Nineteen – Address Montgomerie, Dubai – Review
Italian food is known for its simplicity of ingredients, flavorful-ness, and a peculiar delicacy. It exudes the cultural overtones that sum up the romance of the Italian people with food. With an abundance of regional produce and specialties, Italian food has a special place on the culinary map of the world which cannot be replaced. On a little escapade to discover the true rustic taste of the Italian cuisine we headed to Nineteen the signature restaurant at Address Montgomerie, to unveil the coveted Italian fares at the promising and picturesque Italian joint.
Set within the elegant Emirates Hills community, with 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Colin Montgomerie, Nineteen at the Address Montgomerie is a sophisticated yet subtly animated restaurant offering an interesting take on service that promises to deliver the best by giving special attention to understanding the guest’s palate.
Overlooking the lush greens and of The Address Montgomerie Dubai’s championship golf course, Nineteen has a clean interior yet there’s a dominant feel of liveliness that is inseparable to Italian lifestyle. The interior brags an open kitchen which further adds to the energy of the space. The crisp white linen and large prints displaying elements of Italian lifestyle hanging on the wall adds to the charm of the place. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and reminiscent of old art deco club houses.
As soon as we settled in we were greeted by the restaurant’s operation manager, Lorenzo De Martin, a pure Italian in the real sense. Being an Italian himself, Lorenzo explained the whole philosophy of Italian cuisine and how food plays an important role in connecting people with each other. Food in Italian culture is a source of bonding and sharing. Explaining more about the pan-Italian flavors and the concept of ‘Aperitivo’ (*The word “aperitivo” is the name for both the ritual of going out for a pre-dinner drink, as well as the sort of drink that you would probably have at such a ritual. “Aperitivo” comes from the Latin word meaning “to open” and in Italian, you still describe the effect of something appetizing), Lorenzo explained how at Nineteen they strive to understand the guest’s palate first and then prepare the food by infusing the preferred flavors with fine gastronomical details. Hearing this we let our self-loose and trusted our guts to let the Chef plan our plate. We explained our basic taste as well as our protein preferences, and the rest was left to the Chef’s imagination.
First came the starters, with a variety of home-made bread including Fucasia, Grinisi, walnut and fennel bread along with ‘Carpaccio Di Pollo’ which included raw hand cut thin slices of beef tenderloin, radicchio confit, rocket salad, capers, eggplants, figs. The carpaccio Di Pollo was a delightful entrée with a lot of flavors to try and taste. As no Italian table is complete without Burrata, we also tried the succulent Italian classic oozing with soft milky/cheesy perfection that took us to a trip to heaven and back.
After a mouthwatering tête-à-tête with the antipasti, our expectations for the main course was considerably high and we were super inquisitive about how the Chef would interpret our palate and customize our meal accordingly. The first part of the main course was Caicio e Pepe (pasta in white pecorino sauce) the preparation of the pasta was a fete in itself. The sheer process of melding the pasta in a giant cheese ball was utterly enticing and totally made us slobber over it. The pasta was then topped with fresh summer truffle for the ultimate finishing touch. It probably was the best Caicio e Pepe I have ever had. Simple with unadulterated flavors, it deserved pretty much all the culinary accolades it can get!
After the flavor bursting round of pasta, we were ready for the second half of the main course. The other half included Filetto Di Manzo Con Foie Gras (U.S prime beef tenderloin, foie gras, asparagus) and Filetto Di Spigola (pan seared sea bass, artichokes, French beans leek sauce). The Prime Beef was cooked to perfection (medium to well-done), it was succulent dribbling with juices with a deliciously tender texture accompanied with foie gras that added extra flavor and asparagus the delicious crunch. The Filetto Di Spigola was another master creation. With tender pieces of sea bass floating in a tangy leek sauce, Chef Marcello Vigano did an amazing job creating a dish that was literally a mind-blowing nuptial of flavors, mildly spicy sauce with zesty sweet pineapples… We were blown away!
To finish off the whole meal we were treated with two different desserts, Affogate Al Caffe Con Zabaione (vanilla ice cream and expresso coffee and zabaione cream) and the quintessential Tiramisu. It brought a sweet and pleasant end to the evening.
The most interesting thing that we learned while dining at Nineteen, Address Montgomerie, was that food undoubtedly has the potential to connect us with the world. It opens us up to the world that is different from ours yet has the same yearning and essential humanness that is in all of us. The dynamic Italian duo Chef Marcello Vigano and Manager Lorenzo De Martin, along with the whole team and the beautiful setting of the Address Montgomerie makes it inevitably the best place in Dubai to try authentic Italian cuisine without any doubts…