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La Petite Maison
Best French Winner
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Equally impressive for lunch or for dinner, La Petite Maison continues to live up to its reputation of being one of the finest French spots in town. The menu is extensive and endlessly appealing, and could easily lead to some serious over-ordering were it not for a staff honest enough to advise when greed is getting the better of you (a rare trait among restaurants across the world). So, you’ll just have to make some tough choices and make a follow-up reservation to sample the rest later. Our suggestions would absolutely include the lamb cutlets, which are the finest we’ve had in this city, the spectacular burrata with tomatoes and basil, the octopus in lemon oil, the mushroom risotto and the lobster tagliatelle – each dish being served by the friendly and knowledgeable staff when it’s ready. Nestled in the ever-expanding hubbub of DIFC, competition for La Petite Maison springs up regularly, but right now it seems to have them well under control.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. DIFC (04 439 0505).

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