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Review: Michelin-starred Talea by Antonio Guida delivers an Italian Wine Pairing Journey to Remember

One of only three Michelin-starred restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Talea by Antonio Guida has been one of the city’s most talked about venues since it opened just over two years ago.

Located within the palatial Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, its elevated Italian cuisine is renowned for being as lavish and extraordinary as its host hotel.

The Venue

Bright and welcoming, and adorned with vast painted murals of Rome, Venice, and other iconic Italian cities, the luxurious dining room of Talea sets the stage beautifully for the culinary wonders that are to come.

But for us, the outside area is just as idyllic. Surrounded by palms, fairy lights, and offering spectacular views of the hotel’s majestic golden domes, you’d be hard pressed to find a more romantic setting anywhere in the world.

The Food Highlights

Harnessing his years of experience working at Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe and Asia, Chef Guida’s menu is filled with exquisite, artistically presented dishes.

Giving a modern and creative touch to Italy’s most traditional and much-loved recipes, the signature pizzas, homemade pastas, and fresh Mediterranean starters offer the perfect blend of sophistication and comfort.

The flavours of the photo-worthy red prawns carpaccio and caviar, and pan-fried sweet bread with asparagus popped when partnered with the light and refreshing whites, while the homemade lamb ragout pasta with ricotta made every other pasta dish we’ve tried – and we’ve been to Italy many times – seem quite unremarkable in comparison.

With a decadent plate of braised beef cheek and celeriac served as the main event, every moment was filled with explosive taste combinations, enrapturing textutes, and the finest ingredients.

We honestly wished it would go on forever.

The Service and Hospitality

As you would expect from Emirates Palace, the service was second to none. Attentive without being overbearing.

The Verdict

If you are in the mood to splash out and experience the very best of Abu Dhabi’s thriving culinary scene, it doesn’t get any better than Talea by Antonio Guida.

Romantic and elegant, yet still homey and welcoming, it perfectly demonstrates why no other country in the world tops Italy’s timeless cuisine.

Although we didn’t try the à la carte menu, we would bet our hats that it’s just as incredible as our amazing wine dinner.

Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi.
Tel: 02 690 7999. Instagram: @taleauae