Popular restaurants at the DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island – ‘Vespa’ and ‘Brasserie’ – have undergone a culinary revival at the hands of Italian Sous Chef Luca Edoardo Napoleone, who has transformed the menus at both restaurants with inspiration drawn from the diverse landscape of various parts of Europe.
Vespa – a fun, friendly, family-style Italian restaurant, and Brasserie – a classic European restaurant with great home-style food, are both set to take diners on a culinary journey through Europe, with dishes drawn from Chef Luca’s extensive experience as a chef in Italy, France and the UK.
Signature dishes at Vespa include the Braised Lamb Shank, a culinary masterpiece from Chef Luca’s own hometown. The five-hour braised lamb shank is deglazed with a rich red wine jus and accompanied with mashed potatoes and crunchy vegetables.
The dish is reminiscent of the mountains of Avezzano and is especially memorable for Chef Luca because it transports him back to his grandmother’s kitchen where he discovered his passion for cooking.
Vespa’s second signature dish is the pan-fried Mediterranean Seabass Fillet served with homemade focaccia, which transports the diner to the shores of the Mediterranean.
Brasserie is rolling out signature French dishes like the Roast Baby Chicken, Poussin – a butcher’s term for a young chicken weighing 400–450 grams served with ratte potatoes and the Orange Glaze Salmon Fillet.
“It is a great honour to bring some of my most treasured recipes drawn from my own extensive time spent in Italy and the rest of Europe to diners in the UAE. Italian cuisine can be very diverse depending on the region you come from – and I am very excited to be able to showcase some of it to an international audience. Furthermore, both Vespa and Brasserie will set a new benchmark for high-quality international cuisine and transform the guest experience at the DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island,” says Chef Luca, Sous Chef at DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island.
To introduce guests to fresh seafood, Chef Luca has also launched a new concept called the “Fish Market” – a seafood buffet experience to Vespa, where customers are allowed to choose fresh fish to be cooked to their liking every day of the week, except Mondays, from 6:30 to 10:30pm.
Chef Luca is also skilled in hand-made Italian pasta, including fettuccine, lasagna cannelloni, spaghetti, gnocchi and ravioli, to name a few. Prior to his time in Ras Al Khaimah, Chef Luca has worked across Europe, where he has recreated menus for various hotels and restaurants in the UK, France and Italy.
Catch some Mediterranean vibes with Italian and Classic European cuisine at Vespa and Brasserie, every Thursday, 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Packages starting from AED 160* include sharing platters, live cooking stations, unlimited selected beverages and soft drinks, with live music entertainment.
Set at the resort’s idyllic restaurants, Vespa and Brasserie, the Islanders Brunch takes diners on a culinary tour of European, Italian, British, Asian, and Arabic dishes, as well as live cooking and beverage stations. Guests will experience brunch in the stylishly designed interior spaces or enjoy al fresco dining on the sprawling restaurant terrace overlooking the majestic Arabian Gulf.
Highlights from the brunch menu include traditional fish and chips, a range of fresh seafood including crab, prawns and fresh oysters, live pasta and risotto cooking stations, traditional Arabic grills, shawarma, and slow roasted Arabic lamb. Those with a penchant for Asian cuisine can sample tasty Far Eastern delicacies such as noodles, dim sum, tempura, and sushi. All served alongside a soundtrack of retro hits performed by a live entertainment to keep those energy levels high.
Unlimited soft drinks, mocktails, juices and hot beverages
AED 199* per person
Unlimited house beverages, juices, spirits cocktails and sparkling beverages
AED 239* per person
Unlimited house & sparkling beverages, spirits, cocktails and juices
Additional 1 hour at the Anchor bar after party/drinks included
AED 279* per person
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