Dubai, 12 February 2015: Jumeirah Group’s two signature Italian restaurants; Alta Badia in Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Segreto in Souk Madinat Jumeirah, have unveiled their all-new ‘Farm to Table’ menus featuring seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and farmers.
The new menus are part of the restaurants’ commitment to support UAE produce and use the freshest ingredients available.
Jumeirah Group’s Executive Italian Chef, Claudio Melis said: “Food that has to travel long distances may not contain the same nutrients as fresh vegetables grown locally. Fruits and vegetables harvested locally can be picked when they are at the perfect ripeness, resulting in better flavour and more nutrients. This has a positive impact on local agriculture and a reduced carbon footprint.”
Dishes introduced in the menus include Variazione di Cavolo Nero, kale three ways with poached egg and crunchy bread; Zucchine e Uovo, zucchini puree, goat cheese, poached egg, bread; Pollo al Rosmarino, rosemary chicken breast, baby spinach, local potatoes, lettuce; Sorbetto al Limone e Timo, lemon thyme sorbet, plum tomato and vanilla compote and many more. All dishes are the result of perfected and authentic Italian cuisine with a creative twist, incorporating the local produce.
Guests can savour the true Italian way of life with a four-course meal option for AED 180 at Alta Badia or a three-course meal for the same value at Segreto.
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Notes to Editors:
About Alta Badia:
Alta Badia, located on Level 50 of Jumeirah Emirates Towers, with the Alta Badia Bar one floor above it on Level 51, has enjoyed much success in its first year of operation. Fast establishing itself as the Italian standard in the city, the simple, elegant dishes from Chef Patron, Claudio Melis’ kitchen bring back locals and tourists time and time again. Leaving the stunning backdrop of Dubai’s skyline to do the talking Alta Badia has understated, smart décor throughout with a wide spiral staircase leading up to the bar above. Both spaces are available for hire. Alta Badia was recently awarded the ‘Marchio Ospitalità Italiana,’ a prestigious certificate of Italian authenticity from the Italian Government Tourist Board (ENIT)
Segreto sits hidden in the walkways of the Souk Madinat. With an intimate terrace, softly lit rooftop bar and a waterside terrace this restaurant offers a quiet, romantic setting that promises to deliver something special. Chef Gnanaraj and Chef Melis have developed an exquisite menu showcasing refined Italian classics. Pastas, risottos and beautifully cooked meat and seafood dishes showcase the best of regional Italian cuisine. Segreto has a broad global wine list with many wines available by the glass which are served in the restaurant and on the rooftop terrace.
About Claudio Melis, Jumeirah Group Executive Italian Chef:
Born in Sardinia, Claudio Melis learned to appreciate fresh and simple ingredients while enjoying his mother’s home-cooked meals. In Sardinia he attended the Hotellerie School in Sassari, following which he worked in France and Germany.
He then moved to Northern Italy in the Dolomites, he became Executive Chef at Biohotel Hermitage and then Stube Hermitage Restaurant in Madonna di Campiglio. In 2004 he joined Hotel Ciasa Salares and Ristorante La Siriola in Alta Badia as Executive Chef until the end of 2010. During these years Chef Claudio travelled through Europe, from Spain to Denmark and Sweden and US to taste and learn about different cooking styles. He has also authored the book ‘La Cucina a Colori di Claudio Melis’, which was printed in 2008.
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Baku, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Mallorca (Spain) and Rome in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah LivingTM with properties in London and Dubai; the new contemporary lifestyle hotel brand VENU; the wellness brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi WaterparkTM; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and SiriusTM, its global loyalty programme. Future openings include luxury and lifestyle hotels in China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Russia and the UAE. www.jumeirah.com
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