A royal French experience at Dalloyau, plus more from The Act Dubai and Boca
Time Out Dubai staff
April begins with a feast of new menus, and new dining experiences to try in Dubai. Not such a cruel month after all (take that, T. S. Eliot).
Bringing a touch of French glamour to Dubai via Mall of the Emirates is brand-new restaurant Dalloyau. Dating back to 1682 – the days of Louis XIV at the king’s court in Versailles – Dalloyau catered to the French royalty, including Marie Antoinette. In 1802 (with no French royalty left to cater for, because you can’t eat without a head) Dalloyau opened in Paris. It is the French brand’s first outlet in the UAE and has become famous not only for its hundreds of years in the cake-making business, but for also reputedly being the original creators of the more famous Opéra cake. Other signatures at Dalloyau include macarons, artisanal chocolates and its ‘pain du roy’ (bread of the king). Other items to try include the Paris croque monsieur with Comté cheese, pain du roy Bressan sandwich with roasted chicken, sautéed mushrooms, (more) Comté cheese and béchamel sauce, and the Angus beef fillet served with thyme-flavoured roasted baby potatoes.
Moving across from Paris to the Mediterranean, there are several new menus for you to try. Mediterranean-inspired eatery Boca in DIFC, which specialises in dishes from across the coasts of France, Italy and the Iberian Pensinsula, has just launched a new menu. It offers a combination of fresh, market-selected seafood and seasonal produce. Some of the new dishes include dorado fish tartare with a sea urchin sauce and Sicilian lemon, and ‘troccoli aglio olio e peperoncino’ (fresh pasta with garlic and chilli oil, artichoke and parmigiano reggiano).
Peruvian cabaret haunt The Act Dubai – which recently came Highly Commended for Best Latin American at the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards – has also just introduced a new selection, including sea bass ceviche, salmon tartare, prawn causa with potato tapa and chilli aioli, wagyu beef chifado with truffled mango chimichurri and butternut squash ravioli. You can also finish your meal with a turrón de chocolate cake with caramel ice cream and banana mousse for dessert.
If you’re hungry for a new brunch experience head to hip New York-inspired bar Tr!beca Kitchen + Bar at JA Ocean View Hotel in JBR. Starting this week, on Friday April 3, Tr!beca will be holding a weekly Friday brunch called ‘Big Apple brunch’, offering diners live cooking stations and entertainment. The menu here has a little twist to it, since much of the ingredients used are organic. Diners even have the option to try organic grape or organic Russian beverage. The brunch will start later than usual, kicking off at 2pm and will wrap up at 6pm.