Picture the scene.
You are sitting at a table overlooking the Corniche and watching the world go by below you, some strolling, some on roller blades and some on 4 seater bikes and then someone brings you some really very good food! To cap it all there are fireworks going off nearby as well. Bliss.
OK the fireworks didn't last long but they were there! Romantic or what?
Back to the restaurant review. Having read the reviews for Pesto it was always going to be on the "to do" list and so we did. We chose to sit outside, upstairs and as a previous reviewer has said the view was superb. The service was very good, perhaps the only down side being we weren't asked if we would like something to drink when we were seated, but after that all was correct, with a smile and attentive without being hovering!
The food. Firstly some bread with pesto, tomatoes and tapenade for dips. Then for starters a selection of marinated fish which was excellent. The vitello tonnato had too much creamy sauce in my opinion but it was delicate enough not to mask the flavours of the veal and tuna (an unusual combination!).
Main courses were Frittura which was all in light batter and looked really good. Here perhaps the Chilli dipping sauce could be either a) a little less fiery, it rather masked the flavours of the fish or b) replaced with Tatare sauce. Just a thought. Rack of Lamb in a Pistachio crust with vegetables. Cooked as you like it, my medium rare was medium rare. Good, crumbly Polenta and vegetables "al dente". The only thing missing was a good bottle of Pinot Grigio!
No desserts but a very nice Espresso. All in all a really good meal.
Not the cheapest restaurant in RAK but you'll pay much more in the hotels and it won't be any better. Well worth the 300AED (water and soft drinks in there as well)
We will, in the words of Arnie, be back.
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October 24, 2013
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It is a pleasure to read such a wonderful review of your experience at Pesto restaurant. We were delighted to read that you have enjoyed your time with us and many thanks for your kind words about our location, food and service. Your constructive comments will be shared with our team, and review like yours is a wonderful source of motivation for us. Here at Pesto we take great pride in our staff and learning that our both front and kitchen team have been successful in looking after our guests always inspires us all. With great pleasure we will convey a commendation to our entire team and give a special mention to the areas to improve. You may have heard already, we are opening our 2nd restaurant in Al Hamra area where we will serve extensive wine menu.
We appreciate your support and are very grateful that you would recommend us so warmly. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Pesto restaurants together with your family.
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