A well-known French bistro in its native Lebanon, where there are currently two branches, Couqley’s arrival in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes Towers has brought licensed Gallic dining to the neighbourhood for the first time. Though quite distinctly separate from the main dining area, the bar sticks very much to the overall theme, with dark wood furniture and check upholstery, except with stools and taller tables. From the traditional décor to the menu, it all feels very cohesive, save for the quite unexpected backdrop of ’90s R&B.
Despite arriving to a busy neighbourhood still lacking in diversity on the nightspot front, Couqley so far hasn’t quite managed to draw in the evening drinking crowd. Sandwiched between the established UBK pub and more recently opened Spice & Ice, it’s not too hard to see why – both venues have a daily happy hour offering Dhs19 drinks among their promotions, while Couqley is yet to finalise any deals (or so said the members of staff we asked on our last visit).
As a bar, there’s heaps of potential for Couqley to become JLT’s answer to a Belgian Café-style spot. But in an increasingly competitive corner of the community, it’s going to take a bit better value to nail it. The Bottom Line Promotions could give this bistro more buzz.