Jan 16, 2012

Medzo, tucked away in Wafi.....

I have walked by this restaurant several times, and was always curious to check it out....
The interior is very feminine with pretty white iron fixtures, beautiful drapery, and opulent crystal  chandeliers.  A very romantic setting for a pleasant and unpretentious evening.

After we placed our hefty dinner order, we were brought these complimentary tasters by the chef.  It was a warm and creamy tomato soup.  A pleasant surprise and a great way to start off the meal.

Next up were our starters: an order of Burrata, Seared Scallops with Creamy Polenta, and Beef Carpaccio.  In terms of variety Medzo provides a great range of authentic Italian delicacies, but they need a little more work on execution, flavor and texture.  The Burrata was a little too dense for my liking, I prefer it creamier and much simpler with just tomatoes and fresh herbs.  The Burrata should be naturally seasoned, and should leave it up to the diner whether they want to add any additional salt or pepper.  I have to say after all the Burratas I've tried in Dubai, nothing compares to the heavenly Burrata at La Petite Maison.   



The Scallops were a bit rubbery and the polenta was missing something.  The chef claimed it was only made with Parmesan, which didn't sound right, but the texture seemed a bit off.  There was also too much greenery on the dish, no need for that much additional garnish. 

The Beef Carpaccio was also covered in greens!!!  Not only the salad greens but also Pesto, which completely masked the taste of the beef. Carpaccio something that needs to be enjoyed in its simplest form, with EVOO, Fresh Lemon, Salt, and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.  It also relies on good quality meat for it to be a successful dish. 

We also tried a middle course of Braised Lamb Ragu Ravioli with Chantrelle Mushrooms and Truffle Oil.  This dish was nicely seasoned, but I couldn't taste any truffle.  Nonetheless, we gobbled up ever last bite.  If you're reading this Blog entry, you're probably already full, but there are still the main courses, plus dessert to come!

My friend ordered the Beef Tenderloin with herb roasted potatoes, simple, but not executed correctly.  It was cooked to a medium temperature as requested, but was served cold.  The flavors were good and the roasted eggplant side was tasty, but it was also the side with my entree and not included in the menu description for the beef......hmmmmm.   

My main course was actually very tasty.  A simple dish, seared sea bass with an eggplant puree and roasted red pepper coulis topped with oven tried tomatoes, served hot of the grill.  The fish was cooked well, with a nice crispy skin and light but flavorful accompaniments. 

I'm exhausted just writing about this food...I can't believe I actually ate all of it! For dessert we ordered a Cappuccino Souffle and a very traditional Zambaglione. The Souffle was cooked well, light and airy with a heavy sugar crust.  I think it's a matter of personal taste, but I don't really care much for Zambaglione.  it's a bit too eggy and not custardy enough for me.  It's a popular dessert in many parts of the world,  including South America, where it's also offered as an ice cream flavor! 

Medzo is a gorgeous restaurant in a romantic setting.  They get points on excellent service and hospitality with the chef making rounds to all the tables in the restaurant ensuring their satisfaction.  However they do need to focus more on the food and execution, which is what makes or breaks a restaurant.  Medzo is located in Wafi, for more information, check out the link below:

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