Restaurant Review: Bistro des Arts, Dubai Marina
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.