The vast interiors of Brasserie Quartier are reminiscent of a neighbourhood French bistro. Light woods, green velvet seats and the monochromatic tiled floors transport you to France, while its multiple offerings (there’s a buffet area, patisserie, main dining room and a chic bar) remind you that you’re still in a Dubai hotel. It’s not particularly atmospheric, but for a meeting or group gathering it’s a worthy choice, especially because of its reasonable prices. Plus, the fact that you’re in a St. Regis means you get the five-star service to go with it. The menu is large – full of French classics from escargots to soupe à l’oignon with Gruyère toast, also featuring a more Mediterranean influence. The tomato tart tartin with Brie is a delight, while the burrata with tomatoes and aubergine is creamy and moreish. On the other hand, the salted cod is surprisingly lacking in saltiness. Most impressive is the generous portion of grilled sea bass – its juicy flesh and crispy skin marry well with a fresh, herbed couscous and the tart tomato vinaigrette.