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
For the homely cooking
By Time Out Dubai staff | 19 Nov 2018