A little bit of Italy in the heart of Jumeirah ….
You will be forgiven for thinking you have arrived at a restaurant that has closed down when you pull up outside of Per Te in Jumeirah 1. The outside needs some tender loving care and a dash of paint. The inside doesn’t fair much better, clean yes, but lacking in any kind of atmosphere. You wouldn’t even know it was an Italian Restaurant. The tables are all bare, no condiments, no table cloths, nothing. The walls are white washed and stark, there is no colour in this restaurant at all. I was really beginning to think we had made a mistake in choosing Per Te for lunch, especially as we were the only people in the restaurant as well!!
The menu wasn’t huge but there is a good selection of starters, pasta, pizza and rather nice looking meat and fish section. There is also a small but good selection of desserts. We decided on the bruschetta al pomodoro el basilica to start, followed by the linguine fruitti de mare with a margherita pizza (wood fired). Before our dishes arrived we were served complimentary bread with three dips. The dips were all outstanding but the arrabiata one was by far the best, I could have eaten an entire jar of that alone. The bruschetta was so tasty, you could feel the freshness of the ingredients, perfectly put together to give you a real taste sensation, but not too heavy on the garlic and beautifully complimented with a side of fresh wild rocket leaves. The linguine fruitti de mare; linguine pasta with calamari, clams, mussels, kings prawns and cherry tomatoes with chili and garlic was absolutely AMAZING. Regular readers know that I adore my seafood dishes, this one hit the mark big time. The margherita pizza was another winner. Chef Gladwin appeared like magic from the open plan kitchen where the rest of his team were eagerly awaiting to hear if we had enjoyed our food, enjoyed is an understatement, it was exceptionally good and wild horses won’t keep us away from visiting again. I have to go back anyway to try the tiramisu 😉
Note to the owners of Per Te – I know you have only been open a short time and you are officially on your soft opening but you MUST do something with the decor of the outlet. You have a prime location, a fabulous Chef who needs customers to feed. Get some colour into the place, some pictures on the walls etc and get a vibe going that will make people want to come back again and again. I am sure Per Te will be a huge success if you make some alterations to the restaurant’s appearance.
Per Te is located behind Jumeirah Plaza, Jumeirah 1, Street 12c to be exact, you can call them on 04 344 6455 if you can’t find them, it is a bit tricky first time. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter. If you enjoyed this review you may want to like my Facebook page and sign up for my newsletter below. Thank you 🙂