Feasting at Pesto


On my daily walks along the promenade, I have witnessed the slow transformation of an empty space into a beautiful Italian Restaurant called Pesto. As I realised that the end of winter was approaching, I got impatient with the progress, that, in my opinion, was excruciatingly slow, especially as I was dreaming of spending long, delightful hours on the rooftop terrace of this restaurant, before the heat of summer settled in. It finally opened its doors for business in the middle of February, just as I was leaving for a three-week holiday. Feeling disappointed and excited at the same time, I made a vow to visit as soon as I was back.

On our first visit we enjoyed the rooftop terrace and appreciated the cooler air that settled in after the heat started to dissipate. This informal space includes comfortable couches and chairs for the sisha-smoking crowd, as well as tables for relaxed dining. With a view of the creek, off-set by twinkling lights at night, it is a great space to linger over a meal in good company.

Last night we decided on the indoor space, as the wind made it unpleasant to be outside. The elegant interior, that is both stylish and simple, makes for a wonderful dining experience. Unlike so many other places, the interior of the restaurant was cooled to a pleasant temperature, and did not try to immitate the arctic.

The service is attentive, and the food delicious. Shortly after we ordered our food we received freshly baked sun-dried tomato ciabatta bread with a trio of accompaniments: sun-dried tomato paste, olive paste and basil pesto. The pizzas and caprese salad are scrumptious, the panacotta light and luscious, and I have, at last, found the best cafe latte in town.  Michael and I both love this restaurant and will definitely be back for many more hours of enjoyment. It is our hope that this business will flourish, as it fills a much-needed gap in the restaurant scene in Ras-al-Khaimah.

As a final thoughtful touch, we received a candle from the manager, who formally introduced himself to us earlier, in celebration of Earth Hour. Free “Organic Earth Pizza” was also served later to the many pedestrians flocking to the promenade. It is evident that this is a restaurant aware of the difference a thoughtful gesture can make.

** Find Pesto next to the Pearl Museum on Corniche Road

GPS co-ordinates: N 25° 46′ 44.9″  E 55° 56′ 21.6″