Restaurant Review: Le Classique, Emirates Golf Club

French food is serious business here
Restaurant Reviews
Softly lit, baroque-style interiors
Softly lit, baroque-style interiors

Le Classique
Location:
Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, Dubai
Tel: 04 417 9999
Web: www.dubaigolf.com
Dress code: Smart
Cuisine: French
Times: 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to midnight, Monday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$$

For 20 years, Chef François Porte has been serving his brand of French cuisine in Dubai. Food is serious business at Le Classique, and while French in style, the portions are more generous than is usual for such cuisine. The softly lit, baroque-style interior of the restaurant plays second fiddle to stunning golf course vistas, with floor-to-ceiling windows giving diners uninterrupted views of the rolling fairways.
The staff-recommended trilogy of lobster starter is the ultimate way to sample the delicacy in different preparations, our favourite of which is a light but creamy Thai butternut squash soup with just a hint of a spicy kick.
Staying true to the high-end feel of the restaurant, a sorbet palate cleanser is served between courses, and mains are presented with a flourish, nestled under silver cloches that are removed in unison by well co-ordinated waiters. The pillow of salmon main piqued our interest, and while the name is a little deceptive (it’s really more like a roll), the filling of fresh crab, paired with a crayfish, mussel and cockle sauce is satisfyingly mouthwatering.
If you have room, we recommend the crêpes Suzette (flambéed at your table by a very capable maitre d’) for dessert – the parcels of deliciousness are the perfect sweet ending to a meal that’s perfectly on-par with Dubai’s high-end dining scene.

On the Menu
APPETISERS

Trilogy of lobster ravioli, Devon crab cake with horseradish mayo, and Thai butternut squash prawn soup;
Creamy garlic mushrooms served on a puff pastry case, garnished with fresh green asparagus

MAINS
Rack of lamb served with glazed baby onions and red wine jus;
Pillow of salmon filled with crab and served with mussels, cockles and crayfish sauce

DESSERTS
Roast pineapple with a coconut pastry filled with white chocolate mousse and piña colada sorbet;
Traditionally flambéed crêpes suzette
Three-course set menu, Dhs285

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