Linner @ Cucina Restaurant in Marriot’s Courtyard

Brunches are a common thing these days, but have you ever heard of a Linner? Lunch + dinner = linner, get the concept? Now, Linner is being served as an unlimited authentic tasting Italian feast at Cucina which is housed inside Courtyard at Marriot, Green Community. The restaurant is casual and spacious with an outdoor veranda that overlooks the magnificent waterfront comprising of fountains and lakes. The property has a gorgeous rustic European charm to it.

I decided to check out this interesting concept with the family on a lazy Friday afternoon, and was certainly pleased! Everything was served hot and fresh at the table so we were saved from the wrath of queuing up unlike in other buffets. They even have a large area with activities to keep the kids entertained while adults enjoy their hearty meal.

The Linner commenced with a tempting lineup of appetizers that included Olive Marinate, Caprese, Aranicini, Beef Carpaccio and Fritto Misto. The Aranicini which was basically saffron rice balls stuffed with mozzarella cheese came very nicely fried whereas the Bruschetta arrived in a tray from which we could select our own toppings, there were vegetarian, crab meat and beef options. The Burrata too was so enticing that I treated myself with two servings.

From the pasta selection, we found the wagyu beef in the lasagna to be of very good quality and the overall flavor was excellent as well. The prawn squid ink tagliatelle done with tomato, chilli and garlic tasted great too. From the main course, we found the potato gnocchi to be outstanding. It was served with four cheese sauce which was delish! The baked salmon and free-range chicken breast are highly recommended too, each unique in its taste and perfectly tender. You may also want to try the slow braised beef cheek.

The dessert counter was pretty huge, so all those who have a sweet tooth are in for a delightful surprise. Our favorite pick of the day was the Tiramisu and Cheesecake. The ice cream selection was superb too, so many inviting flavors to choose from.

So overall, we had a great time here, enjoying the delicious food served by very hospitable staff amidst live music and picturesque views of the surroundings. Head over to Cucina to enjoy a late lunch or early dinner in the form of Linner every Friday from 3:30 pm to 7pm. It’s a one of a kind experience where you can order as many delicacies as you want throughout the four hours.

Price: starts at AED 195

Reservations: 04 885 2222

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