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Iftar with a twist, Per Te Ristorante e Café Dubai

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Hi guys,

Apologies for my long absence but I’ve been a bit under the weather which has been super annoying. I’m one of those special breeds flips hair that rarely falls sick, I’m too hyper for that ish, but then you get the occasional week in I don’t know 5 years? Where even being a dirty sock is better than being you because it’s just too damn painful.

Anyway the good news is that I feel much better, thanks for asking (I know you care). Just before I fell ill, I was determined to bring you as many Iftar reviews as possible. Today I’ll be talking about my experience at Per Te a hidden jem in Jumeirah that is super fabulous in my opinion.

I went with Zainab remember her from here? Unfortunately she won’t be able to share her thoughts this time as she is nestled up somewhere in the Maldives. How sway?

So it is entirely up to me to tell you all about it and I have got to start with the décor. In Beyoncé’s words “Flawless”. I mean you can’t go wrong when you turn a villa into a restaurant. That’s my secret living situation goal. Live upstairs with bae and run a restaurant and a bar downstairs. No one lives upstairs at Per Te though; it has been remodeled as dinning areas with a great rooftop that’s open only in the winter months. Walking into the restaurant, I felt so CHIC. If you could make the word chic into a dress and wear it, that’s what Per Te feels like. The unique light bulbs, the wide almost vintage chairs, the alluring table set ups, the freshly made pasta ornaments, herbs growing from little flower pots, even the tall shelf of tomato sauces added to the charm.

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I really liked it; in fact I was already planning my next visit with the girls without even trying the food. Their Iftar selection is called ”Ifar with a twist” and it really was. Not that I have anything against Arabic cuisine but after several Iftars with biryani you start to crave something else. This Iftar was that “something”, with a selection of starters, antipasti, main course and dessert from the à la carte Ramadan menu, it was definitely not just another Ramadan buffet.

IMG_1279 2 IMG_1282When I saw the menu, it had an antipasti selection of burrata cheese, crab cake with pesto mayonnaise, grilled polenta, vine leaves stuffed with rice, arancini stuffed with spinach and feta cheese, baby spinach with bresaola and fig, grilled prawns with turkey bacon etc. I told the waitress I’d like to have the buratta but then she said it all included in one platter and I flipped! A perfect situation where I get to try a bit of everything? Bingo. It was such a great selection of savory, sweet, fresh and juicy food.

IMG_1289 IMG_1295 2 IMG_1294 2 IMG_1293 2 I shared the platter with Zainab and we’d cut through each selection so we could both try everything, let me tell you were in a really god mood by the time we were done. All the ingredients were flown from Italy or carefully sourced locally, the food felt really authentic in fact the only negative comment I have is that there was a lot of olive oil going on in true Italian fashion. So that platter will not be an everyday dinning choice but it will definitely be an every other day one.

I was so pleased with the platter, I nearly ordered a second one instead of the main but I behaved myself. I had the Grilled baby chicken with traditional Arabic spicy potatoes and I was once again drawn into a plethora of flavor and yumminess. For almighty dessert Per Te pulled out all their stops with the date semifreddo.

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Do not order if you’re dinning alone you might just gobble it all up and spend the rest of 2015 working out. It was the most decadent, delicious, creamy crispy dessert I have ever had. So good I can’t describe it, you know what? You just have to try it.

IMG_1312 2 IMG_1314For reservations, call 04 344 6455 or send an email to . Group bookings accepted.

Location & Timing

Per Te is located in Villa no. 54, Street 12C, Behind Jumeirah Plaza, Jumeirah 1. The restaurant is open daily from 12pm to 11.30pm on weekdays and from 12pm to late on weekends.

During Ramadan, Per Te will be open from Iftar until 2am.

Facebook: @PerTeDubai Twitter: @PerTeDubai Instagram: @Per_Te_Dubai

Price: Approx 150 Aed

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