If you find yourself in The Dubai Mall and you’re looking for a nice quiet place to enjoy some good food, Romano’s Macaroni Grill on the 1st Floor (section G1) is a great option.Romano’s Macaroni Grill is “a casually elegant Italian restaurant serving handcrafted pastas, entrees,
and a diverse wine list“. (from their website) Obviously you can scratch off the part about a diverse wine list for the locations in the UAE!Some of the restaurants in the Dubai Mall (like Cheesecake Factory) are crowded and tables are often too close to one another. The seating in Macaroni Grill is spacious and a nice place to unwind and get a bite to eat far from the maddening crowds. They are also located in Dubai Festival City (+971 4 232 6001). My Caesar salad w/entree was good (21 dirhams/2.1 OR/$5 US).The Lentil Soup (19 dirhams) you see pictured here was not was I was expecting at all. It was a decent soup, I just wasn’t expecting spaghetti in it and it was closer to a brothy Minestrone than lentil soup.This was my main course: Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Flatbread with Black Olives (with caramelized onions, truffle oil and herbs) (48 dirhams). This was good and I took half of it with me as I couldn’t finish it all.My friend enjoyed his Chicken Scaloppine (58 dirhams) (with artichokes, mushrooms, veal pancetta, lemon butter and capellini)We were glad we decided to dine at Macaroni Grill as the quiet time away from the crowds allowed us to recharge our batteries and gave us our 2nd wind. Just in front of the restaurant are more transparent aquarium panels which give you a unique vantage point to see the aquatic animals.
In total, our bill came to 190 dirhams for everything pictured above plus 2 blackberry iced teas. (Tel:971 4 3308089)