This restaurant’s pedigree – from Michelin-starred chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin – will fill you with great expectations.
Bringing that kind of flourish to Dubai isn’t difficult. The city is awash with top-notch eateries that take pride of place within the city’s pristine developments, and Demoiselle fits perfectly.
Set within the newest section of City Walk, it’s chic, dainty and demure. The colour scheme is fresh and bright – all white and beige with pops of colour coming from foliage in baskets suspended from the ceiling.
It’s casual by day, with lower lighting setting the mood for an evening meal.
The classic butler-style uniforms, given a quirky twist with green bowties and beige braces, worn by staff add an air of elegance. What they’re serving is very good, and they’re quietly confident of this.
The baked lobster fishcake is a great introduction. It’s fluffy and sweet on the inside, packed with meaty chunks of crustacean. It’s a dream to eat, with a smidgen of chilli delivering a light kick.
As the mains arrive, things only get better. The duck confit comes with a bubbly, crisp layer of skin covering shreds of meat so tender, juicy and sweet we could weep.
A braised wagyu beef short rib with truffle crust and mushroom cream is fall-apart and sticky-sweet. It’s a truly decadent, yet delicate dish that gets us seeing stars of the Michelin kind.
Being a café, the menu at also boasts an array of breakfasts, and a variety of teas, plus an abundance of freshly made viennoiserie, patisserie, macarons and cakes. Head over to the counter to admire these, and definitely don’t pass up on ordering one to finish.
For a low-key meal featuring top-quality dishes, Demoiselle by Galvin is a solid choice.
The bill (for two) 1x baked lobster fishcake Dhs64 1x lamb boulettes Dhs42 1x crisp duck leg confit Dhs18 1x braised wagyu short rib Dhs189 1x Parmesan French fries Dhs34 1x creamed spinach Dhs28 1x chocolate choux bun Dhs38 Total (including service) Dhs523
The bottom line Quality eatery that doesn’t just rely on the name above the door.
Demoiselle by Galvin