x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Eastern Mangroves Promenade gets better and better: Carluccio's now open

An opera singer with a plate of appetisers marks the opening of Carluccio's at the Eastern Mangroves Promenade.
An opera singer with a plate of appetisers marks the opening of Carluccio's at the Eastern Mangroves Promenade.

Abu Dhabi's second Carluccio's is now open in the gorgeous Eastern Mangroves Promenade (the first is in The Galleria, Al Maryah Island) and it's about as lovely a spot for a meal or a coffee or a drink as you will find in the city. Although Anthony Carluccio was supposed to be on hand for Tuesday's night opening, a routine visit to the doctor revealed the 76-year-old Italian needed a pacemaker. All is fine though, and in a video message he promised to stop by the capital soon. Guests, who nibbled on cheeses, chicken liver and mini-pizzas, were also treated to a lovely surprise when Paul Bester, above, revealed he's not a waiter but a beautiful opera singer. The 27-year-old, who moved to Dubai from South Africa last year, performed several songs - never setting down his tray.