Entre Nous

Business lunch hot spot popular with Trade Centre delegates
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Entre Nous perches somewhat uneasily in the lobby of the Novotel, a building constructed purely to host the besieging hordes of IMF delegates. We ducked the foyer-based seating and snuck off to the more secluded non-smoking section, where the spirited aircon soon rendered us a little too chilly for comfort. Sensing our distress, the maître d’ whipped out a pair of pashminas, gallantly placed them on our shoulders, and bade us bon appétit. Smooth.

The monochrome décor is cheerful but not half as classy as the service: it’s business minimalism – all ivory marble floors offset by dark wood walls. A grid-like mobile made of chrome-rimmed portholes runs down the middle of the restaurant, separating the nicotine hounds from the ciggie sceptics.

Toasty warm in our complimentary shawls, we got cracking on dinner, digging into an excellent but small asparagus starter, a slightly stingy trio of sticks rolled in thin salmon slices with a poached egg and slice of baguette. We also tried out some beautiful juicy scallops, perched atop a floaty-light mille-feuille of pastry. Staying fishy for mains, we ordered salmon steaks and shrimps. The salmon was straightforwardly tasty, served on a bed of buttered green beans with a sprinkling of café de paris sauce. The grilled skewer of king prawns was dull, but jazzed up with some butter and garlic sauce, and aided and abetted by French fries and a kicking gratin.

Dessert proved to be the lame duck of the dinner. The buffet puddings, while colourful and inviting, were a let-down – the choc cake, caramel meringue, cheesecake, and layered gateaux were all stale. Our à la carte apple pie didn’t fare much better, arriving cold, crusty and quite tasteless.

At the end of a generally pleasant meal we sipped Stellas at the Blue Bar next door and asked ourselves whether Entre Nous will still draw the crowds once the fanfare of Dubai 2003 is over. Possibly, but it’ll have to find some way to stand out from the crowd of generic business outlets if it’s going to attract more than in-house guests.

By Rob Orchard  | 01 Oct 2003

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6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Sunday: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PMMonday: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PMTuesday: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PMWednesday: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PMThursday: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PMFriday: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Show number +971 4 332 0000
Dubai, World Trade Center Area, Novotel World Trade Centre, Lobby Level, Sheikh Zayed Road, Street # 312

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