Life gets so very busy in a city like Dubai. If you have my luck and live in old Dubai but work in Media City and have to drive with traffic both ways, you will know that a commute will suck the life out of you unless you are distracted (thank you, Serial!!!). However, most of the time when you are still stuck in your car for at least 45 minutes (for an otherwise 17 minute ride) and realise that your plan to evade traffic by going to the gym after work and beating rush-hour is failing miserably, you go home and want to do absolutely nothing but put on some comfy pj’s and watch TV.
You know what happens after this? You don’t see friends for weeks and weeks become months and on it goes. It’s heartbreaking. And stupid. And so I decided I had too much of this going on for a little while and I was going to put a stop to it. Scheduled date nights are the only way to ensure one on one quality time with friends.
A very dear friend of mine and I decided to kick this date night idea into motion and go out to celebrate (much belated but still) my 30th do. And she suggested Serafina in Souk Al Bahar.
We initially had a table on the patio – fountain, Burj view and all the fun stuff. However, once we got there, we realised there was a jazz band set up inside and both of us being music fiends, couldn’t resist. We asked to change our table and moved indoors only to then find out that if we were seated indoors, it was ladies night (Wednesdays). Only the most apt for our girlfriend date night! What that meant was two free cocktails, selected glasses of wine or mocktails and a 35% discount on the food. A total score!
When it came to the food, we decided we were going all out. Three full courses. It was a celebration after all!
I have this rule. If I see burrata on a menu, I order it. And I am so glad we did. This cheese was creamy and fresh and all sorts of amazing things. There was a hint of honey on the plate too giving it the perfect amount of sweetness.
The calamari batter was perfectly seasoned and we went through this little basket like it was nothing.
I ordered the Farfalle Al Limoncello – farfalle pasta with shrimp, lemon zest, lemon juice and light cream. I asked them add capers to the dish. Because, you know, always go with capers. And it was the most genius idea. The sauce was perfect – not too heavy and the capers complimented the citrus perfectly, making it easy to finish the plate.
My friend went for the Ravioli Al Tartufo Nero di Norcia which involved black truffle, Italian imported ricotta and black truffle sauce. This too was perfectly flavored and the portion size was perfect. And let’s be honest, can anyone go wrong with black truffle?
For dessert, even though we were so comfortably full, we decided on their tiramisu. It was more creamy and less cake-y (just how I like it) and the perfect way to end the meal.
The music just really hit the spot. I don’t know the name of the band or if they play anywhere else in the city, but they are worth the stop, folks!
All in all, I can’t wait to head back there for many a girlfriend catch-up date nights and try more of their menu. Give this place a try – you won’t be disappointed!