Mare Mare

Italian newcomer on Saadiyat Island
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Time Out Says

Growing up, it's more than likely the Italian cuisine you were exposed to came in the shape of stodgy oven pizzas, tinned alphabet-shaped pastas drowning in excessively sweet tomato sauce and a mum’s-in-a-hurry microwaved lasagna. You may even have had the odd plate of spaghetti and meatballs, with a large dollop of Lady and the Tramp on the side.

No? Just us? Well, believe us, you missed out.

However, now that we’re fully fledged adults with fully formed taste buds, we’re ready to flex them and wave goodbye to childhood mistakes. And boy, Mare Mare knows how to help us.

Everything at this luxury newcomer is simply charming. From the staff who go the extra mile to the stunning sea-facing terrace, the exceptionally exciting seafood to the lighter-than-air burrata, the comfy, curved wooden booths to the roaring flames of the outdoor heaters, this is a place to fall in love with proper, grown-up Italian cuisine.

We arrive at the Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort on a blustery winter weekday evening (yes, it called for long sleeves) and find the restaurant is pleasantly busy. It’s a mix of business travellers, couples on date night and families with kids (no spaghetti hoops on toast here). The menu is gourmet Italian food at its finest: it’s bursting with exceptional ingredients such as creamy burrata, black truffle, lobster, langoustine, octopus and prawns as big as your hand. Despite the premium products, prices are super for a setting of this stature. We jump straight into the aforementioned burrata, heirloom tomatoes and pesto and the tuna tartare served with avocado and black squid ink crackers. The dishes may use simple ingredients but they’ve been handled with exquisite intricacy by chefs and the result is two elegant, light and accomplished starters.

The high standards continue with the seafood risotto and mixed seafood grill – both are labelled as to share on the menu but the kitchen are more than happy to adapt them for one. The mixed grill is a collection of shellfish and fresh catches while the risotto is served al dente and is bursting with clams, squid and shellfish. They’re simply delicious.

For once, we’re happy to admit it’s Adulthood 1, Childhood 0.

Italian newcomer on Saadiyat Island

Because grown-ups deserve the best

05 Mar 2019

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Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

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