Food Review - Mercato

Hidden in the maze like structure of DIFC Gate Village this homely Italian place is hard to miss.

The Wooden furniture and shelves filled with pasta, oil oil, vinegar and sauces remind you for your grandma's kitchen, well if your grandma was Italian that is. Mercato is a very earthy and cozy restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating which is perfect for this weather. They also have a huge dinning table inside which promotes community style eating. But if you want your privacy you can't opt for a spot at the high table as well.

Coming to the main bit... food. I started of with a brioche bun called bombolone who which has sugar dusted on top and cool and creamy lemon filling inside which is also light and fluffy. After this was my favourite thing pizza alla pala. I choose a classic margarita which has buffalo mozerella and basil. The crust is not thin or super thick. It's fuffly and not made in the traditional brick oven. The technique of making this pizza is completely different all the way from the dough to baking. After this is had the black rice and salmon salad called riso Nero and salmon. It's perfect for people wanting some healthy food. It has cheery tomatoes and peas. I don't like peas so it was annoying to see peas in it, but there were only a few so I was okay. The salmon was perfect pink and well cooked. Then I moved on to the mezzelune burrata with porconi.

The pasta was perfectly cooked, the white sauce was rich and creamy and the mushrooms were absolutely fresh. I dipped the fresh breadsticks in the pasta sauce and it turns out to be a great combo. I ended my brunch with a absolutely divine mascarpone with chocolate mouse. The sweetness was well balanced and mouse was very silky. For drink I has fresh orange juice. They have a numbers of hot and cold coffees as well.

Service - very quick and the staff is friendly. The manager Grazia was a delight, it was her recommendations that helped me decide my food. She was around at all times personally speaking to all the customers.

Mercato offers a weekend brunch from 9 am to 6pm which is great for those weekends where you don't get out of bed till 2pm. I would highly recommend this place for the pizza, the pasta and the chocolate and mascarpone mousse.

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