Le Classique

Championship food in a golf club setting

  • Le Classique
  • French Friday brunch (Friday)

    The restaurant’s French Friday brunch is back, featuring the best in traditional French fare, live music and entertainment for the whole family. Indulge in dishes such as Pot au Feu with pan fried foie gras, gratin de macaroni avec truffle, escargots de Bourgogne, aligot with tomme Fraiche and favourite, mussels mariniere. Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs335 (selected grapes), Dhs395 (selected house beverages), Dhs55 (children aged six-12), Free (children under six).
    Timings: 12.30pm-3pm

Overlooking the championship course of Emirates Golf Club, on paper it’s easy to perceive Le Classique as fusty, and not just because they insist you wear a flipping tie. In truth, though it is one of the oldest restaurants in the city and has a menu weighted way more toward tradition rather than innovation, the place has a welcoming feel, good service and great food. The desserts do let the side down – to the point that when on our visit the chef refused to serve the requested mandarin tart as it hadn’t set properly. However, the getting-there was exquisite, a perfectly executed main course of sea bass on a cauliflower risotto preceded by a snail ravioli in chicken consommé that we would be failing in our duty if we didn’t recommend you seek out immediately. It’s good enough to wear a tie for. That’s how good it is. Le Classique
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 26 April 2015

Location: Emirates Hills
Tel: 04 417 9999
Travel: Emirates Golf Club
Cuisine: French
Experiences: Alcohol available, Wi-fi, Afternoon tea, Outdoor seating, Business lunch, Brunch served, Live music, Great view, Cocktails, Pork served, Table reservations, Notable views, Suitable for vegetarians, Brunch
Times: Sunday: 12:00 pm-03:00 pm
Monday: 00:00 am-00:00 am
Tuesday: 12:00 pm-03:00 pm
Tuesday: 07:00 pm-12:00 am
Wednesday: 12:00 pm-03:00 pm
Wednesday: 07:00 pm-12:00 am
Thursday: 12:00 pm-03:00 pm
Thursday: 07:00 pm-12:00 am
Friday: 12:30 pm-04:00 pm
Friday: 07:00 pm-12:00 am
Saturday: 12:00 pm-03:00 pm
Saturday: 07:00 pm-12:00 am
Price range: Dhs350-499
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
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  • Dr. Raji Mathew Sep 22, 2011 05:17 pm
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    Had the pleasure of coming again to this delightful fare the day before, this time. We left mighty satisfied. The menu for the Gourmet Tuesday was the same.
    The sauce used for the foie gras was perfect and the sauce for the scallops which I missed the last time, also complimented the dish rather well. Mushroom soup was great. Beef tenderlion was a standout dish from the main course while my wife was all praise for the salmon. Had a glass of orange juice and water to go with the food.
    The order for the the main course are taken till 10.30pm while the tables start getting cleared by 11.30pm.

  • Dr. Raji Mathew Aug 17, 2011 04:58 pm
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    Had the pleasure of dining here last night. One of the best location, within the Emirates Golf Club where the greens were lit so you could actually see out the window even at night. It was the Gourmet Tuesday which included a starter and dessert buffet and an unlimited a la carte menu which includes 3 varieties of soup, 4 seafood and 4 meat and poultry dishes. All this for an unbelievable price of Dhs 190. Thankfully, most starters were nibble sized and the mains were bite sized so I could savour a lot more of different dishes.
    The starters were well presented and prepared with flair but would say that for my palate it didn’t tantalize enough. The exception to the nibble sized starters were the ribeye from the carvery station and foie gras at the live cooking station. It was the biggest slab of foie gras I have seen offered anywhere. Chef Francoise is generous almost to a fault.

    From the a la carte menu first of the block was the seafood chowder, followed by cornfed chicken with duck liver, next was snail and mushroom with Chablis cream sauce. The snail dish and also the chowder had exceptional flavour. Duck breast followed which had a soft texture. And lastly I asked for a fillet of seabass which was over but for this new guest the chef was able to find one and this too didn’t disappoint. In contrast, the seabass I had at La Petite Maison for lunch just the day before was bland and worth nowhere near its Dhs 175 price.
    All food coming from the kitchen were served at the same eatably hot temperature.
    I was more than full by now but simply had to try the dessert. Had the crepe suzette with strawberries and ice cream which was very nice as also some other sweet treats from the buffet table.
    I left much satisfied from this French fine dining gourmet restaurant.
  • John Jun 29, 2011 07:16 am
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    Front of staff now very poor, lack of attention to detail, lack of knowledge of the menu, even the Maitre seems lacking in spirit. We sat for over an hour between starter and main, in a half full restaurant. We sat for dessert feeling warmer and warmer, nobody had come to inform us and apologise that the a/c had stopped working at our end of the restaurant. We sat getting sticky in jacket and tie! Their formal dress code is laughable. Open necked shirts with jacket removed were abundant (even before the a/c failure), and we even saw shirts being worn outside trousers. We felt very overdressed, having come to enjoy a haute dining evening. This restaurant doesn NOT offer the experience it claims to. Wonderful food (except for a tough prawn in the starter) but that can be eaten in many p[laces in Dubai now. My email complaint and chaser of over a month ago have remained unanswered. Very poor indeed.
  • leeann May 14, 2011 04:03 am
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    I chose this restaurant based on the reviews here and after reading through loads of other very mixed reviews for the other top fine dining restaurants in town. I was very impressed! It really is a classic and the food was SUPERB. Every little ingredient on my plate was exuisite and delicious. Fair sized portions for French style but reasonable enough for us to come home feeling fully satisfied. We had the royal Hammour and the Dover Sole and they were cooked perfectly and veggies divine. The chocolate brownie praline was so pretty that I had to photograph it.
    My favourite foody place is Verre but only for the food as the service at Verre is overwhelming and in-your-face (we once had the head waiter stand and talk in a monologue for 20 mins as our dinner was served so we ate it cold after shooing him politely away) ...so what I liked about Le Classique is that the service was very understated and discreet and prompt.
    For once a fine dining menu which is longer than one page and I also spotted a handfull of vegeterian options too which is good. Highly recommended and we will definitely go back sometime. Compared with other places and considering the excellent quality of food I would say that it was good value all round. We would pay a lot more elsewhere. Mains were ranging from 100-180 and starters around 70 aed. with deserts all at 50aed.
    Best news is no smoking inside which has totally ruined Frankies for me which is very smokey and unpleasant these days.
    Enjoy !
  • Lucy Foster Feb 27, 2011 12:22 pm
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    We went for the first time on Friday to celebrate my birthday and were not disapointed.

    The service was excellent, from the moment we arrived to the moment we were safely escorted to our waiting taxt. Friendly, profficent, knowledgeable and all very good at flambee!

    We went a la carte and every course was delicious and cooked beautifully. The prawns flambeed in gin and the steak in green peppercorn sauce are highly recommended, and my husband enjoyed the best Irish coffee he's had anywhere in the world, let alone Dubai, which was expertly prepared at the table and piping hot. The strawberries in grand marnier and kirch were beyond description.

    Good wine selection, and not too expensive by Dubai standards. Impressive and varied menu that will have something for every palate and budget.

    All in all, a great evening at a very reasonable price (under 1000 dhs for 2 using an entertainer voucher, including pre-dinner drinks, 1 full bottle of wine, one demi-bottle, & liquers). We have found a new favourite restaurant in Dubai.

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