3 Dubai restaurants with delicious risotto dishes
One of the most popular offerings on Coya’s quality-packed menu, we didn’t expect to love this seabass risotto as much as we did, but now we can’t stop thinking – and now writing – about it. This beautifully conceived dish pairs Chilean seabass with rice, lime and chilli to create a fresh, zingy and slightly fiery delight that’s perfectly cooked and tastes just like a little bowl of South America – a pleasing blend of seafood and spice in heart-warming quantities. For something decadent and delicious, try the langosta. It’s a beautiful combination of lobster, rice (not arborio) and pea shoots, featuring light flavours that smell like spring.
Where: Coya Dubai, Four Seasons Resort
Contact: +971 4 316 9600, website
Risotto of fresh peas
It’s Marina Social’s second birthday this month, so if you drop by to help them celebrate, consider ordering this beautiful and surprisingly light dish that’s perfect for welcoming the UAE’s (slightly) cooler weather. Whipped up with fresh peas, wet garlic, Parmesan and summer truffle, this genius dish – with its intensely flavoured individual ingredients – could prove disastrous if cooked by the wrong person, but the chefs here have nailed the pairings perfectly. If you’re sticking with Italian fare but want pasta, the hand-rolled farfalle pasta with artichoke barigoule and basil is high-five worthy.
Where: Marina Social, InterContinental Hotel
Contact: +971 4 446 6664, website
Shrimp, sun-dried tomato and basil risotto
Sampling the first spoonful of this wonderfully aromatic dish is a bit like taking a journey to Sicily – just without the flight ticket, of course. The shrimp are perfectly cooked – tender, but still with a satisfying bite – and pair deliciously with the sharp flavoured, slightly sticky sun-dried tomatoes and fragrant, fresh basil. If you’re looking for something a little more umami-esque, order the mushroom, gorgonzola and spring onion risotto. It’s perfect for when you’re in the mood for comfort food that will nourish both mind and body.
Where: Tub of Butter, Al Safa
Contact: +971 4 343 8884, website