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Nominated for Best French 28 Comments

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Descend the stairs at Traiteur, into the instantly impressive space of concentric arches and high ceilings, featuring ingredients displayed honestly in glass chillers and the show-stopping stage of an open kitchen. It is this that lays out Traiteur’s intentions from the outset; understated elegance, where all eyes are on the food itself. While the restaurant space is striking and the staff attentive and proficient, here they are mere conduits to Traiteur’s true raison d’etre, which is chef Simon de Wipf’s incredible cooking. Combining Mediterranean references with elements of the classic French school, the accessible range of dishes at Traiteur are created with a focus on a modest handful of star ingredients, perfectly prepared and allowed to take the limelight in uncluttered excellence. Try the salad of locally-sourced burrata, with popping bursts of heirloom tomato, or the exceptionally textured, creamy yet crisp, pan-friend gnocchi, which are among the very finest we’ve tried.
Open Sun-Fri 7.30pm-12pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira ( 04 317 2222).

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Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 17 Aug ' 13 at 08:50
  • Best for: Romantic

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Yesterday's brunch was packed with patrons. The place is ill-suited for holding brunch, looked more like a rich man's canteen. The food was scattered. Raw bar was outside the dining area in what looked like a different outlet, roast was out in the open, dessert station was in another room and the cheese section, along a corridor. Food had great variety and was tasted good. Loved the foie gras based dish as also the beef roast and duck. Staff were on their toes but were up for the challenge and went about their task with a smile. At AED 450 for the basic package, it is one pricey brunch. I would rate the Spectrum on One brunch higher.

Posted by: Eddie on 20 Jan ' 13 at 10:41
  • Best for: Brunch served

Is a must try brunch in Dubai. Of course you will enjoy the brunch only if you are a champagne and seafood lover. Is a French cuisine where they serve the lovely Foie Gras and Escargot too.

Not many choices but the food is really quality and tasty!! This brunch is different to many other brunches as you cannot find any heated container, even for the soup! All food are live cooking as the Chefs are care about the freshness, taste, quality, and to serve the food at the right time.

This restaurant is purely seafood and French Cuisine, you will not find any fried rice or Briyani here!!

Posted by: Amanda on 05 Jan ' 13 at 04:11

This must be some kind of joke - we definitely felt scammed when we went to this restaurant. How does it get such rave reviews when we had probably the worst meal of our lives? What happened? Did they fire all their staff?

So we were already worried about the service when they sat us out for drinks on the terrace and ordered martinis where the waitress asked if we wanted it "double". But we figured it was a separate bar, so we went into the restaurant.

The restaurant was mostly empty but we figured that might be because it was the Thursday night after New Years. The waiter was extremely nervous and hovered near the table or paced around nearby, not knowing when to approach and start speaking. When we indicated several times we would like help with a wine selection, the serving staff laughed nervously at us and walked away. Then when we finally got someone to come over, the woman was the same one who laughed at us and didn't understand we wanted to speak to the sommelier and suggested the first wine she saw on the menu.

Bad service aside - the food was horrific. It was lower quality than Chilis or any number of low end restaurants. The oysters weren't shucked properly and the main course which was a seafood platter was just a bunch of very very over-cooked dried pieces of fish on a plate. It was like some kind of practical joke. It was as if they had just rounded up all the old bits they had in the back and threw them on a plate. There was one scallop and a tough little prawn and a couple of of very over cooked mussels. We couldn't even eat the fish it was so unappetizing.

This was really the worst food and service we had ever experienced.

I don't know what happened between this being rated the best restaurant in Dubai and now - but it was truly tragically bad.

Posted by: Jonathan on 12 Sep ' 12 at 07:18
  • Best for: Romantic

"My girlfriend and I will be enjoying our 2 anniversary here. Please help however you can to make this a memorable and special occasion."

This was the comment I left on my reservation with Traiteur. I wondered how much thought would be go into my booking. I had almost resigned myself to the idea that my request would go unnoticed or just casually addressed. I was more than pleasantly surprised with what awaited my partner and I.

Upon arrival we were greeted by a cheerful and interested Maître D who made us feel instantly welcomed. "Is your anniversary today?" she asked as we were led to our table - with rose petals strewn on upon the candlelit setting at our own private space with a beautiful view of the waterfront.

Service impeccable, courses delicious and ambiance ultra-romantic, Traiteur has definitely exceeded my expectations. Their attentiveness and attention to details was truly commendable, it was incredibly hard to fault. I'm almost tempted to celebrate my anniversary on a monthly basis here.

Thank you for a wonderful anniversary.

Posted by: Frédéric on 26 Feb ' 12 at 16:01
  • Best for: Business lunch

The atmosphere is very chic with high ceilings, huge open kitchen where cooks and the many related clerks, and a bar at the entrance. Ideal place for business dinners and other meetings.

