A casual French eatery from the popular chain
  • 1

Time Out Says

With dozens of restaurants spanning all genres along with generally thin crowds, it can be tricky to find a busy spot in City Walk.

So we’re keen to see how a modern French chain like Aubaine, with its top selection of artisanal breads and baked goods, fares when up against a smörgåsbord of other interational eateries.

After opting to sit inside instead of on the uninspiring roadside terrace, we skim through not one but two menus – one printed and one on iPad, which both appear to show the same.

After navigating the baffling techno-menu, we settle for the goat’s cheese and walnut salad. It’s a hit with huge cutlets of cheese sitting on top of a bowl constructed from lettuce, with grapes hidden among the leaves.

We also opt for the camembert, which is served in a mini frying pan with crudités and toasted bread. But it’s doused in so much truffle oil that the earthy and intense flavour of the cheese is lost beneath the even more earthy and intense flavour of the garnish.

A slightly better use of that ubiquitous ingredient comes in the truffle mac ’n’ cheese, with the perfectly al dente pasta sitting in a creamy homemade sauce under a thick layer of cheddar.

A classic rigatoni arrabiata offers a pleasant kick in a sauce that also heavily features olives and basil, but at Dhs79 is steep for a simple dish.
With a few more diners – and a less liberal hand with the truffle – we’d return.

What is it...
A casual French eatery from the popular chain

Why go...
For the homely cooking

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 19 Nov 2018

Be the first to get all the latest Dubai news, reviews and deals into your inbox by signing up to our free newsletter, click here to sign up.


9:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 AMMonday: 9:00 AM to 11:59 PMTuesday: 9:00 AM to 11:59 PMWednesday: 9:00 AM to 11:59 PMThursday: 9:00 AM to 11:59 PMFriday: 9:00 AM to 11:59 PMSaturday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Show number 04 510 8391
Dubai, Al Safa, Al Safa Street City Walk - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Recommended for you in Restaurants

Time Out went along to the first Yalumba brunch after Ramadan. Were you there?

Good food, good company, good environment - what more could you want?

What's the best way to use the spices in your cabinet? We ask Dubai's top chefs

Time Out suggests 10 of the best Middle Eastern and North African restaurants

Still not planned your Valentine’s Day dinner? Help is at hand!

We celebrate the seasonal fruits fish and fine foods