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New York Italian flavours have arrived in the capital at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr with celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White! 

It is the season of new openings and re-launches in Abu Dhabi and Fairmont Bab Al Bahr has done it right. What can be more sensational than opening a new venue in a five-star luxury property with one of the most celebrated chefs, Marco Pierre White?

If you are a regular to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill, then with a blink and not a miss you will arrive to the new venue, Marco’s New York Italian. With plenty of this signature restaurant in the UK, the first one opens its door to the UAE food scene on 26 September 2019.

The restaurant is parted into three different aspects but marrying them together is the décor of whites, lights and getting the jungle into the concrete. The spacious lounge area right at the entrance is a perfect spot for pre and post dinner drinks. With soft white linen falling from the ceiling, the dining area is playing hide-and-go-seek to the viewers on each side. The focus however goes toward the bar area which brings New York City to Abu Dhabi. The striking floor to ceiling grass walls on either side of the bar hint at the

concrete jungle theme. This is complemented with a black and white floor pattern and mustard chairs across the bar throwing a subtle sign of the famous NYC cabs. The bar is a destination in itself at the restaurant.

If you are not bowled over by the interiors of the place, wait till you get to the menu. For his love toward New York City and remembering his Italian roots, Marco Pierre White has formulated the menu with feel-good senses to the palate. True to his belief that “diners will have exactly what they want to eat in portions they feel comfortable with and at a price they can afford”; the menu reflects this impulse. All time American favourites are spotted such as New York Buffalo Wings, New Orleans Burger, Mac and Cheese and more. One signature element binding them together is the Italian twist in the ingredients.

The Mac and Cheese with wild mushrooms and Italian hard cheese is a spot-on of what Marco’s New York Italian stands for. Steaks cooked to the desired perfection and served with hickory smoked BBQ glaze along with New York fries are a testimony in itself. Another favourite from the menu is the Beetroot Carpaccio; well sliced beetroot that can be mistaken for meat, is taking you by surprise with goat cheese and candied walnuts. The medley on the menu has a few savoury notes of seafood as well that one must indulge in; especially the salmon fillet with Tuscan bean ragu.

The city flooded with brunches and way too many fine dining options, Marco’s New York Italian comes to the stage with a freshness of gourmet yet cosy flavours. Head to this concrete jungle at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr and we assure you will leave with a hearty smile for the evening.

By Suma Potluri, a finance & marketing professional who has lived in the UAE for almost 6 years. With a passion for travel, food and food photography, Suma finds the best places to indulge in and shows them off on LittleHungryNinja.com. Follow her appetising shots on @LittleHungryNinja in Instagram. 

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