La Petite Maison has found a perfect home in DIFC, tucked away amid art galleries and boutique stores, guests approach its shuttered façade via a leafy courtyard rather than through a hotel lobby. The restaurant’s interior takes the form of a high-end French bistro (a near-carbon copy of the Mayfair venue), its cream walls punctuated with tasteful modern art, its floor occupied by white-clothed tables. The overall effect is marvellous and oozes continental charm without being contrived. Dishes are meant for sharing and include glistening green beans dotted with smooth chunks of foie gras and carpaccio of scallops – a plate of delicate disc-shaped slithers, sprinkled with shavings of almonds, pistachios and juicy cranberries. Mains feature delicacies such as a salt-baked fillet of sea bass, which flakes away beautifully at the touch of a knife. Desserts prove to be on the generous side – the vanilla crème brûlée is definitely a dish for two. A restaurant shouldn’t be commended for being ‘un-Dubai’, but La Petite Maison scores points for offering well-prepared comfort food in a setting that provides a sense of escapism in a city that, at times, can run short on imagination. Average price of a meal for two (including soft drinks) Dhs450-550. All major credit cards included.