What’s your top tip for visitors to Dubai? To visit the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa and I know they are an obvious choice but they are a must. A safari trip in the desert is something else I would recommend anyone coming to Dubai for the first time to try.
What one thing would you like to do in Dubai that you haven’t done before? Scuba diving in Dubai as there are so many places nearby like Fujairah that I could then take trips to. I also still need to try out a boat party which I hear are great fun.
What career journey did you take before joining your restaurant? I began my career in Annecy in a two Michelin starred fine dining restaurant. From there, I moved to Paris and spent two years working for Alain Ducasse in the one star Michelin restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. After that I moved to London where I worked in the two Michelin starred Hibiscus, followed by the three Michelin starred The Dorchester Hotel. Prior to moving to Dubai, I spent two years working for an American cruise liner company in a fine dining restaurant for Arnaud Lallemand.
Why should Time Out readers try your restaurant? Because we respect the products and we are passionate about French food.
What’s the best thing about dining at your restaurant in 2016? My new menu that I have worked eight months on. I have been working with high quality products, and playing with texture, temperature and flavours. It is something that I am very proud of.
What’s your dish recommendation at your restaurant? Potato espuma roasted snails with beef jus. The snails are roasted traditionally with butter, garlic and parsley. My twist is to add potato cream under the snails, and on the top I add a little beef jus to give a small kick to the plate. It is one of my favourite dishes.
Aside from where you work, where else do you like to dine in Dubai and why? I like to try other French restaurants in Dubai to see what food they are serving and what competition is around Dubai.
What is the best dish you’ve ever tasted in your life and who made it? The best dish I ever tried was for my 18th birthday, my parents took me to one of the best restaurants in the world, it was a five Michelin star restaurant, the food was cooked by a Chef called Marc Veyrat in the French Alpes. The dish was slowly cooked sea bass with white chocolate sauce and lemon grass sauce on the top. Even after 10 years I can still remember all of the flavours, it was simply delicious!