Le Gourmet Café
Multi-level cafe with organic credentials on Jumeirah Beach Road
marianne Jul 20, 2013 09:19 am
it was a mistake to go to this restaurant by buying a voucher for iftar and losing a great time with my friends there.it was not so overcrowded but still the staff was not organised i think.it is acceptable for an alacarte order to be served in 20 minutes but an iftar buffet it took more than 20 minutes to get it refilled not at all acceptable.the only thing good was the food was ok.less choices and less iftar opening starters.I can see only a sweating person in charge shouting and looking confused and staff running to serve and clear.they were not prepared to handle such amount of guest.
Sarah H. Mar 31, 2013 09:08 am
For those people who think that this restaurant is really serving fresh gourmet food are going to be disappointed.
From outside it looks a nice restaurant. We entered the restaurant and we seated outside next to the fountain. The table had cigarette ash all over it. We waited for five/ten minutes for it to be cleaned and reset then a further 10 minutes to receive a menu with customers coming in after us being attended to first.
We then ordered our food. Took 15 minutes for the water to arrive. Food was very late so they gave us some hot bread with condiments (balsamic vinegar/oil). The bread looked fresh until you took a bite. The bread had been frozen and had the freezer taste.
The starters did not come together, they served the Kebbe first. It tasted alright but the garnish salad was limp and the plate was covered in fried bread. Would have been nicer if they had just put the garnish with the Kebbe. We waited a further 15 minutes for the mixed fattayer. When we broke two pastries in half, the base of the pastry was still frozen so had to send them back.
The main dishes arrived. One of our orders was Mushroom Risotto. There was a maximum of 1 to 2 mushrooms cut wafer thin in the dish with no taste. The sauce tasted of the powder flavouring and was really starchy entirely unpleasant. The second dish we had ordered Chicken Steak with salad was over marinated with rosemary and that's the only flavour you could taste and the salad was limp and tired. The penne arabiata was edible but too much tomato paste had been used.
If you expectation was gourmet food, you will be sadly disappointed.
Jane C Feb 25, 2013 08:25 am
Very pleasant little spot next to Jumeirah mosque. We were almost put off by the fact that it appeared half empty and there was a buffet (you know when you just want something freshly cooked for lunch?), but on enquiring, we were able to order a la carte, and glad I did - the grilled sardine starter was top notch and excellent value, and the artichoke/roca salad very fresh and duly polished off. The grilled prawn main came as skewers, but the prawns were already peeled which left them a little dry, and was served with veggies that would have been better served with a roast dinner (boiled carrots/cauli). Kids are offered a free pasta dish which is served up nice and quickly so they don't get restaurant-bored. All in all very good, bill for 2 came to 170 Dhs which you can't complain at. Service staff were smart and personable, and service was very natural. Strange no website for the restaurant, they'd attract a lot more people if the information was out there. Maybe Jumeirah types don't like to stray too much from their nearby Lime Tree and Shakespeare stomping grounds, their loss.