Cooking classes seem to be the latest trend in Dubai, but everyone has been putting their own spin on things and focusing on what they do best. BiCE Mare is a crisp Italian restaurant concept focused on seafood the Italian way! On this occasion Chef Francesco Guarracino taught us the ins and outs of making the perfect pasta dough, and then various styles of preparation such as fettuccine, minced beef ravioli, and tortellini, stuffed with lobster......YUMMMMY!
Pictured below are the simple tools you need to prepare the pasta. At this point it's pretty straight forward eggs and flour which is mixed and kneaded by hand before it's rolled through the pasta machine on the bottom left corner of the photo. The key to good pasta is getting the right consistency and that can only be achieved through patience, practice, and this handy dandy pasta making device.
pictured below on the left as well as the stuffed pasta shown on the right. It's actually pretty basic, but it's a time consuming process you have to be dedicated to and plan ahead for if you are to enjoy the delicate chewy texture of the freshly made pasta at home.
The main course on this over indulgent day of all things ITALIAN was a trio of pasta. We had the beef ravioli in a rich mushroom cream sauce, the lobster tortellini in a sweet tomato sauce as well as a monkfish cannelloni in a spicy tomato ragout. Since pasta was on the brain, it was easy to gobble up all these little treats so preciously prepared by the BiCe Mare kitchen.
I am usually anti-pasta at restaurants, because diet fads these days have made me very carb-conscious, but spending the day surrounded and immersed in the art of pasta making, I have changed my mind.....
BiCE Mare is a gorgeous venue with friendly and welcoming staff. They are a passionate bunch of food enthusiasts, that are happy to share the knowledge and expertise. Against the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa, it's easy to enjoy a pleasant lunch or dinner at this open and airy locale. If you make a booking, make sure to request the terrace seating to catch a glimpse of the famous fountain show. For more information on the restaurant check out there website: