A restaurant that has long been on my bucket list, we finally tried the famous La Cantine du Faubourg, a hot-spot that has been filling Dubai’s bellies with fine French food for nearly three years. Sat in Emirates Towers, the Saturday night drive down to La Cantine was an easy one, setting the scene for what promised to be fantastic evening ahead.
To give you a bit of background, La Cantine du Faubourg first opened its doors more than a decade ago, doing its “little turn on the catwalk” of Paris’ top fashion avenue, at n°105 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. What was previously a site for a bank quickly bloomed into one of the City of Lights’ most coveted addresses for a hip lunch, after-work drinks, dining and entertainment.
Deciding, as many do, to set up in Dubai, the location boasts vibrant views of DIFC. La Cantine du Faubourg is based upon five key principles: sound, music, image, art and food. A contemporary yet elegant setting, the beautiful restaurant has a gorgeous garden terrace, a natural, minimalistic bar, a pergola and salon restaurant. Indoors, the salon is covered in modern art, wood, stone and marble, and accents of bright red to give the restaurant a sexy feel. The outdoor seating is low and comfy sofas lines the walls.
Sat outside, we started with the cocktails, well priced at around AED55-60. The menu split into appetisers, main courses, grills and side dishes has an ample selection of traditional French fare, with the odd Mediterranean-Italian and South American dish thrown in for good measure.
We started with a delicious quinoa and kale salad with apple, goji berries and old age Parmesan cheese followed by marinated Hamachi with pickled vegetables and honey dressing. Both were bright and light but our favourite was the Seabass carpaccio with ginger dressing, avocado and fresh horseradish – a heavenly dish that packed the perfect punch.
After an impressive round of starters, we tucked into an indulgent round of mains starting with the risotto with leeks and fresh truffle, Pecorino and poached egg – a creamy concoction loaded with delicious truffle. This was followed by my favourite dish of the evening, the squid ink linguini with lobsters and calamari – this might sound un-original, but believe me, this dish will knock your socks off! We finished with the Chilean seabass en papillote with green asparagus and Thai coconut sauce which was light yet creamy – the perfect accompaniment to the heavier choices.
The icing on the cake was the divine Eton mess, arriving piled high in a massive martini glass – as you can imagine, it was sinfully scrumptious! A firm favourite, with fantastic service and seriously good food, La Cantine du Faubourg is worth a visit this winter!
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