Restaurant Review: Pascal Tepper, Dubai Media City

04 Nov 2011

The French master baker creates cakes worth celebrating (and the mains aren't bad either)

Pascal Tepper
Dubai Media City, Dubai, UAE
Tel: 04 454 2408
Web: Pascal Tepper
Dress Code:
Times: 7am to 11pm daily
Price Range: $$

When French master baker Pascal Tepper launched his first dine-in bakery outside of his native France in Dubai’s Media City, local workers thought all their birthdays (or, more accurately, birthday cakes) had come at once.

The hacks of Dubai aren’t that spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options. Though the arrival of a Lime Tree Cafe has helped, and long-standing Vapiano’s and Certo at the Radisson Media City are sound options, no one does patisserie round here like Pascal.

Chef Pascal was awarded the ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’ - a lifetime achievement award acknowledging him as one of the France’s finest bakers. Luckily for us, having identified the UAE as one of the fastest growing F&B markets in the world, he decided to bring his brand to the Emirates.

 * WARNING: Our Pascal Tepper cake gallery may seriously boost your appetite - proceed at own risk. *

Since the bakery’s April opening the store’s cakes have been gaining a bit of a reputation (“naughty, but beyond nice!”), and so – bikini body be damned – we gave into months of temptation and decided to try them out. Of course, we didn’t just cut straight to the cake; there are more than 70 items on the menu, including fresh baked bread, breakfasts, salads and sandwiches. We ate in, enjoying the bright and airy cafe ambience and some very comforting ‘ tartines’, a sort of cheese on toast with bells on - not literally, you understand. The Buffalo Tartine we tried (one of six varieties, costing Dhs40) was fashioned from a slice of rustic French loaf, layered with mozzarella, gruyere, tomato and pesto.

While mains were delivered to the table, for dessert we were invited to visit the cake counter – a real mistake for anyone on a diet. Delicate pastry parcels of fruit-laced cream, thick slabs oozing chocolate, dustings of icing, decorations of ornate spun sugar... it was all too much to resist. One layered chocolate mousse cake later we were ready to put our feet up in front of an afternoon matinee. Alas it was time to get back to work, though not before grabbing another cake in a takeaway box. Well, they are naughty but beyond nice...

FYI: There are plans afoot to open two more Pascal Tepper bakeries in the region; another in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi.

Signature Dishes: Tartines, feuilletes (a type of pasty) and patisserie cakes.