What? Themed Nights: Happyritivo

When? Thursdays and Fridays

Where? Merletto, Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Price? Specialty canapés with free flowing house grape at AED 150 per person. 

We sampled a special themed menu titled ‘Happyritivo' at the newest restaurant in Marriott Al Jadaf.

What We  loved - The manager and the servers here are wonderful and have great memories it seems. I had dined in the adjacent restaurant a few months ago, the manager and wait staff seemed to remember me and enquired how my kids were keeping - absolutely brilliant personal touch. This set the tone for a great start. This was not just a welcome start for myself, i noticed they welcomed back frequent diners at every table and did the rounds of friendly chat. The interiors in this space is contemporary, stylish, with a Venetian influence. I fell in love with the glass ball lighting and hot pink accents sprinkled around. 

What could improve - The selection of Canapés offers you a great chance to sample classic and reinvented Italian bites,  it’s all flavorful but not for the hungry souls ( unless you were just looking to go out to a tapas kind of setting). I am not a sweet toothed princess, but this time around I missed just digging into a light dessert, which could have been a fitting end to our meal.  

Signet Ring Seals : The Mussels with breaded stuffing and  Aranchini, a risotto dumpling paired with the marinara sauce - loved every bite of it.

Would I go back? If I find myself in a mood for trattoria style menu, then this would be my first pick. The free flowing house grapes- that is indeed a treat for the price. Merletto also  proves to be a perfect spot for a fine dining date night dinner without having to leave a hole in your pocket.