Restaurant Review – Manzoni

We had a perfectly delightful Friday Brunch a while ago, with some exceptionally good service and food. Manzoni, which is an Italian restaurant located at Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers, has now changed its menu; making it more casual, authentic to the cuisine and for a lower price (we’re talking 15% to 25% reduction in their prices). For a food blogger, the one thing that turns us on is the lighting at a restaurant. And Manzoni is surrounded by glass walls enabling natural light to shine through and brighten up the entire restaurant (plus points there).
Its also worth mentioning that the white hues add a touch of sophistication and class to the restaurant, giving it that fine dining vibe.
As for the food, the Brunch is served to you at the table itself which we loved. Not only does it save time getting off our seats every now and then, but it also adds a touch of refinement as each dish is presented with beauty and intricacy at our table.
The first round was a selection of salads, which included a Citrus Salad, Cold Beef with Tuna Sauce, Cod Fish with Potato and Cherry Tomatoes and Eggplant parmigiana. The Citrus Salad tasted refreshing, but it was pretty average.
There were mixed reviews on the table regarding the Cod Fish Salad. Although the fish tasted beautiful and went well with the potatoes and dressing, the flavor on the whole tasted a bit ordinary.
The Cold Beef with Tuna Sauce was something we relished and wanted more of. We loved how well the dish was presented, and the premium quality of meat used which was pretty evident with the taste. Also, the Tuna Sauce to our surprise complemented the beef very well.
We’ve got to say though, the star of our salad display had to be the Eggplant Parmigiana that transported us right back to Italy. We couldn’t find a fault with this dish – the eggplant was perfectly soft and melted in our mouths, the marinara sauce was perfectly seasoned and spice and the addition of cheese was generous. The ingredients complemented each other and tasted absolutely delightful!

Our next spread was of some of the best pizzas Manzoni has to offer. We had four types of pizza – Margherita, Diavolo, Anchovy and Vegetarian. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could opt for four individual pizzas with separate topping. However, we knew how “overwhelming” Italian food can be sometimes, hence we opted for two toppings split on one pizza.  Our first pizza had toppings of Margherita and Anchovy. Since we are biased to the simplicity of a Margherita, we preferred that over the anchovy. The tomato sauce was filed with flavor, and the portion of cheese was perfectly balancing the tomato sauce. Delicious! Our second pizza comprised of Diavolo (which contains pepperoni) and Vegetarian pizza. Its a no brainer as to why we preferred the Diavolo topping more (meat always wins). However toppings aside, the base of the pizza itself was perfectly thin, crisp and soft. Inspite of the pizza being cooked in a gas oven (and not wood fire), the taste is still delicious!
Our next selection was a spread of pasta. We started of with Penne Pomodoro which is pasta cooked in a tomato based sauce. This was one of our favorites for two reasons – perfectly al dente pasta and a very refreshing and light tomato sauce.
We also relished the Risotto with butternut squash. As for the flavor, is was spot on. However the risotto itself was a bit overcooked. The Spaghetti with seafood sauce was another favorite. The flavors were clean highlighting the taste of the seafood, and we loved how the dish on the whole wasn’t to heavy.
For our mains, we each had choice of one among four dishes. We sampled the Beef Stew that had an amazing flavor and richness. The beef was tender and the potatoes complemented it very well. We also had the Baby squid that was cooked perfectly and served with peas and potatoes. A simple a wholesome dish.
We also loved the hammour and the way it was cooked. The crust had a lovely season and texture to it, elevating the dish to a whole new level.
As for the dessert, we were a bit disappointed in terms of variety since we were presented only with fruits and a small serving of Tiramisu. The Tiramisu itself was delicious, which made us devour our bowls clean, however we wish we had more desserts to sample.
Ambiance – 3/5
Food – 3/5
Service – 3.5/5
Value – 3.5/5

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