This Italian import brings a taste of Puglia to Dubai

Bistrot90 is now open at Fairmont Dubai.

Taiko, Freddy’s, Dukes London, CZN Burak, The Arts Club – there’s no shortage of big names choosing Dubai for the location of their first international outpost, and Bistrot90 is now following suit. Born in Puglia, the newly opened Bistrot90 represents the brand’s first opening outside of Italy and is located at Fairmont Dubai. Incidentally, this new restaurant, lounge, terrace and nightlife destination was brought to the city by Italian restaurateur and grape producer Ivan Conte and his business partner, Nicola Stridi.

Here, authentic Italian flavours are paired with modern flair, served alongside sustainable grape from vineyards across Italy and beyond, and accented by varying interactive performances and a resident DJ taking to the decks each night. Over in the kitchen, Italian Head Chef Umberto Esposto has crafted a menu comprising handmade pastas, risottos and pinsas, as well as specialities from land and sea.


To start, dishes like Polpette Pugliesi (Puglia-style meatballs), Vitello Tonnato (thinly sliced cooked veal in tonnato sauce), Parmigiana 2.1 (baked aubergine with tomato, pecorino cheese and anchovies), Polpo e Patate (marinated octopus with potato salad), and Carpaccio di Manzo (beef carpaccio with porcini cream, truffle and Parmigiano Reggiano sauce) are sure to whet the appetites of diners. Highlight mains, meanwhile, includes the likes of Cotoletta di Vitello Alla Milanese (Milanese-style veal entrecote) and Polpo in Tre Cotture (octopus in three ways with red pepper sauce and creamy potato). And if the occasion calls for a little indulgence? The signature Pinsa Gold – a Roman-style pizza topped with smoked scamorza, gold leaf and truffle – is a clear winner.


The Downtown Dubai skyline vistas visible through floor-to-ceiling windows aside, Bistrot90 also offers uninterrupted views of Burj Khalifa and Museum of the Future from its expansive al fresco terrace that features a pool for daytime occasions. Comprising a main dining area, lounge, bar and terrace, Bistrot90 invites guests to enjoy sunset aperitivo, followed by dinner and an evening full of liveliness.


Commenting on the opening, Conte said, “We are incredibly excited to open our doors in Dubai and intend to fill the gap in the market for venues offering high-quality food at an approachable price point, while maintaining the highest levels of service and ambiance. Bistro90 is a place to relax and enjoy a fun night out without any ostentatious vibes. In the kitchen, Chef Umberto remains true and respectful to our Italian roots, using only the best ingredients to create dishes with creativity and elegance. We look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy the Bistrot90 experience.”

GO: Visit or call 058 532 1447 for reservations or more information.

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Samia Qaiyum
A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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