PAX Italian Restaurant and Lounge

Hello everyone, how was your Valentines date?

Mine wasn't so bad, since I knew that the husband will be working on that day, we already went for a pre-Valentine's dinner last Friday. I'm very glad to receive my annual bouquet of red roses and box of chocolate on the day itself from the loving and ever supportive husband and that's all about it coz...

I don't want to bore you about my V-day date story but instead I want to show you this. Awesome isn't it?

This was our view the last time we were at PAX Italian Restaurant and Lounge at Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai.

A lovely restaurant that serves honest-to-goodness Italian food. 

PAX Italian Restaurant and Lounge was recently awarded the Certificate of Authenticity set out in the Ospitalità Italiana Seal Specification, under the Italian Industry & Commerce Office in the UAE for 2014-2015 joining the stellar list of certified Italian restaurants in the world

We were invited to sample its menu for February about a couple of weeks ago which was designed for winter or cooler months. Dishes hailed from the cities of Piedmont, Venice and Tuscany in Northern Italy, all orgasmically delicious and surprisingly affordable.

We started off with cream of pumpkin with amaretto flavored crisp. Our waiter recommended that we dig in while it's warm. It was love at first sip, so creamy and satisfyingly good.

Crema de Zuca al Crocante D' Amaretto AED35

For antipasti, Vitello Tonnato is not much to look but I tell you underneath that tuna caper sauce is a delightfully appetizing pink thick slices of slow-roasted veal in a bed of crunchy red cabbage.

Vitello Tonatto AED45

First course was risotto with green asparagus, radicchio and teleggio cheese. I don't know about you but most risotto dishes I've tried at Italian restaurants tend to be a little too salty for my palate. Maybe it's just the way it should be but I tell you if this wasn't the case, it would have been a perfect rice dish for me. The risotto rice was cooked well and the asparagus has a bite to it which added texture to the dish.

Risotto con Asparagi, Radicchio e Taleggio

We also had beef ravioli tossed in tuna veal jus, forest mushrooms and spinach of which I have all the praises. The ravioli was cooked al dente and it was perfectly seasoned with enough sauce to keep it moist. The spinach in a pasta dish is new to me but I welcomed it with open arms.

Ravioli Di Manzo Al Sugo D'Arrosto Fungi E Spinachi Novelli (Piemonte)

For our main course, we had grilled corn-fed baby chicken, roast potatoes and grilled vegetables with herb extra virgin olive oil. The chicken was crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. I love chicken dishes but unfortunately it was served with a very strong contender...

Galleto Alla Grigla Con Patate Arrosto, Verdure Alla Griglia In Salsa Alle Erbe E Olio D'Oliva (Veneto)

...the star of the night - the grilled T-bone steak with pan fried zucchini and capsicum.

Costata Di Manzo Con Zucchine E Pperoni Saltati in Padella (Tuscany)

Look at those beautiful grill marks and juice that sits on the meat (gosh writing this make me salivate and crave for it right now). If you have a big appetite then this is good for one but can also be shared by two person and still be sated.

The juicy succulent meat was so flavorful and tender with fat that melts in you mouth, yum. I promise to return to PAX with the husband just for this part of the menu.

We cap our dinner with greetings of happy birthday to two of our friends Sheila of AB and ME and Kenneth of Ken Surat and shared an oh so creamy half pound cheese cake and two cups of tiramisu for dessert.

It was indeed a lovely evening spent with good friends over good food.

So will I bring more friends to PAX?

Yes definitely and I do suggest you trooped with your friends too and let them try the t-bone steak and you'll never go wrong with it. The service was quick but not rushed and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

Discover a little bit of Italy at PAX Ristorante & Lounge
24th floor, Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Lunch: 12:00 to 15:00 | Dinner: 19:00 to 23:30
For reservations 04 317 4515

My Yellow Bells

Carla is a lifestyle blogger based in Dubai who's thankful to call this ever-evolving city her second home. The pages of this blog are filled with stories about her expat life in the sandpit. It features dining and travel adventures in and around the city and beyond. It also features food recipes, parenting tips, and fashion style.

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