Al Mare, the flagship restaurant at The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, Knightsbridge, specialises in Italian fine dining designed to transport guests to the sunny coast of the Mediterranean. Here, ultra-fresh ingredients are used to create its modern menus, from healthy and hearty breakfasts through to business lunches and elegant a la carte dinners.
Guests that opt to dine for dinner might like to kick off with a selection of crudi (from the raw fish bar) and antipasti to whet the appetite, with examples being spicy bluefin tuna tartare and saffron arancini, cheese tortellini in beef consomme and beef carpaccio. Main dishes are divided into pasta, fish and meat, from black truffle rigatoni to sea salt crusted wild sea bass and veal with parmesan and tomato. While desserts are polished modern interpretations of classics. Knowledgeable staff lead guests through the menu, advising on the traditional combination of starting with raw seafood, followed by antipasti, pasta, meat or fish before finishing off with a sweet.
The drinks menu offers a wide choice, including Italian aperitifs and digestifs, which are served tableside from an aperitivo trolley, along with wines, spirits and cocktails (with an Al Mare twist). There's also a mocktail line-up that's been curated to ensure abstainers are catered for just as carefully as their drinking counterparts.
The refurbished interiors are designed by 150 London and honed to create a relaxed, luxurious atmosphere. The central marble bar takes the starring role, while blue, white and amber tones throughout the rest of the space create a warm, holiday-inspired ambiance. At the heart of the dining room there’s a theatre kitchen which allows you to watch fresh pasta being made. The venue also houses a private dining space.