Chef's Table Dinner at Sacci - The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa.
When I looked at the menu early in the evening, the Carne course caught my attention, me being someone who loves a serious piece of beef. A Striploin tagliata, with grilled asparagus., morels ragout and smoked Taggiasca olive oil is served. The presentation is classic. The asparagus walks that fine line between being well cooked while retaining its crunch. Nice. The striploin is a perfect choice. Firm but juicy and tender, it brings more intensity than a tenderloin.
The next dish is brought to the table, the Formaggi of Pecorino and white asparagus soufflé with asparagus dust and pecorino cialda - a simple dish in appearance that also looks hearty. While I wait for mine, the aroma from person's dish next to me is intense, and I cannot wait to try some. Soon I have mine and try it. It is nice and warm, rich from all that cheese, but balanced just right by the cold fennel salad on the side. A dish full of comfort. We go back to the Villa Sandi Prosecco because the fruity taste goes well with the salty, cheese flavours in the dish.
Finally, as we get ready for our Dolce, there is a bit of a buzz at the table. I was curious to see how Chef would create a dessert with asparagus. While that question was answered when I saw the menu, I was eager to try his aspagarus gelato. Pear and ricotta tartlet, with green asparagus gelato, white asparagus and pine praline is served. The gelato is a delight. Chef has managed to balance the essence of asparagus with the sweetness that one wants in a gelato. The rest of the dish brings a lot of texture with the slight chewy sponge, the soft pear slice and the crunchy pralines all adding complexity to the dessert. Amazing, and a dessert I would gladly order from a menu.A fitting finale!
Sacci's first Chef's Table went off effortlessly and smoothly. It was hard to believe that it was the first one they hosted. The synergy and flow between Chef Stefano introducing the dishes and Matteo talking about the choice of wine was a pleasure to behold. The relaxed nature of this interplay contributed so much to the success of this evening. The key tenet of Sacci's philosophy is homeliness, something that I have experienced at dinner, brunch and now at the Chef's Table.
Sacci continues in a very quiet way to make guests feel it is a place they want to come back to again and again, and diners are taking note. A visit to tripadvisor.com shows it has been in the top 5 restaurants in Abu Dhabi the last 2 months, including a run at #1! Chef's Table is another step towards ensuring this unpretentious Italian restaurant remains one of the top spots for a hearty and wholesome experience in Abu Dhabi, from their fine dishes to their hospitality and service.
The low down
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa,
02 616 9999
600 AED net