- Kids friendly
- Wheelchair friendly
- Vegan friendly
Sicilia is what I would describe as a modern tavern with rustic charm. Dim lights, relaxed seating with wooden tables, wine bottles on the top of wooden barrels, all add to the ambiance.
Luckily this invite was on a weekend so I was completely relaxed and calm which is exactly what is needed for Italian food. The restaurant is easy to find, located on ground floor right beside Chor Bazaar at Movenpick Hotel Ibn Batutta. The hotel lobby has 88 arabic lanterns, its a breathtaking view!
Coming back to Sicilia, the menu is limited but consists choice of pastas, pizzas and desserts that can all be paired well. Before we place our order, our server brings a huge Margerita pizza. Perplexed as we hadnt ordered one, the server was quick to read my thoughts and explained that its from the chef and pointed at the kitchen window where Chef Marcello waved back at us. Isn’t that the sweetest gesture ever?
Munching on some delicious pizza and their complimentary brioche bread, we set to order our appetizers. I chose the Tropea Onion Confit with aged goat cheese, pear and pistachios while my guest chose to have Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato Salad served alongside taggiascho olives. The Confit onion that was topped with goat’s cheese which is an acquired taste but personally I love it! The Buffalo Mozzerella salad was fresh and brought out the flavors of Italian tomatoes.
For our mains we wanted to focus on Pastas so I opted for the Gnochetti Asparagus & Moliterno fondue and my guest wanted to try risotto which he is crazy about. However the menu doesn’t have any vegetarian risotto option. We highlighted this to our server, she swiftly consulted the chef and came back to us stating that it will be prepared as per our liking. Few minutes later our table was filled with waft of cheese, there was my Gnochetti and my guest’s option, Asparagus and mushroom risotto. The quantity for the prices is a bit less but there has absolutely been no compromise on the quality of ingredients. I preferred my guest’s risotto more than my gnochetti. Both dishes were creamy and cheesy and delicious!
Coming to the desserts, I was recommended the chef’s special Apple Rennete and my guest opted for Hot Gianduja Chocolate Cheesecake. Honestly I am not an apple fan but my dessert was spot on! The dessert contained trio of elements such as apple fritter, apple pie ice cream which actually tasted like ice cream and apple gateaux, all tied with Calvados cream. The Hot Gianduja Chocolate Cheesecake was presented a very quirky manner, it was in a deep plate with meringue resembling a mushroom. It was delicious and rich of chocolate! Gianduja is a well known Italian chocolate brand and the cheesecake was a perfect rendition to it.
Post our meal, the sous chef, Mr Marcello explained us how the menu has been created. The restaurant’s head chef , Chef Stephano wants to provide a unique dining experience to all. The food is comforting and the chefs are ready to accommodate diners who have specific dietary requirements such as vegan/vegetarian. Though he personally prefers diners to enjoy Chef Stephano’s creations as they are.
I am surprised at how low the ratings are for Sicilia at Zomato. I really feel that this place is a hidden gem and a must try for those who crave authentic Italian food paired with some fantastic selection of wines. There is something beautiful about the rustic decor and dim lights that I loved a lot. Chef wanted to transport diners to Sicily in Italy and he was successful at it! The restaurant is always filled with tourists and those celebrating special occasions, therefore its recommended to book well in advance.
Contact them on 04 4445613 for bookings.
Its been a while I have reviewed restaurants, I like writing about food its my favorite thing to do.
Today I am reviewing Flippin Pizza Ibn Battuta Branch, a pizzeria in a mall that is worth a visit. I have been to this pizzeria on several occasions and ordered delivery as well. It all started when one of my friend’s visited the place and tweeted to me a picture of a screen showing scenes of New York . For those who don’t know, I am obsessed with NY City ❤ ! Flippin pizza has a large TV screen which looks like a window, the live scenes are of people walking by on NY streets, giving you a feel that you are seated in their New York pizzeria. Love the idea, very innovative.
Anyways so I was decided to check out the awesome place and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed at all. The ambiance is very modern with wooden panels and comfy red seats. After you have placed the order, the server also places a complimentary basket of baby buns served with pizza sauce on your table. The buns were delicious, warm and fresh! I love this trend that is going on of placing bread basket for the diners, many restaurants are adopting it.
As I mentioned previously, I have tried Flippin pizza many times, most of which have been deliveries. Some dishes that you must try are:
Ricotta cheese Salad – the tang from the pomegranate goes so well with the soft and moist ricotta.
Chicken tenders- probably one of the most succulent and best in town.
Four cheese pizza- absolutely delightful dish, not only is it great for kids but adults will enjoy this tasty treat too!
Vegetarian Pizza- One of best tried for sure, lovely crust and generously topped.
Triboro pizza- I didn’t enjoy this one much but my friends do so here is the mention for it. I am not too much of a meat lover but those who do, will love this pizza.
Veggie Lasagne- YUM YUM YUM! Lip smacking, delicious and cheesy!
The base of the pizzas is very light, hand tossed and delicious.The menu mentions ‘Dough is made fresh daily with no added oil or sugar or no high fructose corn syrup’ gives one more reason to add pizza to your meal plan. 😉 Their largest 18′ pizza is good for upto four people. I couldn’t have more than two slices of the pizza. You can also request your pizza to be made in two different flavors (Eg: Brooklyn and Triboro)
The service is quick, time is stated when order is placed. A bit of disappointment when it comes to drinks as twice they arrived after the arrival of main courses. For delivery, it has been quick and within the stipulated time period (around 60 minutes).
I am very glad the restaurant owners take customer suggestions seriously. A while back, Flippin pizza did not have any regular sized pizzas. They served only 13′ and 18′ pizzas but after so many people including myself who requested ( on social media platforms) a smaller size of pizza, the same was introduced! Now only if they add a bit more varieties in pizza especially for the vegetarians, that would be great!
I wish Flippin pizza good luck with their new branch which has opened its doors this week on Jumeirah Beach Road. Can’t wait to check it out 🙂
Complimentary bread to tingle your taste buds 5/5 😉
A bit on pricier side, cost for two: 150-200AED.