Carnevale, Jumeirah Beach Hotel – Gluten Free Dining, Dubai, UAE.
We recently went for dinner at Carnevale, an Italian restaurant located in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the staff recognised us, we haven’t dined there in close to one year. Anyway, we were shown to our table and one of the waiters came to welcome us. We ordered some wine and took our time to browse the menu. Duration this time another large table were seated not too far from us. Within minutes, they were all given a glass of champagne and the chef personally came out to welcome them.
At this point, we were still waiting for our bottle of wine to arrive that we’d ordered over 15 minutes ago. I understand that some guests may be considered more ’important’ than others. And that sometimes the chef comes out to talk directly to the guests due to dietary requirements etc. But I feel it’s unacceptable to offer guests a completely different level of service due to their status, or lack thereof.
The Long Wait
So, we patiently waited another 5 minutes before asking one of the waiter’s to find out when our wine would be arriving. Again, I could understand the long delay if they were busy. But aside from our table, there were only 2 or 3 other tables dining at the restaurant. I was a little irritated to say the least.
Eventually we received our bottle of wine and placed our order. In the meantime, the person I was dining with received their bread and the waiter informed me that the gluten free bread would be out shortly. Luckily, it did actually arrive within a few minutes. I then proceeded to ask for some butter, explaining that I couldn’t use the same butter that had been used on ‘normal’ bread as I have celiac. I wasn’t too surprised when my butter never arrived.
Anyway, to the food. To start, we both ordered the beef carpaccio with parmesan, truffle oil and cracked black pepper. It pains me to tell you that this was delicious. I joke – it doesn’t pain me at all. But honestly, the carpaccio was perfectly cut, not too thin and not too thick. And there was the perfect amount of cheese.
The main shortly followed. I ordered organic gluten free salmon with roasted vegetables. This was beautifully cooked and seasoned with just the right amount of sea salt. It melted in my mouth. I’m genuinely salivating at the thought of it.
For dessert, I had sorbet and I honestly couldn’t fault it. I opted for blood orange and green apple. My favourite had to be the blood orange and I’m not a huge orange fan. So yummy!
Overall, the food was amazing. Just a shame about the service. No one likes preferential treatment – unless you’re the one on the receiving end of it of course.
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