Italian tonight? Medzo at Wafi Restaurants

Dubai; We all have a favourite Italian, restaurant that is, and FooDiva’s in her Bur Dubai years was Medzo at Wafi. It’s since reinvented itself (well over a year ago am ashamed to admit) with not just a new interior, but a complete menu revamp thanks to Nonna Chef and restaurant manageress Livia. So lo and behold, two dinners in the last month. Oh well, better late than never FooDiva.

MedzoThe purple theme has been discarded for fresh, all white, cream and camel tones with glittering chandeliers, and bizarrely a gazebo taking centre stage. FooDiva liked, but my dining companion was not that enamoured.

Nonna Chef Livia does not don [chef] whites, but rather glamorously (well she is Italian)  glides across the restaurant chit chatting to diners and advising on dishes. And what a menu it is…rarely do I come across menus where I’d happily order practically every dish.

So here are FooDiva’s faves:

Starters:

Burrata mozzarella with taggiasche olives, fresh tomatoes, rocket leaves and extra virgin olive oil – the outer shell of burrata (translates to butter by the way) is mozzarella, whilst the inside oozes both mozzarella and wait for this, fresh cream. Rich, milky and buttery. The tomatoes could have been riper and sweeter, but that’s the story of Dubai really. Otherwise this dish simply melts in your mouth and easily rivals La Petite Maison’s burrata.

Medzo

Prosciutto and ricotta tortellini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prosciutto and ricotta tortellinis with fresh pea and herb puree and parmesan – this pasta is made fresh on Medzo’s premises. Pork-lovers you’re in luck there’s an extensive selection of ‘protected denomination of origin’ hams.

Tuna ‘crudo’ with olive oil, poached cherry tomatoes and fresh crab – a simply dressed tuna tartare; reminded me of Chef [for Hire] Maurizio’s very own version.

Mains:

Giuseppe Cocco spaghetti ‘Amatriciana’ – spaghetti doused in a traditional Italian sauce of dried pork cheek (guanciale), tomatoes, onions and chilli. A tad heavy but bursting with flavour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medzo

Tagliata di manzo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La nostra tagliata di manzo al rosmarino – am always tempted to order this dish when I spot it on Italian menus. It’s also another Chef Maurizio specialty. Strips of USDA prime beef tenderloin cooked rare (or however you prefer) with sprigs of rosemary. Medzo adds roasted aubergine, almost pureed. Plus roasted herb baby potatoes, but there’s really no need for carbs. Best dished up with a side order of rocket and gem lettuce with parmesan and balsamic dressing.

If you’re after fish, then opt for the pan roasted cod fillet with vongole clams, tomatoes, pea puree and herb braised potatoes.

The menu’s dessert choices disappoint with not one single dish appealing; mind you often the case with Italian menus I find…unless you’re a tiramisu fan. My guest’s vanilla pannacotta with rhubarb jelly and crushed amoretti did nothing to change my perception.

Service was excellent on both occasions thanks to knowledgeable waiters and of course Nonna. However Medzo seriously lacked punters and resulting ambience, not just on a weekday but a weekend. A real shame as the overall quality of the food is not only authentic, but surpasses many of Dubai’s Italian restaurants for a very affordable price (on average AED 450 for two people not including booze). If you wish to indulge, the Valdivieso Rose Prosecco is a remarkably good sparkling wine.

Atmosphere is a vital component of any dining out experience. Location may be an issue, but a strong marketing drive should help. For now a three out of five FooDiva knife rating. Go on Medzo, I’d really relish another serving of burrata.

FooDiva Friends tell me, have you dined at Medzo recently? What’s your favourite Italian in town?

Medzo is located at Wafi Restaurants. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Licensed. T: +971 4 3244100 E: fnb.sales@wafi.com

A bientôt.

FooDiva. x

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13 Responses to “Italian tonight? Medzo at Wafi Restaurants”

  1. Keren September 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks for the review. Quite a few years ago Medzo was our favourite restaurant, but it went off the boil and we haven’t been for two years now. Pleased to read that it has had a revamp, so we’ll have to venture back.
    The tuna crudo sounds delicious and I do hope they have got their ‘pizzazz’ back. Shame about the desserts as they used to be pretty good. (Remember the chociolate fondant?!)I used to order the creme brulee plate ahead of time as it was so popular and they always ran out.

    • FooDiva September 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

      Agh yes Keren, good memory. That chocolate fondant was simply divine 🙂

  2. Sally - My Custard Pie September 10, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I’ve always liked the Wafi restaurants because they feel like owner-run small concerns due to each individual chef being in charge. While Chef Nina was at the head of Thai Chi it was the best Thai in town (the fusion concept is now less appealling). Surprised that the pannacotta with rhubarb disappointed but maybe they went too heavy on the gelatine (a virtual guarantee in Dubai restaurants). The menu sounds really excellent so will give it a try soon. Let’s hope more people do too.

    • FooDiva September 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      It’s always nice to have a tipple in a non-hotel location, so it’s a shame they’re not very busy. You’re more of a dessert queen than me, so do let me know what you think of their selection. An Italian cheese platter won’t go amiss either 🙂

  3. elainegan September 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I have yet to try any restaurants in Wafi mall, a lazy bum I am, lol. Will surely give Medzo a try… Love their victorian-themed interior 🙂

    • FooDiva September 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      You should also give Asha’s (contemporary Indian) a try, as well as Vintage for vino and cheese once you’re able to celebrate!

  4. spontaneous euphoria November 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I LOVE Medzo! But haven’t been since the revamp! Must check it out 🙂

    • FooDiva November 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      Let me know your verdict!

  5. Daniela Pugh October 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I will give it a try although the only authentic italian no-fuss ciooking is by Maurizzio.

    • FooDiva November 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Clearly I will agree with you on that Daniela!

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