Great Italian food in a romantic setting in Abu Dhabi 11 Reviews
Grape & cheese night
From only Dhs65 guests can enjoy a glass of selected grape and a plate of cheese from the vast selection (Wednesday)
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It’s difficult to get Italian cuisine wrong – hearty pastas, risottos and sauces are sometimes exactly what you need to get through the day. But it’s even more difficult to get Italian just right, and, for the most part, Filini succeeds.
The restaurant itself is spacious and understated, with hardwood floors, an elegant bar and comfortable cream and brown furnishings. In the winter, the outdoor area is far more popular, but indoors is perfectly fine. Even when crowded, there’s an air of peace in Filini, and the serving staff are more than competent at maintaining it. Staff are knowledgeable, friendly and responsible: our table of four ordered the large versions of two starters, the cured meats and cheese antipasti (Gorganzola, parmigiano reggiano and milano salami amongst other goodies) and the mixed seafood antipasti. Our waiter was kind enough to explain that the smaller portions were more than enough for the four of us, as indeed they were.
Starters were solid and rather straightforward, if a bit plain. One of our more curious companions ordered a side of polenta (a dish made from boiled cornmeal) served with some creamy mushrooms; the mushrooms we liked, but the polenta just escaped our notice.
The mains on the other hand escaped no one’s notice: Filini is a quality restaurant overall, but authentic Italian mains are truly where the chef shines. The steaming seafood risotto was perfectly cooked and well presented, and flew off the plate before dinner companions could claim a sample. And the crispy, signature Filini pizza (tomato, mozzarella, pecorino, prosciutto and rocket) was delicious, and large enough to share.
And you will want to share it, because you need to save some room for the sweets. Here, we suggest you skip the ice creams altogether (not because they’re bad, but because you can get ice cream anywhere) and instead dig into one of the proper Italian desserts such as the great signature tiramisu.
The bill (for four)
Meat & cheese antipasti Dhs78
Mixed seafood antipasti Dhs79
Seafood risotto (x2) Dhs176
Filini pizza (x2) Dhs126
Total (excluding service) Dhs482
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