Restaurant Review: Bistro Madeleine, The Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City

Stylish simplicity that keeps Dubai’s fans of all things French flocking back for more
Monday , 07 May 2012
Bistro Madeleine's vibe is minimalistic with a continental café twist
Bistro Madeleine's vibe is minimalistic with a continental café twist
Gorgeous, Gallic, gastronomic delights
Gorgeous, Gallic, gastronomic delights

Bistro Madeleine
Location:
The Intercontinental, Festival City
Tel: 04 701 1111
Web: www.ichhotelgroup.com
Dress code: Smart-casual
Cuisine: French
Times: 8am to midnight, daily
Price Range: $$

Sometimes, nothing beats a good French onion soup. Rich, thick, piping hot and sealed with melted gruyere. But there are few Dubai spots that do it well. Bistro Madeleine is one of them. They have achieved the rare feat of nailing the art of simple French cooking with a reasonable price tag. The menu is reassuringly concise and the vino comes by the carafe. Each dish is lovingly prepared by a team that takes genuine pride in the gorgeous, Gallic, gastronomic delights it slaves over for a steady flow of hotel guests and dedicated Dubai-dwellers. The vibe is minimalistic with a continental café twist. Everything from the fresh bread and butter, to the magnificent fresh seafood platter, is understated. The dish of steak frites is served just as it should be, simply, without garnish, with the option of a side of steamed greens, if you feel like it. Meanwhile, the crème brûlée comes unadulterated, save for a few red berries. The food speaks for itself and it’s this stylish simplicity that keeps Dubai’s fans of all things French flocking back.

On the Menu
APPETISERS

Gratinated French onion soup, Dhs40
Mixed salad with duck magret, foie gras, gizzards and homemade dressing,Dhs70

MAINS
Grilled striploin steak served with three pepper sauce and French fries, Dhs130
Seafood Platter, Dhs160

DESSERTS
Crème brûlée with red fruits, Dhs35
Seven layer chocolate fudge cake served with vanilla ice cream, Dhs45