Buro 24/7 Middle East Review: La Cantine du Faubourg, Dubai
Dubai's new "artistic rendez-vous"
Sandwiched in between the twin skyscrapers of Emirates Towers sits the latest addition to Dubai's artistic and gastronomic scenes; La Cantine du Faubourg, a chic restaurant-cum-art gallery serving only the best of urban French cuisine.
Originally located at 105 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – one of Paris' premier fashion avenues – La Cantine du Faubourg's second restaurant certainly brings a touch of the city of love's trademark style to Dubai's International Financial District (DIFC).
Decked-out with simple, minimalist wood, stone and marble materials, and scattered with arresting artwork, the restaurant's interior and light, lush garden terrace offer a refreshing reprieve from the financial district's ultra-modernity.
Take your pick from an array of luxuriously traditional French dishes, all with a deliciously modern, international twist. To start, we recommend the light, refreshing crab and avocado salad doused in citrus vinaigrette or, if you fancy something a bit more hedonistic, the fois gras terrine, served three different ways – classic, chocolate truffle and crème brûlée style –accompanied by brioche, fig chutney and confit.
When it comes to mains, there's one stand-out winner; the sweet, soft, simply mouthwatering Wagyu short ribs, made even more scrumptious if you order the perfectly cooked pommes frites as a cheeky side.
If you're more of a seafood lover than meat-eater then you needn't despair, there's a wide-selection of fish dishes; from grilled octopus accompanied by pommes de terre, to seared tuna ratatouille.
And, if you're not quite satisfied by the time you finish your mains, then take your fill of La Cantine's delectable desert menu; which includes chocolate fondant, panna cotta with blueberries and basil-mint ice cream and a range of refreshing sorbets to cleanse the palate.
"La Cantine du Faubourg is more than a restaurant, it's an artistic rendez-vous, a lifestyle statement," say the restaurant's creators Pierre Pirajean and Helena Paraboschi.
"The concept relies on five key principles: sound, music, image, art and food. A hybrid gateway for celebrities and beautiful people from around the world, in search of their private playground and a multi-sensory experience."
La Cantine du Faubourg is open 7 days a week; weekdays from noon to 2am and weekends from noon to 3am