Time Out Says
Our meal began with bread and pesto, which we made very short work of, and, fortunately, a huge antipasto platter wasn’t far behind. Fried calamari rings, roasted Mediterranean vegetables and dressed salad leaves really hit the spot and were packed with flavour, but a heavy-handed serving of beef slices and a handful of icy-cold prawns were less well-judged.
The menu of pizza, pasta, and meat and fish dishes was very routine, so after a while spent poring over the options in search of some standout dishes, we settled for the Italian classics of quatro staggioni pizza, lasagne and a caprese salad. These were hit and miss. The pizza was covered in chopped egg, processed meat, mushrooms, artichokes and spinach, and had a perfectly crisped base. But at Dhs60, fresh meat would have been a far more satisfying topping, and too many dried herbs sprinkled on top left a tinny aftertaste. Not a bad effort overall, but for a restaurant calling itself a pizzeria, it wasn’t as good as it should have been. As for the rest of the meal – the hefty lasagne was weighed down with layers of melted cheese, but the caprese salad was a resounding success, packed with buffalo mozzarella, big juicy tomatoes and plenty of fresh basil.
Mondo is a decent spot for relaxed poolside dining, but not worth going out of your way for if you’re after a top-notch evening meal.
The bill (for two)
4 staggioni Dhs60
Caprese salad Dhs65
Total (excluding service) Dhs313
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 05 Apr 2011
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