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Nominated for Best French
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Given you have to stroll through the gorgeous lobby of the Park Hyatt Dubai (one of the city’s most elegant hotels) to get to it, Traiteur needs to impress, and it succeeds. From the raised open-plan kitchen to its whale-bone ceiling, it delivers both spectacular and intimate, with tables spaced far enough apart to whisper sweet-nothings or talk business in private. The menu could, frankly, do with more in the way of choice, but on offer is a mix of the classic and classically executed – the snails in garlic and parsley are an unctuous delight and the wagyu beef a masterclass in melt.
Dhs465 (with soft drinks), Dhs570 (with sparkling grape), Dhs690 (with bubbly), Dhs235 (for children aged six-12). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 317 2222).

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