Per Te, meaning “for you” in Italian is a cozy little restaurant tucked away in Jumeirah, Dubai. Villa no. 54 to be exact. From the interiors, I was reminded of the countless pictures I’ve seen of Italy. Though I haven’t been there personally, I’ve had quite an experience with its food. I was recently invited for iftar by a very kind, Ms. Kaye Capistrano, to sample their Iftar set menu.
The place is quite beautifully done. With French windows on the outside, and comfortable interiors, it provides a homely atmosphere. Spread over 3000 sq ft, the restaurant offers a cafe, a dining area with an open kitchen, a store that sells their pasta, espresso and chocolate while also providing an alfresco terrace seating.
Moving on to the food, the Ramadan menu consisted of Jallab, Rose Milk or Rooh Afza for drinks. We chose a Jallab (An Arabic drink made with dates, grape mollases and rose water) and a Rose Milk. Though I enjoyed the latter, the Jallab was a disappointment. Mainly, as there was a lot of crushed ice which made the drink watery.
We were also served a fruit platter with dates, that I enjoyed thoroughly. Nothing is better than some drinks and fruits to break your fast. Soon enough, we were served their bread platter with three dips. Namely, Hummus, Muhammara sauce (my favorite among the three) and Arriabetta sauce. The breads were freshly made and soft. I even saved up some for the soup that was served next – A comforting lentil soup with mushroom tortellini.
Next, up, we had the Antipasti. This had a few hits and misses from me, mainly as I personally did not prefer some of its contents. To name a few, it consisted of burratta cheese, Arancini stuffed with spinach and Feta cheese, fried mozzarella, grilled prawns with turkey bacon, lamb liver skew, wine leaves stuffed with rice, caponata alla siciliana, and stuffed chicken supreme.While I wasn’t a big fan of the bresaola, chicken liver pate and the lamb liver skew, I enjoyed the rest. 🙂
For mains, I ordered a Grilled Beef Tournedos Steak with creamy mushroom sauce and traditional jarjir salad, while my companion chose a Sicilian style Seafood Stew served with Tunisian Couscous. My food palette consisted of four pieces of well-done steak, with an amazing creamy mushroom sauce and a salad that complemented it well. The meat could have been better cooked according to me since it was a bit chewy.
Coming to the other main course, we opted for shrimps and fish in our seafood stew. This dish deserves a ten on ten! The shrimps tasted good and the fish wasn’t bad either. The couscous also contained bits of potatoes, tomatoes, and asparagus.
The main course also consists of other options such as lamb and chicken.
While we were already too full with all the delicious food we were served with, we HAD to have dessert. How could we not? And when I saw my dessert arrive, I was beyond ecstatic! I loved the way it was arranged. It was one of those things that’s just too pretty to eat. The Dates Semifreddo consisted of layers of the half frozen ice cream, made with gelato produced in-house, topped with a dates syrup. The decos on the side were wonderfully carved meringues! I would visit Per Te surely for this one again! 😀
Coming to the service of the restaurant, it was impeccable! The servers were friendly and welcomed us warmly. The manager, Mr. Anushka Pradeep assisted us well and even asked us for our feedback from time to time.
Great atmosphere, friendly staff, a talented kitchen team, what more can you ask for when you want to kick back your shoes and relax in an Italian heaven?
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Disclaimer: Though I was a guest at Per Te, my opinions remain unbiased.
Until next time. xx