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STAY by Yannick Alléno, One&Only The Palm
Highly Commended for Best French
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While French masterchef Yannick Alléno is apparently involved in all the menus at One&Only The Palm, STAY (meaning Simple Table Alléno Yannick, as the staff are sure to explain in their opening gambit) is very much Alléno’s signature concept in Dubai. Inside the dimly-lit, sultry entrance is an elaborate and voluptuous space of lace and floral-like motifs with a sensually feminine edge. Generally, service is skilled and charming, making the experience feel like a special one. The menu displays the spirit of modern French cooking, using ingredients from across the globe in new and unexpected ways, with elegance, excellent execution, but also an impression of simplicity. Beyond that, all eyes must be drawn to the theatrical temple to confectionary at the back of the restaurant. Here the pastry chefs take centre stage, putting the final touches to each sweet dish at the ‘dessert library’, where guests are encouraged to sample petit fours before choosing their desserts.
Open daily 7pm-11pm. One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010).

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