At the first hint of warmer weather, our thoughts go to outdoor dining. This is something that Kevin’s Gazebo Eatery in Sheikh Zayed does so well, so we headed over to wind up our work week with an early dinner.
Kevin’s Gazebo Eatery offers international with a definite Italian twist. Soup, salad, risotto, pasta, pizza, burgers, sandwiches and main dishes. The kids’ menu has some tempting options for younger diners as well. Breakfast is also served.
Signature Dishes & Dishes Sampled
Signature dishes include the Chicken Sesame Salad, Gazebo Salad, Ginger Steak Salad, Tuscan Salmon, Chicken Pesto, and Veal Scaloppine Ai Funghi.
In need of something to recharge our depleted batteries, we really appreciated the welcome drink, a freshly-made long, cool blend of beetroot, apple and carrot juice. It tasted great, and we drained it to the very last drop. This came accompanied by a basket of homemade bread and two colorful dips, one red pepper, the other zucchini. Feeling inspired to stay on a healthy track; we decided to share a Chicken Sesame Salad before trying the Mushroom and Tomato soups. The salad was fresh, with just the right balance of baby greens, cherry tomato, finely sliced onion, peeled mandarin segments and sesame coated chicken. The light dressing had layers of flavors, but still managed not to overpower the ingredients.
Our soup arrived in very generous portions, and both delivered on flavor. The tomato was rich and satisfying, the mushroom was packed with wafer-thin slivers of fresh mushroom. Croutons came on the side for us to add as we wished; a nice touch.
Rather than go for main dishes, although they were really appealing, we opted for risotto and pasta to follow. This gave us space to share an appetizer plate of Kebda Debs El Roman, tender chicken livers in pomegranate molasses served on toasted brioche. Although not Italian, it is a great addition to the menu, and we can heartily recommend it.
At this point we felt we had eaten really well, but who could say no to a perfectly cooked Frutti Di Mare risotto? Laden with juicy shrimp, it impressed us so much we would definitely order it again on our next visit. The Spaghetti Meatballs was a real crowd-pleaser as well, but try as we might, we couldn’t get the secret seasoning mix for the meatballs.
As for dessert, it had to be Tiramisu. Light and creamy with a powerful punch of espresso, it was a sweet closing note to an enjoyable dinner.
Other Menu Options that Appealed & Beverages Available
The Chicken Parmesan with mushrooms looked inviting, as did the range of pizzas.
Beverage options include all soft options, both cold and hot, with great juice combinations. Shisha is available as well.
Kevin’s Gazebo Eatery is comfortable laid out over three seating areas, a patio, a semi-enclosed terrace and a cozy inside space. Colors are fresh and contemporary, and the ample use of greenery gives a garden feel. There are screens for football fans and Ramadan TV, and during our visit there was light, unobtrusive background music.
Clientele mix: All ages, families and groups of friends. It is a perfect venue for meetings and kid’s parties as each area offers enough privacy.
Price range: Moderate
Takeaway and delivery: Takeaway is already very popular, and delivery and catering will be available in the near future.
Worth noting: There will be set menus for iftar and sohour during Ramadan.
Opening hours: 9 am till 12 midnight, with plans to close at 2 am. During Ramadan, hours will change accordingly.
Address: Saraya Mall, Sheikh Zayed, (beside Seoudi Market).
Tel: 0102 999 9558