Having successfully taken root in The Dubai Mall, Aubaine branched out into the City Walk expansion, suggesting it was ready to be elevated into a new dining sphere here in Dubai. For a brand that prides itself on a chic reputation, it’s surprising to see it cutting corners here. The interior décor is a little forced and outside, Aubaine has passed up the opportunity to inject some personality into it pedestrianised pathway location, something that one would think was prime for a classic French bistro. Niçoise is all lettuce no lavishness. The chicken schnitzel is ample if a little on the thin side, and the salad accompaniment is also meagre. There are good things to be had at Aubaine, it just takes a bit of digging to find them.