I am always giddy with excitement when i hear of a new Italian opening since we have a severe lack of good hearty rustic Italians in the land of 1000 restuarants… so the moment i knew my husband was going i shoved my camera at him and he promised he would act as my “Avatar” to write this review!
First things first, the new place is a 100% q8y invention, not a franchise, created by two very enthusiastic q8y men who were very friendly and welcoming and deserve credit for this new funky creation. The cuisine is Sicilian, distinguished by the usage of fresh vegetables like Eggplants (Melenzane in italian!) and sea food with Arabian, Spanis, and Greek influences.
The restuarant is located on Shik resort on Albede3 Street, right next to the new TGI Fridays … and yes that is a construction site still which is why diners must have a reservation and they only serve dinner after the workers have called it a day.
The most prominent feature of the place is the interior theme… it feels like the place has been sucked into another dimension and suddenly things are jumbled up… chairs look upside down when they aren’t, tables hanging upside down as chandeliers and bottles coming out of drawers, again upside down! It;s like a modern restaurant in Star Trek with the the gravity regulator suddenly going bust!
The menu which -also available on their website- has a lot of appetizing dishes to choose from, and i personally would love to try their Ravioli when i dine there my self…
At the start of your meal, a complimentary pizza like bread with mushrooms and with tomatoes is brought to your table… it is said that it’s really good espeacially wih some chili infused olive oil…
Then the appetizers… a mushroom dish that was so good there was no time to take pictures -only of the last bite on a fork-, a crispy potato chips dish with some mustard sauce on top, and breaded shrimps. They say they were recommended a mini burger appetizers that they did not order sadly… every thing was polished off!
The main dishes were equally delicious, one was a breaded fish fillet with a side of creamy penne… one was penne arabiata topped with black olives, and my hubby for some reason decided to try a chicken escalope inside a panini… according to the diners the portions were generous, the food was really good, and there was nothing left to eat on their plates and sadly no space for desserts…
All in all… it was an amazing experience… my hubby came home well fed and happy and once it opens for the public i will try it my self and try to take pictures again and update this post!
If you would like to try it you can go to the reservations section of their website or you can give them a call on +965 97299288. I for one cannot wait to try them out my self