Cavalli Caffè, at the Al Aali Shopping Complex, in Seef, is the epitome of good taste – a treat for both the palate and the eyes.
The brainchild of fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, the walls are adorned with family photographs and keepsakes while the interior sports the bold animal prints for which he is known. Seating is plush and comfortable while the atmosphere is very definitely upmarket – though the prices are surprisingly reasonable. The interior is fully air conditioned, to cope with our boiling summer months and there is a pretty outdoor terrace, twinkling with fairy lights, when it’s time to make the most of the balmy winter weather.
Serving a selection of gourmet Italian fare, prepared under the watchful eye of chef Federico Sanna, a veteran of some of the finest kitchens in Europe, the eatery offers something to satisfy even the most demanding palate. Menus are changed seasonally, with comfort foods high on the agenda during the cooler months and light, refreshing options to combat the blistering heat. There is also a special breakfast selection, high tea for two, with 24-hours’ notice, and the cakes are truly ‘to die for’.
Ingredients used are always fresh and of the very highest quality and, akin to the designer’s catwalk creations, the food is almost too beautiful to eat; colourful and exquisitely crafted, it certainly displays the talents of the kitchen team.
Absolute ‘must try’ dishes include: Chicken Diavola, pan seared salmon with lemon risotto, creamy Cajun shrimp linguine and, one of the house specialities, the brisket shawarma. And from the breakfast menu, don’t miss out on the blue and pink shaded Gianduja Crepes, stuffed with a hazelnut spread and a side of banana compote and sweet cream. It would also be almost a crime to bypass the Giraffe Swiss Roll – a delightful confection of cream cheese and cherry jam wrapped in a peachy yogurt mousse, each piece is an art with the detailing resembling the animal’s neck.
As if that’s not enough, the eatery also stocks the world-famous Cavalli chocolates – high quality haute couture creations which are handcrafted in Tuscany and perfect for either personal indulgence or as a gift that’s sure to get you noticed.
Call 77 788-877.