Last Thursday night was a hectic one, so after doing a bit of after-work furniture shopping
We don’t usually order Italian food as we cook a lot of it at home, but Tomato & Basilico had popped up a few times on the radar, and they’d previously got in touch for a review, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
For appetizers, we chose the Mozzarelline Fritte (fried mozzarella balls) and the Minestrone Soup. For mains, we were advised to stick to their fresh (Fresca on their menu) list and after some deliberation, we opted for TortellonI Di Carne Con Panna Rucola E Grana (tortelloni filled with beef ragout in fresh cream sauce topped with rocca and parmesan shavings) and the Gnocchi Di Patate Gorgonzola E Noci (potato gnocchi in creamy gorgonzola and walnut sauce) and for desserts, I couldn’t look past their cheesecake of the week.
The food arrived 5 mins earlier than expected which was nice, however, I was stuck in traffic on Al Khail Road, so I asked the wife to start so it wouldn’t get cold – hence the photography used in the is review is from the restaurant itself – the portion sizes and look of the food is an accurate representation though.
I finally arrived home and the wife has just started to tuck in the mains, she’d saved me some Minestrone soup which was excellent – very hearty, packed full of veg and an authentic representation of a classic.
Sadly, the Mozzarella balls didn’t travel too well – sweating inside a plastic container is never going to be good for deep-fried food, especially when I was late (no fault of the restaurant of course), but they were tasty nevertheless with the tangy, tomato-based sauce that accompanied it – quite small though and for only six balls, perhaps a tad expensive at 38 AED?
All the “fresca” section of the menu is handmade and the kitchen have obviously got a talented kitchen team, as the tortelloni was constructed perfectly and the gnocchi was fluffier than any takeaway-Italian food that I’ve had before. In terms of flavour, we made slightly poor choices by selecting two creamy based dishes as there wasn’t much variance – but again, no fault of the restaurant.
The filling in the tortelloni was tasty and the contrast with the creamy, rich sauce and fresh rocca was enjoyable. It was, however, a little bit floury and could have perhaps been brought up a notch with a bit more cheese. As mentioned already, the construction of the gnocchi was excellent and the addition of the gorgonzola to the cream sauce elevated it compared to the sauce on the tortelloni. Despite minor complaints, we both enjoyed both dishes and found the portion sizes generous and had leftovers for the next day.
The cheesecake was a fantastic end to the meal, the base had a satisfying bite to it and the creamy middle and chocolate top was divine, it was a large slab so I grazed on it throughout the next couple of days too.
Overall, we both enjoyed our meal. The soup and cheesecake were the stand-outs but the quality of pasta and gnocchi was admirable for a mid-range priced restaurant.
We’ll happily order again and just have a mix of creamy and fresh sauces to add a bit more contrast the next time!
Delivery Areas: All neighbourhoods within 20-minute vicinity of Motor City, Silicon Oasis, JLT & Kite Beach (check Zomato for full details)
Total Price: 178 AED in total + delivery charge – not bad at all for two starters, two mains and a generous dessert.
Delivery Time: 25 mins
Methods of ordering: Zomato, Direct from Restaurant
Quality of Food: 4/5 – the fresh pasta was a standout in terms of quality
Portion Sizes: 3.5/5 – mainly very good, but the mozzarella balls were a little small for the price
Value for Money: 4/5 – it’s rare you’ll get well-constructed, fresh pasta dishes for under 50 AED so very reasonable.
Would I order again? Yes!