Alba Terrace

A classy brasserie with lovely terrace outside
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Time Out Says

We're conscious that there’s been a lot of love for the new EDITION hotel in these pages over the past month or so, but it’s not too often a new hotel opens that genuinely brings something fresh to the city. But, between the clean aesthetics, the new three-storey nightlife venue ANNEX and the restaurants, all with menus from celebrated British chef Tom Aikens, the property is a thoroughly exciting prospect.

Alba Terrace, the Al Bateen hotel’s casual indoor/outdoor Mediterranean offering, is the reason for our latest visit, and as we sit outside in the terrace near the pool, with the gentle sounds of water enchanting us, we are again impressed.

However, unlike our recent experiences at Oak Room and The Library Bar, all is not faultless here. Instead, there are a few minor quibbles, mostly to do with the service.

The greeting is warm enough and we’re given the option of where to sit, but in the winter sun there’s no contest, it has to be a seat outside.

Drinks orders are taken swiftly and we’re given some time to peruse the menu. It’s fairly simple, with breads, olives, a few small sharing plates, salads, soups, pastas, pizzas and risottos alongside more hefty fish and meat mains. Dishes read like the ingredients will speak for themselves, just how we like it.

The selection of breads sounds too good to resist, so we start with this and ask for a serving of the fried calamari to go with them. The calamari comes recommended, and with black ink tempura batter and garlic aioli, it sounds great. Alas, we’ll have to find out next time, as it never arrives. Perhaps the waiters should note down orders instead of trying to remember them.

The breads are delicious. There’s a brilliant focaccia and a flatbread with roasted garlic and baba ganoush. We wish there was more of the dip, it’s so good.

We order the Mediterranean salad and spaghetti vongole for mains and chase up our drinks, as they’ve also gone missing. Both dishes are super. The salad is bursting with colour and packed with flavours of sweet roasted pepper and salty feta, while the clam pasta is just perfect.

Little things such as forgotten orders don’t spoil the visit, but they do take the sheen off an otherwise splendid lunch.

A classy brasserie with lovely terrace outside

For the excellent Mediterranean food at good prices

06 Feb 2019

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