We come over all Gallic this week, before satisfying our hunger for new Emirati, Mexican and Japanese food.
France’s national celebration of independence, Bastille day on Sunday July 14, is not far off, and it seems Dubai is already going francophile crazy in preparation for the opening of several new French concepts in the city. Despite it’s Venetian decor, Mercato Mall has become something of a French hotspot with the opening of two new eateries. The first to open, Plaisir du Chocolat, is a café, patisserie and chocolate shop all rolled in to one. The eatery makes its pastries and cakes on site, and uniquely its own chocolates too– you can even peek into the kitchen to see the chefs at work. In another rare move, the founder chef Betrand Espouy, who opened the first stall in Edinburgh, Scotland, is also on site and on hand in Mercato making these treats. Just opened and joining the ranks is Le Bar à Pâtes, which is literally, as the name suggests, a French pasta bar. Different varieties of pasta are made fresh on site each day and diners can select a variety with their choice of sauce.
Downtown Dubai has also been struck recently with French fever, with the opening of Fournil de Pierre and Maison Bagatelle, both located on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. Fournil de Pierre is a popular Gallic chain, but the first outlet to hit the UAE. The bakery boasts as many as 230 varieties of bread, including rustic, artisanal and stuffed breads and plenty of traditional French pastries.
Not far away is Maison Bagatelle, a Dubai sister to New York’s Bistrot Bagatelle. It is also a café-bakery concept, including a menu of signature savoury dishes such as croque madame, Bagatelle burger and truffle mac and cheese.
To get your feet back on earth, or rather, home, there’s some edible Emirati news for you too. Bait Al Bahar is a new diverse and three- tiered concept that has opened on Jumeirah Beach Road. The beach front villa houses three different concepts, one on each floor, and has also played host to Dubai royalty. From the bottom up, on the ground floor you’ll find the Beach House Dubai, a beach front café with seaviews, serving a classic international menu. Upstairs on the first floor is Bait 1971, a restaurant serving Emirati specials, and on the second floor you’ll find Mazology Lounge, a late-night chill-out spot, serving sushi, mocktails and shisha. There is also a rooftop terrace on the third floor, which is currently closed due to the heat, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for yet another new concept to launch after summer.
And finally, two new Souk al Bahar hotspots are now finally fully open. Having been in a dry soft launch for sometime, modern Mexican spot Fuego and Japanese fusion restaurant Kanpai have now both received licenses and have been declared ready and waiting.
Until next week, bon appétit!