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Fournil de Pierre
Nominated for Best French
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A perfect spot for coffee and pastries and the weekend papers, Fournil de Pierre invites you in with its glass-fronted pastry counter and doesn’t ever make you feel less than welcome when you’re inside. It’s the smaller dishes here that make it worth seeking out, from the fresh-baked breads and pastries to the quiches and the lovely light salads. For us, though, this is a venue built for a lazy late breakfast. We’d particularly recommend the galette au saumon, a pillow of flaky crepe enveloping top-class smoked salmon, smears of cream cheese and sprinkles of capers. Order one of those and a coffee, sit back on your chair on the terrace and close your eyes, and you could pretty much be on Le Croisette in Cannes.
Open daily 7am-2.30am. Downtown Dubai (04 420 3070).

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