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La Serre
Nominated for Best French
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Though there remain questions over some of the price-points at La Serre (our recent lunch for two, with two soft drinks, came in at north of Dhs1,200) the fact is, you can’t argue with the food. With a huge glass front overlooking the bustling Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, the restaurant is set over two floors (the top one being the posher of the two) and is based in the Vida Downtown Hotel, itself a triumph of decadence minus frills. The desserts are top quality, playful twists on French classics, while the menu for the starters and mains reads almost as well as it tastes, so factor in some decision-making time because you are going to need it. The seafood bears particular mention, with a veritable jamboree of mussels, langoustines and prawns all cooked so perfectly we’d be there every week, if the cost didn’t relegate it to special occasions only.
Open daily 7am-10.30pm (boulangerie); noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm (bistro). Vida Downtown Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 428 6969).

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