Sabella [Restaurant Review]

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Sabella is an upscale organic Italian restaurant at Kempinski Hotel in Ajman. We were set to have dinner there on the first night of our stay at the hotel. To my surprise, the restaurant is huge! It has a very large indoor seating area, and a spacious semi-outdoor deck. We were seated on the deck area and had a delightful view of the palm trees and garden.

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Our waitress soon brought out the dinner and drinks menu and we asked her for help in choosing the most popular appetizers and mains. Once we decided what we wanted, they cleared our table of the menus and brought out a bread tray. The breads were delicious and warm, and some of them had a exquisite infusion of olives.

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Our starters came pretty quickly. I ordered the Eggplant Parmigiana and my husband got the Rucola Salad. I absolutely loved the my dish! It was almost like a lasagna in itself. I would happily even eat it as a main if I was going for a light dinner, although the portion is pretty large for an appetizer and can easily be shared between two people. My husband’s salad was a simple and fresh rucola salad with olives, sautéed mushrooms and thin slivers of grana padano cheese.

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Between appetizers and mains, we were presented with an amuse-bouche. It was a chunk of smooth buffalo mozzarella with a bit of olive oil and chopped tomatoes.

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For mains, I got the Branzino, which is a sea bass dish. I was expecting a simple filet of sea bass with a few vegetables on the side, but this was so much more! It came with a delectable sauce filled with halved cherry tomatoes and capers. It complemented the fish so wonderfully.

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My husband got the Filetto di Manzo, a beef tenderloin dish. A perfectly well-done piece of beef tenderloin was placed on the plate with an array of vegetables surrounding it. The beef was so tender and juicy, especially for a well-done piece.

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The Gnocchi dish on the menu really intrigued me, so the waiter suggested we have a sharing plate of it. It’s definitely different from any other type of gnocchi that I’ve tried. They were colored by different vegetable juices, and it came in red and green instead of the usual dough-y color. The potato dumplings were immersed in a creamy sauce, and its a very filling dish! We could hardly finish it and had to get it for takeaway to enjoy in the room later that night.

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Our dinner ended on a sweet note– I ordered a Pistachio Mousse which is a very creamy mousse, with a hint of a pistachio taste. Theres a bit of a chocolate crumble and its topped off with a mint. It’s a delicious and light dessert.

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My husband opted for the Tiramisu, which is also the perfect portion size for 1 person. It has all of the makings of a traditional Tiramisu but is plated elegantly in a glass cup. We really enjoyed both desserts and by the time we were done with dinner, we were completely stuffed!

The service is great, they checked on us constantly and were very aware of us even though we were seated towards the corner area. The fact that its an organic restaurant just makes it that much better!

Ratings (0-5): 

  • Staff/Service: 5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Food: 4.5
  • Value for money: 4.5

Overall Rating: 4.75

Worth Trying?: Great organic Italian food, with wonderful service!

For more information, call Sabella at +971 (0) 6 714 5555.

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