Biscotti Biscotti

Rustic Italian that needs more refinement at the Millenium Corniche Reviews

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Friday brunch

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to share an authentic Italian meal in a homely environment. Enjoy a selection of appetisers and mains, all served on a platter. Dhs179 (with soft drinks), Dhs200 (with house beverages) Timings: Noon-3.30pm (Friday)

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We book a meal at what used to be Sevilo’s the Italian restaurant at Millennium Corniche, but has been re-branded as Biscotti. The menu, kitchen and décor are the same post re-launch, and we’ve heard good things, so we’re keen to see how the restaurant matches up with its former incarnation.

The décor is faux neoclassical, the kitchen is open and large pillars are evenly spaced throughout a large dining room.

A waiter immediately attends to us and is extremely personable and helpful – he offers suggestions on much of the menu. Following his advice we order the parmesan basket and shrimp and grouper dumplings, purely because his enthusiasm for the dishes is infectious.

A generous portion of fried seafood not dissimilar to scampi is presented in front of us with a tomato dipping sauce. The dumplings have prawn tails stick out of them, so we use these to pick up and dunk the dumplings in the sauce. The sauce is a fiery hot dip, we weren’t expecting it to be so hot. Luckily this is a pleasant surprise for us because we like a strong chili flavour, but it will be too much for some. The dumplings are a good texture, like miniature crab cakes, they’re moreish and before we realise we have eaten the entire portion.

The parmesan basket is colourful, mozzarella, asparagus, tomato and salad sit in an edible dish of toasted cheese. The ingredients are fresh and complement each other well, it’s not the most inventive dish in the world but we like all the ingredients together as well as separately, so we can only describe the plate as a success.

For mains we order the pan seared duck breast and buttered potatoes, and the cheese risotto. We also order a portion of steamed vegetable to share.

The duck breast comes rare as ordered, is sliced and served on the plate and served next to another generous portion of potatoes. Presentation could be better, but the rustic flavour of the potatoes does something to make up for it. We take a first bite into the duck and its delicious, but unfortunately the rareness of the meat and the fact the breast has been cut into slices means it’s getting cold quickly. We try to guzzle it down in an attempt to save the second half of the dish, but to no avail, by the time we get to the final third of the plate it’s stone cold which is a real shame.

The risotto isn’t as good as the duck, it’s heavy and doesn’t have any real flavour. We finish the portion but in truth the dish is forgettable.

We finish by sharing a rhubarb tart. The pastry is a fraction soft but the filling is good and the ice cream has good flavour.

Biscotti lacks the minute attention to detail needed to compete with the city’s top Italian restaurants, but our meal was mostly enjoyable and for its price we were satisfied we got good value for money.

The bill (for two):
Parmesan bucket Dhs55
Shrimp dumplings Dhs59
Risotto Dhs60
Duck breast Dhs80
Steamed veg Dhs25
Rhubarb tart Dhs40
Total (excl. service) Dhs319

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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Details

  • Location: Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 614 6020
  • Travel: Khalifa Bin Zayed Street
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Posted by: Gina on 22 Aug ' 11 at 17:42
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very cozy interior and nice terrace, like it very much!
Food was very testy and service was excellent.
We'll came back again and as soon as weather gets cooler wish to sit outside on the balcony.

Posted by: Matt de Vere on 28 May ' 11 at 09:35
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Below is the email I sent to the restaurant after our recent visit in late May 2011. I have to disagree with TO's review as I thought this Italian was far more on the authentic and interesting side than a lot of the newer places in Abu Dhabi which are Italian in name alone. Coupled with generous portion sizes and competitive pricing I know I will be returning. Okay their are glitzier places in Abu Dhabi but who wants shirt collar and high prices every night?? PLus the terrace is a perfect and beautiful spot for finishinf off your Italian wine,

Dear ***

I know it is more unusual these days to receive positive feedback than negative but I just felt I had to write to thank you and your team at Sevilo's for the wonderful experience we had at your restaurant yesterday evening.

I joined some friends who were visiting from Al Ain and the UK for dinner on the 27th May at 8pm for dinner with you.

The evening's Maitre D' along with her team of staff were very welcoming, friendly and efficient as well as being attentive without being intrusive.

The food menu was thoughtful and interesting (which often Italian restaurants can fail to achieve), and the food itself was well executed and tasty with very generous portions.

This was my first experience dining in the Millennium (after 3 years in Abu Dhabi) and I was very pleasantly surprised.

I know it was a quiet evening when we visited but this was not at all representative of the excellent service you offer and I shall certainly be recommending and returning.

Many thanks and Kind Regards,

Posted by: Gabriela on 03 Mar ' 11 at 06:10
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Edited by TimeOutAbuDhabi.com

Although the interior design could do with a little more "italianita", there is nothing to improve on the food. It is Italian food at highest level. The warm and friendly service and the nice casual atmosphere ensure a pleasant dining experience and make you want to come back for more

Posted by: Giovanni Rossi on 01 Mar ' 11 at 18:38
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Edited by TimeOutAbuDhabi.com

My name is Giovanni, I'm italian and I spend last 2 weeks in Abu Dhabi. For shore I had a dinner in Sevilo's where, except the name, I felt totally at home. The restaurant has nothing special, but even nothing bad and the informal table set up give me a good feeling. The terrace doesn't need any more comment: a simply inspected relaxed corner in the middle of the city. The service doesn't have no idea about european standard, like in every were in this country, but at list they know it, and my be is the reason that they are so lovely and carefully that we can appreciate a good service. About the food and average money you find me totally disappointed. The test was really close to italian, the presentation simple and impressing, and the executive chef (italian) explain me the reason why I was surprise about italian flavor: most of the products came from Italy. In other italian restaurant you can find as well something good, but better is a big word to be used, so I suggest you to make a doble check first. Regard Giovanni

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