TRE by Roberto Rella
TRE by Roberto Rella is, as the name would suggest, owned by Roberto Rella, the same man who launched Roberto’s in DIFC. The similarities are there, but TRE is certainly the bigger, more cultured brother – the one who went to private school.
The restaurant, on the 49th floor of Radisson Royal, is modern and dimly lit, just as Dubai’s dining scene likes it. There’s also a lounge on the 50th floor, and a bar on the 51st, making for a multi-functional venue that will attract the well-heeled from every angle.
Forget the wine list, this place has an olive oil list, and a trolley displaying over 30 varieties is wheeled over to each table at the start of a meal. The waiting staff are well versed on the Italian offerings, and know which dishes to recommend. All the usual suspects are there – calamari, pizza, pasta – but with a five-star twist. The Caesar salad is served with tiger prawns, and the tuna dish is presented like a delicately constructed piece of art, complete with baby vegetables.
It’s not all façade and no substance though, the food tastes as good as it looks. The only downside is the slightly awkward location on Sheikh Zayed Road, but at the risk of gushing too much, it’s worth the trip. Start in the restaurant, then head upstairs to the bar and drink in the view.
Three dishes to try:
Calamaro & Gamberi
It’s a staple of every Italian restaurant’s menu for good reason. The fried Calamari is one of the simpler starters on offer, but it’s made interesting with shrimp and zucchini.
Manzo ‘Wagyu Strip’ Organic Blackmore
It doesn’t matter how good the chef is if the quality of meat isn’t up to scratch. TRE oozes quality in every area, so carnivores should make the most of the Josper grilled wagyu strip loin, served with beetroot and porcini mushroom.
You’ve never had a tiramisu like this. It’s a hard ball of chocolate which, when you crack into it, spills mascarpone mousse and liquid black coffee.