Frioul Bistro du Luxe, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Worth the wander. Frioul might not be the most obviously located venue, but there is gold at the end of this treasure hunt. Discreetly situated in one of the quietest corners of the Madinat waterways, it is a breath of fresh air from the tourist hustle and bustle and still retains the intoxicating waterside breeze and picturesque Burj views.
Truffle-umphant food. As one would expect from any chef channelling French and Italian cooking, a whiff of truffle is never too far away. Luckily, Brian Hughson knows what he’s doing and manages to achieve the perfect mix of flavours and fragrance. The truffle linguine is utterly spellbinding and well worth a try.
Speakeasy chic. The self-styled ‘new home of jazz in Dubai’ didn’t disappoint on the entertainment front, as a talented five-piece band provided the perfect soundtrack to the luxury lounge-style decor inside, evoking images of a high-end speakeasy from the Prohibition era, underlined by the grand bar and its equally grand bespoke cocktail menu.
Little bites of heaven. Try the chouquettes with chocolate sauce, which are crisp, sweet and yet soft pastry morsels with a light vanilla cream, drizzled with rich dark chocolate sauce.
Starter Tartare de boeuf, Dhs80
Main Duck magret, baked peaches, Dhs140
Dessert Chouquettes with chocolate sauce, Dhs80
Address: Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Telephone: 04 888 3444
Website: email@example.com/ www.frioulbistrodeluxe.com
Timings: 8am–1am Sat-Wed, 8am-3am Thu-Fri, 12noon-4pm Fri (brunch)
Twitter: @frioulbistro/ @friouldubai