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Sass Café
Nominated for Best French
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The original Sass Café is apparently frequented by the rich and famous in Monaco, and the Dubai branch is open in one of the emirate’s more salubrious districts, DIFC. A red carpet flanked by floodlit pools leads diners up to the distinctly nightclub-esque entrance of the venue. Beyond the blacked-out front door, the sense of being in a nightlife spot, rather than an eatery, continues. The dining room is so dimly lit that the visibility of the food is not the best and any non-smokers may feel a little put off having to dine in smoky, bar-like surroundings. While the welcome at the reservation desk can be a little dry and not especially warm, service from the waiting staff fills in this gap. The menu is flooded with classic Mediterranean options that are designed for sharing and are reasonably priced, in the most part, considering the nature of the venue. While we’re not wowed by the interior and ambience, it is the fairly high standard of food that would call us back.
Open Sun-Wed 7pm-midnight; Thu-Fri 7pm-1am; Sat 9pm-midnight. DIFC (04 352 7722).

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