Gilles Bosquet is the new Corporate Chef at La Cantine Du Faubourg and he’s doing fabulous things with the menu. It would be a tragic loss to never sample his honey-glazed Wagyu short ribs, dressed with pomelo, spring onion and coriander (Dhs195) – I instantly made a repeat order on finishing this starter and added it to my top five Dubai dishes of all time.
In truth, I could have danced all night through the Pour Commencer section of the menu at La Cantine, such is the spread of temptations. Dishes that deserve a special mention include the yellowfin tuna ceviche with sesame and sweet onion vinaigrette (Dhs105) and the burrata pizza with fresh black truffle (Dhs140) – both stunning.
Laidback, with wicker chairs scattered around the vast terrace, and urban art inside, this is the kind of place you can share starters and drinks beneath the stars or video installations, as you prefer. If you’ve room for more food, there’s a caviar menu with prices starting at Dhs260, a grill (choices range from Dhs155 whole baby chicken to a Dhs450 750g Tomahawk), and satisfying mains, from the comfort food that is risotto with truffle, pecorino and poached egg (Dhs115) to the roasted John Dory with lemongrass wakame and kumquats (Dhs185). I love this menu and writing this is making me hungry. I’m off to book a table!
INFO: 12noon-2am Sat-Wed, 12noon-3am Thu-Fri, La Cantine du Faubourg, Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai, 04 352 7105, firstname.lastname@example.org, lacantine.ae
Honey-glazed Wagyu short ribs, Dhs195
On sampling this soft, juicy starter in a rich marinade, lifted with the kick of spring onion and segments of sharp and sweet pomelo, every diner at my table exchanged meaningful “oh, wow, this is sooo good” gazes. This is the one to come back for again and again – and again.