Set inside luxury department store Galeries Lafayette, Lafayette Gourmet is a total foodie paradise. A small selection of top quality fruit and vegetables from around the world is complemented by a massive cheese selection, butchery and a diverse range of specialty products. There’s food from all over the world on offer, from Spanish to Japanese, Indian and Italian. It’s like an epicurean food court; everyone can pick the cuisine they like and join up together for a casual, but quality meal.
The Spanish station is set up like a tapas bar and serves some seriously good paella. The rice has bite, but is still creamy with an incredible depth of flavour and packed with chicken and seafood. Using top-quality Spanish Bomba rice, they also make a paella nero with squid ink, something not frequently seen on Dubai menus.
Who can resist freshly made pasta? We definitely couldn’t. Lafayette Gourmet has an eclectic selection made from ingredients such as beetroot, pumpkin and red peppers. The gnocchi, cooked simply with tomato sauce and finished with some Parmesan and a splash of top-quality chilli oil, is an absolute gem – classic flavour combinations executed perfectly.
The focus here is on quality, so whatever cuisine you’re opting for, you know the very best ingredients have been used to put it together. This gourmet haven is constantly innovating – they’ve just introduced a first-of-its-kind rice pudding station. The creamy dessert has been revamped with a range of new flavours including chocolate and tiramisu, and a variety of fruit – plus it’s totally organic. We hear they’re looking at setting up tasting stations as a permanent feature and when news gets around, we’re pretty sure they’re going to need some serious foodie crowd control.
INFO: Galeries Lafayette, Level 2, The Dubai Mall, www.galerieslafayette-dubai.com