Polpo e cozze con patate allo zafferano, olive e pomodorini, Segreto, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Segreto is an award winning Italian restaurant conveniently located in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. It features excellent Italian food with the backdrop of the stunning views of the water canals of Madinat Jumeirah.

Segreto is indeed one of my favorite “secret” places in Dubai. Conveniently located at Madinat Jumeirah, it is one of the most beautiful and romantic Italian restaurants in Dubai. Even getting there is exciting as you can park at al Naseem or al Qasr and take a wooden abra boat to enjoy the magical view of the beautiful Jumeirah resort at night. 

My beautiful friend Leila from Paris and I headed to Segreto to sample their menu and I hope you enjoy the review and recommendations.

Antipasti. Starters

Segreto offers a wide variety of starters ranging from the classic Caprese to healthy quinoa salad with veggies to sophisticated seafood dishes so you will definitely enjoy your dinner from the first bite.

Polpo e cozze con patate allo zafferano, olive e pomodorini 

The octopus and mussels taste even better then they look! The octopus was perfectly cooked – not too dry, very delicate and fresh. Saffron adds a sophisticated touch to this rich platter while tomatoes and olives perfectly balance it out. Share it with your date or enjoy it alone and you won’t be disappointed.

Polpo e cozze con patate allo zafferano,  olive e pomodorini, Segreto, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Polpo e cozze con patate allo zafferano, olive e pomodorini

Caprese di Bufala

If you are a vegetarian or simply looking for a lite starter, then Caprese di Buffala is definitely a great choice for you. It is a light dish with fresh cheese, tomatoes and pesto sauce. It has a delicate texture and flavour and is very healthy. I can hardly imagine having an Italian dinner without having Caprese on the table 🙂

Caprese di Bufala, Segreto, Madinat Jumeirah Dubai
Caprese di Bufala


Spaghetti Aglio, olio, peperoncino e Gamberi

Spaghetti with shrimps were the right choice for us since we had a lot of appetite and the home made style pasta did not disappoint! The portion is quite hearty and filling so we shared it in order to keep some space for the dessert.

Secondo. Main

Filetto di Branzino, cavolfiore e polvere di capperi 

Seabass fillet with cauliflower and cappers paste is a perfectly light platter. the fish had a nice crust yet tender and cappers paste added a nice note to it. We ordered sautéed spinach on the side and enjoyed the perfectly balanced healthy meal.

Dolci. Dessert

Tartelletta con frutta fresca

The season calls for lighter fruity desserts and this tartlet with custard sauce and fruits is definitely a dessert to indulge on. It is colorful, fresh and very instagrammable and a great way to end the meal on a happy note.

Torta ricotta e perre

The ricotta and pear cake is another light option, just a bit creamier. It is quite delicate yet filling. If you love more chocolatey flavor, opt for the classic Tiramisu or Fondente al cioccolato.

To sum up our experience, it was a truly special and magical night with excellent Italian food, flawless service and beautiful ambience. I definitely recommend it for romantic dinners or special celebrations.

Buon appetito,

Slava Noor