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04 354 5035 Sheikh Zayed Road

Make no mistake, this French restaurant is extravagant. With grand, regal seats in royal blue and chandeliers throughout the sprawling, crisp white dining room, decadence is on show here. But it’s also super-cool with a fun vibe and buzzing atmosphere.

It brings a sense of dining in the south of France and a chilled-out, leisurely Mediterranean ambience that makes a meal here an excellent choice.

Not least because the food is top-notch, too. Fresh, seasonal ingredients directly from the Mediterranean are used to create some of the best dishes that French cooking is famous for. The restaurant’s signatures include escargots à l’ail – Burgundy snails with cured meat, garlic butter and smoked mashed potatoes, plus shards of flatbread with which to scoop it all up. If you’ve never had this French classic before, Bistrot Bagatelle is the place to try it.

Meat-lovers will want to dive into such Gallic staples as tartare de boeuf, starring hand-cut cured beef tenderloin, with capers, cornichons, truffle and pecorino. It’s a real treat as a precursor to the signature poulet rôti entire à la truffle – that’s a whole, truffled roasted chicken with baby potatoes and chicken jus. A carnivore’s dream. If you love seafood, don’t miss the lobster linguine, it’s a delightful pan of al dente pasta, a whole lobster and a silky tomato sauce that’s perfect sharing date-night food. Staff are super friendly and helpful, too.

Don’t arrive too early, as it will be super quiet, but head here later and the restaurant’s vibe picks up, with almost a club-like atmosphere – pumping music and dim lighting.

For a sophisticated meal in high-end, but unstuffy setting, get yourselves here pronto.

The bottom line
Super-cool spot with excellent food and a great vibe for a late evening dinner.

+971 4 439 0505 DIFC

Perennially popular and consistently good, you can’t go wrong with a table booking at La Petite Maison. Whether you want to impress a business client, visiting family or a loved one, it will come up trumps.

As our current Best French restaurant, LPM wows every time. Inside, the décor is understated, all neutral shades of creams, whites and beiges. But the fine-dining white tablecloths and flecks of gold give it an elegance and class that shines through.

We visit on a weeknight, and it is, as expected, packed. The chatter rings out giving a buzzy, friendly atmosphere.

The food is simply outstanding. From the sweet, caramelised onions atop a wonderfully crisp pastry that forms the delightful pissaladière (onion tart), to exquisite lamb cutlets, perfectly pink inside their expertly charred exteriors, everything here will blow you away. Order a side of the intensely rich and creamy Dauphinoise potatoes and it will enhance your meal ten-fold.

For veg-lovers a pumpkin risotto is packed full of flavour, while our starter of crab and lobster salad is fresh and zesty with an ample helping of the meaty crustacean.

We love LPM, and if you’ve been, you’ll know exactly why. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?

The bottom line
A multiple award-winner for a reason.

04 457 3779 Jumeirah

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A restaurant bearing the name of a chef with three Michelin stars is inevitably going fill you with high expectations. And let’s not beat around the bush, Jean-Georges delivers. And then some.

The space is big and bright, the dining room slick and ultra-modern, but it feels welcoming and relaxed, thanks to creams and browns in the colour scheme, as well as low, warm lighting.

That warmth extends to the staff, too, who exude a sense of confidence that’s reassuring and a depth of knowledge of what they serve. So far, so three-star.

The menu boasts a selection of inventive French dishes. Expect plenty of caviar, of which the egg creation is a highlight – creamy with a sharp edge that we could easily eat multiple portions of.

There are plenty of tasty-sounding plates on the menu to choose from, but the standouts that we heartily recommend are the intensely flavoursome black truffle pizza. It’s covered in a buttery, rich fontina cheese, and lashings of black truffle oil, plus black truffle shavings.

Another must-try is the roasted foie gras – one of the best dishes we’ve eaten all year. It’s butter-soft, with a purée of lychee adding a whole new dimension of flavour. Complete with a dust of black olives and rose, it blends tastes and textures expertly.
If you haven’t been to Jean-Georges, make a booking today.

The bottom line
Great food, top-notch service. Go, now.

French 04 590 5076 Abu Hail

This restaurant’s pedigree – from Michelin-starred chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin – will fill you with great expectations.

Bringing that kind of flourish to Dubai isn’t difficult. The city is awash with top-notch eateries that take pride of place within the city’s pristine developments, and Demoiselle fits perfectly.

Set within the newest section of City Walk, it’s chic, dainty and demure. The colour scheme is fresh and bright – all white and beige with pops of colour coming from foliage in baskets suspended from the ceiling.

It’s casual by day, with lower lighting setting the mood for an evening meal.

The classic butler-style uniforms, given a quirky twist with green bowties and beige braces, worn by staff add an air of elegance. What they’re serving is very good, and they’re quietly confident of this.

The baked lobster fishcake is a great introduction. It’s fluffy and sweet on the inside, packed with meaty chunks of crustacean. It’s a dream to eat, with a smidgen of chilli delivering a light kick.

As the mains arrive, things only get better. The duck confit comes with a bubbly, crisp layer of skin covering shreds of meat so tender, juicy and sweet we could weep.

A braised wagyu beef short rib with truffle crust and mushroom cream is fall-apart and sticky-sweet. It’s a truly decadent, yet delicate dish that gets us seeing stars of the Michelin kind.

Being a café, the menu at also boasts an array of breakfasts, and a variety of teas, plus an abundance of freshly made viennoiserie, patisserie, macarons and cakes. Head over to the counter to admire these, and definitely don’t pass up on ordering one to finish.

For a low-key meal featuring top-quality dishes, Demoiselle by Galvin is a solid choice.

The bill (for two)
1x baked lobster fishcake Dhs64
1x lamb boulettes Dhs42
1x crisp duck leg confit Dhs18
1x braised wagyu short rib Dhs189
1x Parmesan French fries Dhs34
1x creamed spinach Dhs28
1x chocolate choux bun Dhs38
Total (including service) Dhs523

The bottom line
Quality eatery that doesn’t just rely on the name above the door.

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