WINNER: La Petite Maison
Year after year this beautiful restaurant nestled in the heart of DIFC continues to exceed our expectations. From its glorious lamb chops to its rich and creamy dauphinoise potatoes and fresh salads, whatever you pick you won’t be disappointed. Always busy, always buzzing and unfailingly excellent, this is a top-class restaurant with heaps of Gallic charm that you simply shouldn’t miss.
Open daily noon-3.15pm, 7pm-11.15pm. Sheikh Zayed Road, DIFC (04 439 0505).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bistrot Bagatelle
This extravagant French restaurant has a fun vibe and top-notch food. The atmosphere is buzzing, the décor is super cool and the dishes are tasty.
Open daily 7pm-late. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 5035).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie
If you want elegant dining, then La Serre perfoms time and again. A date-worthy venue in Downtown that’s worth a visit.
Open daily noon-3.15pm, 7pm-11pm. Vida Downtown Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 6969).
SHORTLISTED: Brasserie Quartier
A beautiful art deco dining room, all light and airy, houses this sophisticated European restaurant in The St. Regis Dubai. The seafood is a particular highlight.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily 6.30am-10.30am, 12.30pm-3pm, 6.30pm-midnight. The St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City Bay (04 435 5577).
SHORTLISTED: Chez Charles
Where some could fall foul of pretension, there’s none of that here. The atmosphere is buzzy, with not a whiff of stuffiness about it.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open Sat-Wed 9am-1am; Thu-Fri 9am-2am. Dubai Design District (04 512 2444).
SHORTLISTED: Demoiselle by Galvin
Set within the newest section of City Walk, it’s chic, dainty and demure. The colour scheme is fresh and bright – all white and beige with pops of colour coming from foliage in baskets suspended from the ceiling.
Dhs250-350. Unlicensed. Open Sun-Wed 8am-11pm; Thu-Sat 8am-1am. City Walk Dubai (04 590 5076).
A casual French bistro dishing out all the classics – especially moules frites, steak frites, pain perdu and more. There’s a good range of deals on offer throughout the week, too.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open Sun-Wed noon-1am; Thu-Fri noon-2am. Cluster A, JLT (04 514 9339).
SHORTLISTED: Jean-Georges Dubai
Top quality French food in an elegant setting, from Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Dhs500+ Open daily noon-midnight. Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach (04 457 3779).
SHORTLISTED: La Cantine du Faubourg
A fine and fun import from France. This lounge bar and restaurant has a vibrant, graffiti-strewn appearance, and a menu of great modern French-Mediterranean cooking.
Dhs500+ Open daily 11am-2am. Licensed. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 352 7105).
SHORTLISTED: STAY by Yannick Alléno
This beautiful venue serves equally good food from world-famous chef Yannick Alléno.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily 7pm-11pm (last order 10.45pm). One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1030).