Basilico – Cove Rotana, Ras Al Khaimah Restaurant Review
Basilico is an upscale fine dining restaurant within the Cove Rotana. With a focus on Italian dishes, this Mediterranean restaurant really does offer its guests an array of eclectic dishes. On the surface the restaurant appears to have a traditional focus, with its wooden floors and homely Italian feel, yet the menu perfectly combines the old classics with a more modern variety of dishes.
Julia, the Specialty Outlet Manager, was exceptionally helpful. Having an allergy herself (although not to gluten) has left her understanding how difficult it can be to avoid certain foods and how important it is for the staff to take extra care when preparing food for someone with an allergy. As you can imagine, this was extremely comforting to learn.
Suraj, our waiter for the evening, was just as helpful. Taking us through the menu and advising me on what gluten free dishes he’d recommend. And his choices were spot on. To start I ordered pan-fried tiger prawns with a salad of rocket leaves, cherry tomatoes, parmesan shavings and aged balsamic dressing. The prawns were amazing, perfectly cooked with a nice garlicy kick. Portion wise, the dish was well balanced. Not too much or too little of any one ingredient.
For my main I ordered the Certified US Angus rib eye steak with sweet potato mash. I like my steak very rare and recently decided to opt for blue, although the meat was closer to medium-rare, the steak was delicious. No sauce required (which is probably a good thing considering all of the sauces contained gluten). The sweet potato mash comes highly recommended, with its smooth and creamy texture, but not too sickly overall taste. I also tried the roasted organic salmon with avocado, white rice, caviar velute and dill. The salmon itself was a little dry but the dish as a whole was very wholesome and tasty. It’s also worth noting that they have gluten free pasta available.
Dessert wise there were not too many gluten free options on offer but they did have one very interesting sounding one; nougat marazin with mango coulis, chocolate frosting, nuts and fresh kiwi. Now I’m not a nougat fan so I can’t really comment but it does sound very tempting.
I’d highly recommend Basilico. The staff were extremely friendly, the food was great and the wine list was exceptional. The only thing I would say is be careful when ordering things that need to be fried – I was informed that the chips were gluten free as they were cooked in a dedicated chip fryer. Although this is great, gluten-containing breadcrumbs are still utilised within this fryer so if you’re celiac just stay clear of anything that needs to be fried. Other than that, you’re good to go.
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