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“A pleasant place to eat dinner”
Review of Dolmen - CLOSED

Dolmen
Price range: $24 - $80
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: A place to listen to good music, browse books that tell of the culture of our country, enjoy simple dishes that belong to traditional Sicilian dishes, drinking a good glass of Sicilian wine. Closed on Mondays.
Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a sweet little restaurant down a side street, easy to find and access. Although it was raining there was quite a large party of Italians sitting outside under the awning in the courtyard. The owner is warmly welcoming, offers a glass of prosecco to you on arrival, followed by tasty amuse bouches. Our meal was excellent, Nero d'Avola wine delicious and the atmosphere busy with a large table of rather noisy Americans in a side room but amazingly calm at the same time. Good music plays unobtrusively in the background. The antipasto of seafood is superb with a good selection of delicious raw and cooked fish and shellfish and our main fish courses were excellent too, served with a good selection of vegetables, quite unusual for Sicily. Desserts were lovingly prepared and of a high standard. The prices were very fair for such good quality cooking and charming service.

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1  Thank Maxigriff
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

On a miserable Sunday night this was the closest restaurant to our hotel. We knew the reviews were good so in we went
The owner greeted us with a glass of prosecco and with our small amount of each others languages we ordered
Before we'd eaten we were joined by 2 fellow guests from out VJV tour.
All the food was very nice. The only problem me and my wife found was that our mains of pork and lamb respectively, were just that and quite skimpy. The side of seasonal vegetables was just a plate of greens.
The wine was good and the whole meal about what we'd expect to pay in Sicily
The friendly owner introduced us to his family before we left and he sent us on our way with a glass of grappa. His wife is the cook and a good one too!!

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Thank GasheadBristol
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

Dolmen
A fantastic find slightly off the beaten track opposite the botanic gardens, the restaurant is modern, light and airy with music loud enough to be heard but not to interfere with conversation. We started with an amusee bouchée of a crispy deep fried fennel fritter and a mini bruschetta with aubergine and tomato, the mixed sea food we shared as an antipasta had us both in a dilemma trying to choose which of the five dishes that came with the four dish platter we liked best. The chef (the hosts wife) had chosen a wonderful combination of lightly smoked carpaccio of tuna and swordfish that just melted in the mouth, small sardines so fresh combined with an amazing combination of swordfish, aubergine, tomato and capers , also prawns in salt lemon and oil and a delightful contrast of textures with a salad of octopus, tomatoes, celery and olives. All seasoned to perfection. We waited in eager anticipation for our main course which did not disappoint . I had swordfish with olives, capers and tomatoes which was wonderfully cooked, my husband had Sicilian swordfish rolls with an orange spring onion and fennel salad : a perfect combination of flavours dressed with a soft olive oil. We finished by sharing a Sicilian Tiramisu which was also wonderful. A truly memorable meal just so sad the restaurant was not as full as it deserved to be. For us *****

Thank ssl53
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Just a few hundred yards away from Villa Carlotta, this is a new(ish) restaurant. We went there for dinner on our first night and it was defining experience. Wish we had taken pictures of the restaurant and the food.
The owner is an architect and you can tell that the restaurant has been thoughtfully designed by him. He is also passionate about wines so do ask him for recommendations. He recommended a local fresh red that was excellent with our seafood and fish dishes.

His wife is the co-owner and chef and turns out traditional Sicilian fare that merits fine dining ratings. The ingredients are fresh and lovingly assembled and cooked. They serve .a whole-meal Castelmola bread that is a welcome change from all the white bread served in the region.

The sticiker price is a surprise (in a good way): it is amazingly inexpensive for such a fine restaurant and food. Highly recommend.

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Thank rh24
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

On our second night at Taormina we decided to go restaurant Dolmen, just near the Giardino pubblico. We were a rather disappointed about the weather that evening; it was raining cats and dogs and there was a heavy thunderstorm with lots of lightning. We waited for 15 minutes at the lobby of our hotel and then we decided to go. The water was pouring down and the streets were almost flooding. We took our small umbrellas and started running. My wife didn’t want to get her shoes all wet so she decided to run barefoot which was funny to see for all the people sheltering from the rain.
We arrived at the restaurant almost soaking wet but not at all cold since temperature was still fine. The restaurant is just new and modern decorated and we were seated at a nice side table and were asked to wait 10-15 minutes since the restaurant was fully booked. While waiting for our table we were offered a nice glass of prosecco by the owner. The owner is a very friendly guy who seems to know what good life and perfect food is about. The owner is very helpful in explaining the menu and if you have difficulties to choose, just take the catch of the day. All the food is extremely fresh and very well prepared and the accompanying wine, selected and recommended by the owner is superb. Staff is very friendly and correct and one has some real nice music playing in the background.

We had a wonderful evening and were very pleased with all we had been offered. Price versus quality is just perfect. This is probably the best restaurant we ate at during our 7 days trip to South – East Sicily.

Grazie mille; molto bene.

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2  Thank Maurice L
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