When it first opened its doors in 2016, Bagatelle quickly made a name for itself as the place to see and be seen; for first-class cuisine with a party atmosphere to boot. And if you think Aretha Franklin’s retro tunes have no place in a fancy, French restaurant, well we’re happy to say that Bagatelle is still hot on the scene to prove you wrong. In fact, don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing on the table at the end of the night.
The restaurant may only open its doors at 8pm, but arriving fashionably late on a Thursday evening, we are welcomed with a nice buzz and an already-crowded dining room. Popular with Dubai’s most glamorous patrons, the white decor matches the super-stylish clientele with its plush velvet upholstery and Cartoon Network-style pop art that add a hit of colour to the classically dressed interiors.
When it comes to the menu, dishes are as decadently delicious as expected, with a Mediterranean-inspired menu that wouldn’t be out of place on the French Riviera. Kicking off with a tomato salad and crispy octopus, the former comes perfectly marinated in a mint-basil vinaigrette on a silky bed of feta cream, while the latter is garnished with harissa aioli, piperade and black lemon. Don’t pass on the black truffle pizza — slightly indulgent but one of the standout items on the menu.
Our mains come in the form of a cooked-to-perfection pan-seared tenderloin, doused generously in a Bordelaise sauce, complemented with buttery truffle-mashed potato. The home-made gnocchi served with black truffle sauce is an excellent vegetarian choice. Stand-out desserts include the white chocolate cheesecake served with passion fruit ice-cream and the salted caramel profiterole.
If you’re looking to end the weekend with a slap-up meal and after-party to follow, it’d still be hard to find a place that encompasses the two as well as Bagatelle does. Bravo.
INFO: Bagatelle Dubai, Fairmont Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road, 04 354 5035