My wife and I had a late night dinner at Teatro Dubai on a Wednesday evening. Located at the 3rd level of Towers Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road, this restaurant offers an international menu with focus on Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Thai, and Italian cuisine.
Before our visit, I read a few reviews and blogs about Teatro and I got intrigued especially after seeing pictures of their wine cellar. Much more after I found out that they have been in business for 19 years! They’ve been around since 2001. Just goes to show that they’ve withstood the ever changing and, at times, short-lived culinary landscape in Dubai.
“Where Eastern cooking meets Western cuisine” is the restaurant’s tagline.
cork collection in Teatro Dubai
Restaurant Review: Dining at Teatro Dubai in Towers Rotana Hotel
Teatro Dubai surrounds the whole 3rd floor of Towers Rotana hotel and as you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by a huge cork collection displayed in both areas which shows that they take their wine seriously. The interiors resonate that of a “theater” and walls are designed with hanged frame portraits of Hollywood actors and actresses from an older era.
We had a wonderful date night as its dim lighting set up for an intimate dining experience and opened up for comfortable conversations that lasted the rest of our evening.
long table for a big group
inside the restaurant on the 3rd level of Towers Rotana
Appetizers / Starters
As this was our first time in the restaurant, we took time in choosing from the variety of cuisines in the menu. We also asked assistance from their team and Aimee mentioned a few of the top picks. We ended up getting their all-time favourite which is the Wasabi Tempura. We also ordered one of the best-sellers from their sushi which is the Spicy Crunchy Tuna. We loved both of these dishes.
Wasabi Tempura – 96 AED Tempura battered prawns with wasabi coating
Spicy Crunchy Tuna – 70 AED Tuna, cucumber and tanuki
For main course, we also requested for their recommended dishes and we chose a Sea Bass and the Veal Chop Milanese.
Miso Sea Bass – 220 AED Chilean sea bass marinated with miso
Veal Chop Milanese – 195 AED Parmesan coated veal chop served with burata, spaghetti in tomato basil sauce
For dessert, my wife and I sampled their sizzling chocolate brownie. The chocolate sauce sizzles on top of a hot skillet. We noticed that every table was ordering this dessert.
Sizzling Chocolate Brownie
Teatro has a lot of drinks. From soft beverages to wines, cocktails, beers, etc. Their drink menu is quite extensive. After all, they wouldn’t have a room full of wines if they don’t offer a variety.
I ended up ordering their Teatro Signature Mojito as I’m fan of rum-based fruity drinks, while my wife enjoyed her Espresso Martini.
Espresso Martini – 69 AED greygoose, kahlua and espresso
Teatro Signature Mojito – 72 AED bacardi white, cointreau, passion fruit puree and watermelon juice
As I mentioned, one of the main highlights of this restaurant (aside from the food) is their walk-in wine cellar. It is made up of an enclosed glass and the well-stocked wines are symmetrically displayed showcasing a diverse variety of labels for you to choose. It’s quite a feast to the eyes just go inside.
room full of wines
wines of various labels from around the world
my wife in her element 😉
With 19 years in its belt, it’s great to know that there are restaurants that can last this long and Teatro has definitely proved this idea.
It’s highly recommended that you book a reservation in advance. Dress code is smart-casual (no flip-flops, shorts or sleeveless shirts).
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Note: We were invited as guests in Teatro Dubai. All opinions are my own.
Teatro Dubai Address: Level 3, Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area, Dubai Hours: 7pm to 2am Telephone Number: +971 4 312 2202 Website: https://www.rotanatimes.com/towersrotana
Google Map Location
Below you can find the location map guide to Teatro Dubai. The nearest metro station is Financial Metro Station (Red Line).