Tonight we were twenty to celebrate the company dinner. Therefore, a menu was selected which reads as follows:

Foie gras creme brulee, smelling of smoked duck breast, celery & William pear
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Squash risotto, shaved truffles and cheese
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Beef fillet with apple & sarawak pepper Macaire
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Plate of cheeses by Mons
Mille Feuille White Chocolate, Coconut & strawberry ice Bounty
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Coffee, tea, herbal teas and sweets house

As a preamble, baskets of hot loaves are proposed to us, together with either butter or olive tapenade. Excellent baskets of bread that will be filled throughout the meal. Menu in detail, above, the whole was excellent, taste, cooking, presentation, feast for the eyes and palate. Specifically, the creme brulee of foie gras was a little bit sickening to my taste. The risotto was divine by cons with real truffle pieces scattered. Cooking the perfect beef tenderloin, meat tender. A must to finish, was the white chocolate mille feuille, bluffing.

Regarding staff, he was very outgoing, information on courses, continuing demands to know if we were satisfied, etc. ...

Posted by: Deep on 07 Jan ' 12 at 10:40
  • Best for: Brunch served

my wife and i went there for friday brunch last week. had amazing food. loved the grilled lobsters and other fresh seafood. huge selection of food to choose from and they had a separate room for desserts which was really good as well. it was one of our best experience in a restaurant and would surely go back one day. highly recommended for friday brunch.

Posted by: David on 25 Sep ' 11 at 22:27
  • Best for: Brunch served

I went with friends for brunch to traiteur at the 23th and i must say it is the best we had a table in a corner and it felt like we had a private room with amazing view through the window and our waiter the awesome martin who is a top guy served us perfectly the food is great we loved the french sushi and pork of course we will comeback just for that thank you traiteur and martin for your giving us a great friday afternoon

Posted by: jack on 12 Mar ' 11 at 22:34
  • Best for: Romantic

after living here in dubai for 5 years me and my wife went for the first time to traiteur and we must say it was unbelievable when arriving we were greeted by the very nice hostess got even better service because in most restaurant like traiteur service is stiff and unpersonal but at traiteur it is much more casual and personal the dutch waiter martin treated us with lots of care and made sure that we had a good time we had great food and wine it was overall amazing, and we will come back soon again to enjoy dinner

Posted by: marianne on 08 Mar ' 11 at 23:11
  • Best for: Romantic

We went there on 14th February. Although it was dry day the service team made it romantic, with pink menus, red roses for the ladies, and a set menu which was exceptional. even offered date sparkling juice and fmocktail

Posted by: sunita on 08 Mar ' 11 at 22:58
  • Best for: Romantic

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  • Best for: Romantic

Posted by: Shanmu on 08 Mar ' 11 at 04:33
  • Best for: Romantic

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  • Best for: Romantic

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  • Best for: Romantic

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  • Best for: Romantic

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Posted by: Karen on 05 Feb ' 11 at 17:10
  • Best for: Brunch served

Having read the Brunch reviews we decided to give it a try. Superb food! Idyllic setting! First Class service! Great live music! Could not fault a thing - we will definately return for this sophisticated brunch.

Posted by: Janice on 04 Feb ' 11 at 08:41
  • Best for: Brunch served

This was my first French food brunch ever - just last weekend - so I don't know really the standards. But I've been to a lot of brunches and eaten a lot of good food and I can safely say this was one of the best I ever had! The chef and cooks were there at the buffet table serving diners - they were all friendly and so engaging!

Posted by: Jacy on 26 Oct ' 10 at 12:13
  • Best for: Brunch served

I celebrated my birthday there and it was absolutely amazing! Kudos to the Jazz band. Absolutely the best brunch in town

Posted by: manoj on 17 Jun ' 10 at 00:47
  • Best for: Brunch served

very nice and good place in dubai

Posted by: Alan James on 11 May ' 10 at 10:00

It is now probably the best brunch in town the other venues need to pay attention if they want to keep their cliental.

Posted by: Luiz on 03 Mar ' 10 at 11:06
  • Best for: Brunch served

The best Friday brunch in Dubai, with Veuve Cliquot (not bubbly) all the way from 12:30. Best value for money. Great sea food, grill and more.

Posted by: Ian Batey on 14 Dec ' 09 at 15:42
  • Best for: Brunch served

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We have recently been for the brunch. In short; the service is attentive but not intrusive, the ambience is perfect, the food is sublime, the selection is wide and varied and the bubbles............makes you feel fluffy! Brilliant, thank you Traiteur!

Posted by: Katie Reddin-Lee on 26 Nov ' 09 at 14:29
  • Best for: Brunch served

I was lucky enough to be taken here for Friday brunch and had the most perfect day. Beautiful setting, wonderful food, Veuve Clicquot and impeccable service. I would go back to Dubai just to go here again and would recommend it to anyone I know who is traveling there. Wonderful!

Posted by: Nancy on 04 Sep ' 09 at 08:45
  • Best for: Romantic

Great restaurant. Food and service are amazing. Would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Posted by: ANJAN KUMAR on 25 Mar ' 09 at 09:54
  • Best for: Family friendly

waiting for the visit

Posted by: Mike on 16 Mar ' 09 at 08:58
  • Best for: Brunch served

I have eaten there several times and the brunch is unbeatable...by far the best in town and not to mention free flow of Veuve Clicquot..


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