Restaurant Review: Nineteen
Avg. Cost per Person:245 Dhs
Location:The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills , Dubai
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The juicy roasts
Friday brunch 12.30pm-3.30pm
04 390 5600
“A table for two outside please,” my dining partner and I said when the amiable restaurant manager, Lorenzo, asked us where we’d like to be seated.
The Italian-inspired brunch at Nineteen just won’t feel complete without a view of the championship golf course at The Address Montgomerie Dubai. And so al fresco it was, as we settled into the chairs in the dining space that Lorenzo quickly put together. I could see a couple of golfers already on the greens.
The brunch atmosphere is very relaxed here; even the music is soothing enough to encourage conversations. Everyone looked like they were having a good time, with waiters and waitresses making sure that guests’ beverages continue to flow. Service here is also efficient and unobtrusive, which only slightly dipped when the restaurant reached full capacity.
The seafood section with fresh crabs, clams and mussels
Soon, we were on our feet to check out the buffet area inside. The spread was on a more intimate scale, but the food transported me to Italy. The seafood section by a corner—with fresh crabs, clams and mussels siting a bed of ice—was my first stop.
Next was the beautifully presented selection of appetizers, salads, cold cuts, cheeses and breads arranged on dishes artfully elevated on wooden logs spread on a beautiful long, wooden table. You can tell that the people behind the brunch really put a lot of thought into the presentation to give it that rustic Italian feel.
At the center was the live cooking station and the roasted meat section, which held plenty of juicy surprises. If you’re a non-Muslim, go check out the section on the far right corner of the restaurant.
I liked that the buffet also included a set-menu of mains served at the table. The chef’s choice for the week included an extra creamy cheese eggplant lasagna (one of the best I’ve ever tasted), ravioli with ricotta and spinach, and fish croquette with aioli sauce. We washed that down with Lorenzo’s recommendation from the well-stocked bar. The Italian makes us feel like we’ve just stepped into an Italian home.
For dessert, we headed back inside and strolled into the dessert station that held a tempting array of cakes and other sweets. I recommend the strawberry cheesecake and the macaroons—both melt-in-your-mouth!
We wanted to stay after 3:30pm, but the staff were already clearing tables for their dinner setup. We did, however, leave the place feeling like we were closer to Italy than we ever thought.