You arrive by abra from the main entrance of Al Qasr, greeted by a beautifully dressed lady offering a cold towel and surrounded by candles, muted tones and the sound of a bubbling fountain. You can almost guarantee a second date, if Segreto fine dining Italian is your first. That’s before you’ve sampled the culinary offerings.

Request a table overlooking the waterways, even in the height of summer there are indoor areas with beautiful tables, and sink into your comfortable leather chair as you peruse one of the most comprehensive wine lists availed in Dubai. A selection of fresh breads, and an amuse bouche will follow – all beautifully presented and accompanied by a good quality oil.

The menu offers traditional Italian fare, and also dives a little deeper with some modern twists. I played safe with the starter and ordered a Bruschetta, Marinated Tomatoes, Basil; offering balanced flavours and a good portion size. Moving onto main I sampled the Milanese Style Crusted Veal Cutlet. The veal was beautifully cut and the crust very light; not greasy in the slightest. Accompanied with a small rocket and parmesan salad, which was a little dry, solved with a slosh of balsamic.

Regular readers will be well aware of my sweet tooth, and my addiction was perfectly catered for with the desert menu. A nicely presented set of Cannoli with chocolate chips for that extra layer of richness. I am ashamed to say I only managed two, but this was because of the generous portion size of the courses presented before.

On the night I visited the restaurant was completely full, which led to a great atmosphere but at the price of service. The waiter whilst friendly did have a rushed feeling to his interactions. The food was delivered in a timely manner, but without any checks and limited opportunity to request drinks. This didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the night.