Cafe Milano for an Italian Iftar experience - Four Seasons Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Having tried the restaurant during the day for brunch, I have to start by saying it is even more exquisite at night. The pristine tablecloths and immaculate silver lend a fine but not intimidating touch to the restaurant. I do, however, think they have not quite worked out the lighting though, but this can be easily solved.
I believe I set my weight loss program back when I try the bread and olive oil. It has to be the most beautiful olive oil I have had as a standard offering in the city. Smooth, aromatic and so easy on the palate. My waiter for the night, Riccardo Mennella, pays it the respect it deserves through his narrative and by a way he pouring it in a way that engenders respect.
If you have tried the brunch at Cafe Milano, you will see the connection to this iftar concept. My guest and I are served a selection of sharing antipasti. Carpaccio di salmone or Marinated salmon with orange fennel salad is fresh with a beautiful balance between the orange and fennel. It is just a perfect Summer dish.
The Frittata di cipolle or Potato and onion omelette is memorable because of the Parmigiano cheese sauce - in no way does it overpower the rest of the dish. The portions are decidedly fine, but as I glance at the menu once more, I am reminded that there are a lot of dishes to come. Next, the Melanzane alla Parmigiana or Eggplant Parmigiana is what you would expect. It is a classic and does not disappoint.
Returning my thoughts to the menu, there is a choice of main courses. Unable to decide, my guest and I sample all three. Again, these are served table side. Galleto arrosto or Grilled cornish hen is served along with the Costolette d'agnello alla griglia or Grilled lamb rack. In addition, we also try the Filetto di orata or Roasted sea bream fillet (not pictured).