Restaurant Review: Bistro des Arts, Dubai Marina

Home-style French food with classic gingham tablecloths and candles
BySarah Hedley HymersMonday , 29 February 2016
Restaurant Review: Bistro des Arts, Dubai Marina
Duck breast in honey sauce

There are French restaurants and there are restaurants that make you feel like you're actually in France. I much prefer the latter, and Bistro des Arts transported me to the banks of the Seine with its red and white gingham-check tablecloths, flickering candlelight and own-label grape.

Francophiles can rejoice in national dishes from cheese-topped onion with croutons to foie gras terrine with onion marmalade, but the starter I still haven't stopped banging on about is the roasted Saint-Marcelin - a wheel of molten buttery cheese that oozed, egg-like, as I dunked my rustic bread. It was a vision worthy of the big screen.

More French classics abound among the mains, from boeuf Bourguignon to rabbit ragout and le magret de canard (duch breast) in honey sauce with dauphinoise potato. It's a romp through the country that first made food great.

Typically, the desserts are unashamedly indulgent with no knob of butter or dollop of cream spared. There’s something deeply comforting about the warm creamy baked rice pudding, and the mousse Salidou is a little mason jar of utter happiness. FYI, Salidou is an artisan caramel sauce made with salted butter by the Niniches confectionery in Quiberon, Brittany, and it is truly a thing of joy.
The only negative aspect of my night here was the smoker who sat next to my table. I was on the terrace, but with the weather being chilly it had been covered by a marquee. Anyone who can smoke around food this good really needs to check their taste buds into rehab.
INFO: 7.30am-11pm daily, The Address Dubai Marina (entrance on Dubai Marina Promenade), 04 551 1576,,

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