Le Classique

We took a trip to Emirates Golf Club to re-investigate the culinary offerings at Le Classique Reviews

Meal Deal
Gourmet Tuesdays

‘Gourmet Tuesdays’ offers an unlimited choice from a ‘top ten selection’ of dishes offer the à la carte menu, plus 12 varities of red and white grape to choose from. Dhs205 (food only). Dhs360 (grape) Timings: 7pm-10.30pm (Tuesday)

Lunch deal

Set-menu packages featuring a selection of top French fare. Dhs98 (two courses with soft drinks), Dhs130 (three courses with soft drinks and glass of grape) Timings: Noon-3pm (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

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By Dubai standards, Le Classique is an ancient institution. It opened its doors in 1988, and though the restaurant has recently been renovated and relaunched, it can’t shake its antique vibe. The air smells richly of butter, a sign that we are indeed dealing with ‘classique’ French cuisine – the type that was in vogue in the Paris of the ’50s. You can close your eyes and imagine how classy the wandering flambé stations seemed in the Dubai predating Gordon Ramsay.

When a venue has a smart dress code – as Le Classique does – you picture a wispy elegance saturating the place. However, the restaurant was filled with khakis and pastels in suit jackets, clearly the by-product of overlooking the sweeping Emirates Golf Club. This might also explain why my date and I were the youngest diners in the restaurant (if you ever wondered where Dubai’s blue-haired quotient keeps itself hidden, it’s at Le Classique).

Though the space has been revamped – with deep burgundies replacing the tepid creams of the previous incarnation, and fanciful frosted swirls now adorning the windows – the menu reads pretty much the same as it did prior to the restaurant’s seven-month hiatus. What really caught my eye, however, were the prices. In a town full of Dhs1,000-per-head meals, it’s refreshing to see a decent eatery charging a comparably meek Dhs220 for three courses. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the kitchen, but at least I knew we’d be getting good value for money.

The menu was as scary as it was enticing. Some dishes had so many ingredients and techniques that I wondered how they would come together. One such example was the mushroom risotto with pan-fried duck liver in a balsamic and red wine reduction with chunks of lightly baked apples. The dish had the potential to be overwrought. Instead, it was impeccably balanced, with the flavours coming together unexpectedly. I was relieved and amazed to find that the risotto was creamy, al dente, and, for once, not over-salted. Le Classique also proved an ideal place to satiate a craving for escargots. The shells were filled with the usual luxuriant garlic butter sauce, and came topped with mushrooms in an ethereal puff pastry.

A kind of shellfish trio was a bit more mixed. Essentially, it came with a delicate seafood chowder – pumped with a decadent, if artery-clogging, quantity of cream – a soft lobster dumpling and, oddly, a deep-fried crab wonton. These were all starters (my date decided to forgo dessert in favour of snails), and they made for wonderful, comforting fare. Mains were another story. Roast rabbit on a microscopic bed of spinach proved dry and overcooked, as did rounds of mushroom-stuffed guinea fowl
in a non-descript champagne-marjoram sauce.

For dessert, I gave into the wiles of the flambé table. Even though I felt I could imagine what cherries cooked in a Grand Marnier sauce would taste like next to two scoops of vanilla ice cream, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to watch the flames lick my meal right in front of me. The cherries were just what they should have been: soft, sugary and alcoholic. The let down came in the ice cream, which was frostbitten – a sign of age it shouldn’t have had.

If you order wisely, Le Classique makes a nice dinner venue. While it doesn’t have the sheen and polish of some of Dubai’s newer venues, a meal here comes is a third the price. There are better restaurants in town to impress a date, but few that are as well suited to impress parents. Especially if you’re expected to pick up the bill.

The bill (for two)
2x Glasses of Laroche white wine Dhs60
1x Large bottle Volvic water Dhs30
2x Three course dinners Dhs440
1x Flambé charge Dhs20
Total (including service) Dhs550

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Emirates Hills, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 417 9999
  • Travel: Emirates Golf Club
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User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

User reviews:

Posted by: Hetch on 31 Jan ' 13 at 10:50
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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Excellent French restaurant with great food and impeccable service. Didn't feel it's that old by any means, the decor and the setting are first class. We ordered onion soup (perfect) and foie gras (OK) for starters. Main courses were perfect, sole (not the same sole meuniere you're used to but still delicious), lobster (excellent taste but a bit smaller size), steak (excellent, the fries are probably the best I had in Dubai.. irresistable). Finished with Crepe Suzette and Toffee Pudding, both outstanding. Overall excellent experience at Emirates Golf Club. Will be back.

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 22 Sep ' 11 at 17:17
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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.

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 17 Aug ' 11 at 16:58
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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.

Posted by: John on 29 Jun ' 11 at 07:16
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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.

Posted by: leeann on 14 May ' 11 at 04:03
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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 !

Posted by: Lucy Foster on 27 Feb ' 11 at 12:22
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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.

Posted by: Maxim on 28 Apr ' 09 at 10:18

Please advise the best Fondu in Dubai.

Posted by: Raina on 18 Dec ' 08 at 10:15
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This is an absolute gem of a restaurant and the best French one in town. No matter what newbies come and go, Le Classique lives on forever! Chef Francois' dishes epitomise French cuisine - simple, tasty and leave you feeling like you've been in the arms of your grandma, in a quaint little village in France.

Hate the French as much as you like..... their arrogance for food is well deserved. And Chef Francois more than others.

Once you've tried his Crepes Suzette (made at your table by his very capable maitre d'), you'll never be able to think of dessert ever again, without these delicate flambeed parcels of heaven coming to mind.

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