La Petite Maison is the beating heart of DIFC’s restaurant scene, which, considering its esteemed neighbours, is quite some feat. Everything about it is gilt-edged with effortless sophistication, from the wonderfully knowledgeable staff and sommelier to the immaculate interior design, the buzzing atmosphere and the wonderful Niçoise food. It fits every occasion (providing you can afford it) whether it’s a catch-up with friends, a working lunch or a romantic interlude. There have been and, dare we say, always will be, complaints about the staff, but the pervading Gallic attitude to gastronomy only adds to the experience. After all, would getting a table be so difficult if La Petite Maison didn’t deliver on a daily basis? We think not.