When this DIFC favourite won both Best French and Restaurant of the Year at Time Out Dubai’s Restaurant Awards this year, it was down to an unmatched combination of fantastic southern French cuisine, charismatic service, a classic setting and an enduringly convivial atmosphere.
Six months on and one thing’s for sure: La Petite Maison is as popular as it’s ever been. On our last visit, classically dressed tables turned constantly all evening (at one point we found ourselves on the table next to Gary Rhodes), but if staff felt harried by the bustle, they never let on. They’re professional to the bone, and that extends to the team in the kitchen, who continue to put out faultless food.
It’s an indisputably upmarket setting, but not austerely so. With high ceilings and low lighting, the atmosphere is friendly and cosy, and that’s reinforced by the sharing-style approach to dining. Food arrives à la minute, and portions are generous enough to divide so that everyone on the table gets more than a taste.
Price-wise, expect to be pleasantly surprised. While some mains will set you back more than Dhs300, there are several options for less than Dhs100. The slow-cooked duck à l’orange is a real standout, but save room for dessert – the smooth vanilla seed-studded crème brûlée will be the best you’ve had all year.
The bottom line
Fantastic French cuisine and a truly unbeatable ambience.