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.
With crisp white tablecloths, brasserie-style décor and snappily dressed diners, Chez Charles has all the markings of a classy French restaurant.
Yet, where some could fall foul of pretension, there’s none of that here. The atmosphere is buzzy, with not a whiff of stuffiness about it. The kitchen is visible behind glass, too, modernising the space.
The first restaurant venture from upmarket catering company Chez Charles, the d3 eatery is headed up by chef Jeremy Degras, formerly of Michelin-starred restaurant Le Quartier Gourmand. And the food, as expected, is excellent.
Everything on the well-put-together menu sounds delicious. We’re encouraged to share (though this isn’t compulsory, don’t worry), so order a couple of starters to kick us off. The wasasbi tuna tartare pani puri is delightful and the texture of the chopped fish and crunchy shell work perfectly. Our avocado cocktail is also a hit – a lovely combination of flavours, with large prawns swathed in classic Marie Rose sauce and finished with a sweet yet tangy mango salsa. A creamy asparagus risotto pairs expertly with the cod in basil beurre blanc sauce, too – again, we can’t fault it.
With quick service and an exciting menu, we’ll be back.
The bottom line
Delicious dishes and comfortable vibe.
French culinary genius Yannick Alléno has his name over the door and the food here is worthy of a man who has three Michelin stars back in France. It’s a real destination restaurant, sitting impeccably in the One&Only The Palm. Décor and service are both superb. Food is delicately designed and plated but bursting with more flavours than it looks like is possible. It’s romantic and the food matches the ambience. The menu has no duds but hold back some space for a sweet ending – chosen from the “dessert library”.
Getting a new French chef in late 2016 has given La Cantine’s Parisian flair a new lease of life. Now there are dishes with more of a trans-European influence and some Asian ingredients and techniques. Signature dishes include honey-glazed wagyu short ribs, grilled octopus with ratte potatoes and yuzu dressing, yellowfin tuna tartare with prawn crackers and a beef tartare with an Asian twist. There is still the same class and elegance to the venue, which gets livelier as the nights go on but with an expanded palette of flavours on the menu.