A new restaurant from seven Michelin-starred US chef Thomas Keller is now open in Dubai.
Bouchon Bakery threw open its doors today (Wednesday August 16) at The Beach, JBR, and is likely to be a popular addition to the family-friendly area.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Bouchon Bakery also boasts a full pastry counter for takeaway or dine-in, packed with treats including croissants, pain au chocolat and macarons in flavours from pistachio to coconut and saffon.
Signature baked goods include Bouchons – rich, chocolatey brownies filled with chocolate chips – and a take on the traditional Oreo, Keller’s famous TKO cookie (Thomas Keller Oreo). There’s also a rich peanut butter cookie sandwich.
If you’re after a quick lunch break (or a picnic at the beach in cooler weather) you can grab a sandwich or slice of quiche from the counter, too, where all breads and pastries are baked in-house, daily.
Interiors have been thought out by New York hospitality designer Adam D. Tihany, a long-time friend and collaborator of Keller’s. The dining room is all greens and whites, with brass furnishings and a traditional brasserie-style vibe.
Breakfasts include an on-trend avocado on rustic toast (complete with piquillo marmalade, picked red onion and feta) and a turkey and cheese croissant, among a variety of other scrummy dishes. Lunches and dinners vary from soups (the curried chicken sounds a delight), salads, sandwiches and mains.
Keller opened his first restaurant, Rakel, in New York in 1986, and he’s since grown a global brand.
The first outlet of French bistro Bouchon opened in Yountville, California, in 1998, with Bouchon Bakery following five years later. There are now Bouchon Bakeries in New York, Las Vegas and Beverly Hills. This is his first venture in the UAE.
The idea for the bakery was born while Keller was in his 20s and working in Paris. His apartment was above a tiny bakery, which inspired him to set up his own.
“It was in Paris that I learned what an important role bakeries and bistros play in neighbourhoods and communities,” says Keller. “Whether it’s crusty freshly baked loaf bread or a simple meal skilfully crafted from the highest quality ingredients, these places pull Parisians together to dine and discuss their lives.
“I can’t take you back with me to that apartment above the boulangerie, but I can give you the best of those memories – the sights, smells and flavours.”
Open Sun-Thu 8am-11pm; Fri-Sat 8am-midnight. The Beach, JBR (04 419 0772).