Anew chef has taken over the kitchen at one of Dubai’s classiest eateries. Gilles Bosquet has launched a new menu at La Cantine du Faubourg to coincide with his arrival, but he has promised to build on the restaurant’s previous successes rather than completely reinvent what it does.
Bosquet, who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and England as well as at The St. Regis Doha and One&Only Royal Mirage here in Dubai, has kept La Cantine’s Parisian flair as the new menu’s cornerstone, but has expanded the range of flavours coming out of the kitchen to take in other European cuisines and some Asian ingredients and techniques.
The new signature dishes on the menu include these honey-glazed wagyu short ribs. The dish combines sweet and tart flavours, crispy and soft textures and a fragrant, refreshing finish from pomelo, spring onion and coriander.
“The texture is quite surprising — crispy outside, soft and juicy inside. It tastes sweet and citrusy,” says Bosquet. “The garnish is very important as it helps to refresh your mouth, as it’s quite rich.”
Other new items include grilled octopus with ratte potatoes and yuzu dressing, yellowfin tuna tartare with prawn crackers and a beef tartare with an Asian twist.
“La Cantine has French elegance, yet it is kept fresh and relaxed,” Bosquet adds. “We pay great attention to detail — yet the element of fun remains.” We’re pleased he’s on board.
Dhs195. La Cantine du Faubourg, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 352 7105).