Situated inside the buzzing Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the Italian restaurant Segreto is the Souk’s very own hidden gem – a quiet and romantic spot with a modern twist on authentic Italian dishes.
If you’re in dire need of a peaceful break from all the chaos in the Madinat Souk, caused by shoppers trying to haggle down prices and lost tourists trying to find their way around, look no further. Segreto is the perfect little getaway, whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite or indulge in a four course meal.
We were seated outdoors overlooking the canal and Madinat Jumeirah – a dimly-lit setting perfect for a romantic date. All of the options on the menu sounded delicious. Unable to make a decision, our server suggested going for smaller portions of two starters instead of choosing just one – a genius idea.
Our favourite was definitely the Burrata cheese with large slices of tomatoes and pesto – the fresh and super soft Burrata cheese melted in the mouth and it went perfectly well with the minimal pesto sauce and crunchy basil leaves. Not a big fan of peas, the green peas and courgette soup poured on top of ricotta tortellini was, to my surprise, very very tasty. Warm and filling, the soup is a great choice for the colder months.
A true lover of risottos, we have found that many restaurants either undercook or overcook the dish. The risotto at Segreto however was cooked to perfection. But as delicious as it was, we could hardly taste any flavour from the pecans and pistachios, which we thought would be an interesting twist to the standard risotto.
We finished our meal with the chocolate fondant and hazelnut ice cream – a true chocolate lover’s paradise, leaving absolutely no space left in our tummies.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed being a guest at Segreto and it’s definitely on our list of the top Italian restaurants in Dubai.