With international outposts in St Tropez, St Barts, Miami, New York and LA, the Dubai branch of Bistrot Bagatelle is located behind a white door that opens to reveal an Art Deco-meets-Pop Art-inspired interior, crowned with chandeliers.
Specialising in French-Med cuisine, starters skip from beetroot and fig salad with candied seeds to yellow fin tuna with avo and soy-lime dressing. The cheapest entrée is the house salad at Dhs50, but it’s worth pushing the boat out (and turning a blind eye to carb caps) to sample one of their pizzas; choose from black truffle or lobster and pineapple varieties.
For a main course, the filet mignon accompanied by raclette mash and a rich Bordelaise sauce is a banker, but it’s more fun to experiment with some of the insanely decadent dishes on offer, like the whole Josper-roasted spicy lobster with linguine and bottarga, or the roasted salmon with cocoa bean purée and red butter.
You may not have time for dessert. Billed as the new La Petit Maison, the place is packed, so the restaurant enforces a strict two-hour stay policy, after which time you’ll be expected to relinquish your table. Should you make it to a third course before deadline, try the salted caramel profiteroles. INFO: 8pm-2am daily, Fairmont Dubai, 04 354 5035, firstname.lastname@example.org, bagatelledubai.com