I always love new dining concepts so Mr. S and I decided to check out the Saturday Family Lunch at the coastal Italian restaurant, Positano, at the JW Marriott Marquis.
Because this is Dubai, I expected this to be another buffet, similar to the Positano’s Sunday Evening Brunch. But this lunch is completely different. The menu is designed for sharing. You choose a selection of five antipasti, one pizza, one pasta, and one main and you share – family-style!
The thing I love about Positano is that there food is always so gorgeous, fresh and colourful. Here’s our cold antipasti – caprese salad, bresaola, and grilled asparagus with pecorino cheese and lemon zest. It’s almost too pretty to eat!
For hot antipasti, we opted for eggplant parmigiana and fried calamari.
By this point, we realised that there was going to be A LOT of food. Below is our pizza – half margherita, half pepperoni.
You choose 1 pasta made from Positano’s handmade pasta. We ordered the fusilli with eggplant, tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella. They bring the entire saucepan to the table so you really feel like you’re at home – though my meals never look like this!
You have choice of 3 mains – sea bream, whole chicken or grilled rib eye, all served with roast potatoes and vegetables. We chose the sea bream. The menu says it’s a whole sea bream, but we were quite relieved when we saw it was only a fillet.
Served in the saucepan. Almost like being at home!
By this point we were excruciatingly stuffed. But how could you resist these beautful desserts? They bring their entire dessert tray to your table for you to drool over. Pannacotta, flourless chocolate cake, ricotta cheesecake or tiramisu. Yes, please!
This tiramisu tastes better eaten out of this cute little mason jar. Mr. S had the ricotta cheesecake, which was delicious, like the inside of a cannoli. He made the better choice again!
For me, the antipasti again stole the show. But I always love something different so I still enjoyed this lunch overall – even though I ate far more than I normally would because the food was in front of me and I didn’t want it to go to waste. But given the choice, I’d stick to Positano’s Sunday Evening Brunch instead where they have a near infinite choice, ten times more gorgeous antipastis, and an entire room full of desserts.
Verdict: Great for something different, but the Sunday Evening Brunch is still the way to go.
Note to self: Don’t be ashamed to ask for a doggie bag!
JW Marriott Marquis
Chow for now!