If there's one thing Dubai has a lot of, it's top-notch restaurants and bars. But it's also got a lot of people who demand a high standard night after night, but would love to stop searching every day for the new place to be seen. That's why we've visited Dubai's new openings of the summer season and rounded up the crème de la crème of eateries and bars for your enjoyment.
You may have heard of Catch previously, as it's one of New York City's popular restaurants with an A-list following. It opened last week in Dubai and is already making waves. Located in the Fairmont Hotel on Sheikh Zayed road, this chic seafood restaurant and lounge offers sophisticated yet approachable dishes in a sharing dining style led by Head Chef Bobby Griffing.
The menu contains a wide selection of seafood, meat and vegetarian specialties. The best dishes to try include Tartare Trio with Salmon, Hamachi, Tuna, Caviar & Wasabi Crème Fraiche; Crispy Whole Snapper with Peppers, Oyster Mushroom, Chili, Garlic; Herb Roasted Branzino with Creamy Vegetable Basmati and Wagyu Short Rib with 48 Hour Hoisin Braise, Sweet Potato Puree.
Tartar Trio © CATCH
Dessert highlights include the S'Mores Pizza with burnt marshmallow ice cream & melted milk and dark chocolates. In addition, there's an open hot kitchen & a raw sushi and sashimi bar where the signature torched CATCH Roll and local DXB Roll are prepared by Sushi Chef Yutaka.
Frioul Bistro de Luxe
A fresh take on French Mediterranean cuisine with subtle influences of Italy is what you can expect from this new hot spot located in Madinat Jumeirah. The crisp white décor is welcoming and the marble bar area is a great place to start with a cocktail, all beautifully presented and garnished to perfection.
Frioul Bistro de Luxe exterior, Burj Al Arab view
As for their grape selection, I was impressed with their well selected, reasonably priced wine list. The lounge & bistro offers refined, contemporary, live jazz music by international and local artists. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner, this beautiful bistro de luxe is not to be missed. Luxos recommends the Bone Marrow with Escargot.
Baked bone marrow braised snails at Frioul Bistro de Luxe
La Cantine du Faubourg
Another French restaurant has recently opened and we're welcoming La Cantine du Faubourg to Dubai's foodie scene. It's the second restaurant from this brand, which is conveniently located in Emirates Towers, a stone's throw away from Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). This refreshingly cool restaurant is easy to find with it's own entrance (no need to go into Emirates Towers), and has a fantastic terrace complete with a bar and dining area.
Private dining room at La Cantine
The terrace has become a popular spot for the DIFC business crowd to enjoy after-work drinks. Be sure to book a table outside while the temperature is still bearable. If you prefer to dine indoors, you have the choice of dining in a lounge setting, an open dining area or a lavish private dining room.
La Cantine foie gras
La Cantine du Faubourg's first restaurant opened 10 years ago at n°105 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré by artists Pierre Pirajean and Helena Paraboschi. The concept (defined by the owners) is that it's more than a restaurant; it's an artistic rendez-vous, and a lifestyle statement. So far, it seems like the Dubai location is living up to it's Parisian counterpart. Luxos recommends the Foie Gras terrine, brioche and figs, the sea bass and black quinoa and the chocolate fondant.
La Résidence Restaurant & Lounge
Inspired by the luxury brasseries of Paris, La Résidence is the creation of Michelin-Star Chef Frédéric Vardon, who brings his distinctive brand of accessible modern cuisine to the Dubai culinary scene for the first time. Located at the iconic Raffles hotel, La Résidence promises classic French recipes with dishes respecting the produce seasonality of France.
The multi-faceted venue opened its doors April 30th and has already created a buzz with an eclectic clientele. The décor is warm and seductive with a fantastic cocktail bar, as well as bartender Brett who will makes an outstanding lemon meringue cocktail.
Frederic Vardon © Pierre Monetta
As for the menu, in keeping with true Gallic spirit, you can expect traditional dishes selected from all over France. Luxos recommends the Landes Duck Fois Gras, Burgundy Snails and 'Parisienne' Style King Crab. Mains to try include Farm Fillet of Veal, Beef Tartare and Duck with Turnips. An abundance of seafood will also be available including a selection of fresh Oysters, Sea Bass, John Dory and Casier Thermidor's Blue Lobster.