place: 6 / 10
The Service: 8 / 10
The Food: 6 / 10
Overall: 6.7 / 10
I’d recommend this place.