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STAY by YannickAlleno
Highly Commended Best French
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The brainchild of French masterchef Yannick Alleno, STAY (the abbreviation standing for Simple Table Alleno Yannick, apparently) is about as must-try an experience as you can find in the city. Decor and service are stunning, the former a large space that still feels intimate and the latter knowledgeable and friendly. It’s one of those places where the waiters have a tendency to assemble dishes on your plate in front of you, placing items so delicately they might be made of explosives – that they do so and avoid pretension is testament to their charm and skill. The sheer romance of it all gets upped further when the food arrives. Consistently excellent, from delicate seafood raviolis to melting wagyu beef, it is a masterful menu executed perfectly and delivered with flair. And that’s before you get to the ‘dessert library’, a temple to puds near the back of the restaurant where the pastry chefs prepare dishes in front of guests, and encourage them to try before choosing. It’s a lovely touch and a magic end.
Open daily 7pm-11pm. One&Only The Palm , Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010).

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