Scintillating warm lighting, a breath-taking glossy white grand piano and French interior décor that would make any heart swoon, sound's too good to be true, right? Well, that’s what I witnessed when I set foot into the dreamy French restaurant and lounge, La Cantine du Faubourg.
Nestled within the Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel, the restaurant embodies perfection by offering you a choice of seating indoors or outdoors, proposing an array of different vistas of Dubai’s gorgeous skyline. Its décor fashioned from either wood, marble or stone added to the romantic aesthetic and we couldn’t stop flashing our cameras. Their festive set-up was absolutely dreamy. It's safe to say that the chic venue pulled out all the stops, and literally brought the lovely City of Lights, to our sandy lands.
On to the main focus of this story… our fabulous dinner at La Cantine du Faubourg. To start of, we were greeted ever so warmly by the staff and were made to feel at home. It’s the little things like great hospitality that make a restaurant memorable and La Cantine followed through perfectly.
For our first course, we were served a warm Chestnut Soup with Black Truffle. Now, let me tell you I’ve had a lot of soup in my life time, but this one in particular, was really something out of this world. The smooth creamy texture of the soup put me in a trance and the black truffle was just the metaphorical cherry on top. This starter was an all-round hit and had me licking the bowl for that last good drop, quite literally.
Then, the friendly waiters placed the most delicious looking salad I’d ever seen on our table. It was a stunning Whole Lobster Salad served with Pear, Spinach and a Honey Mustard Dressing. The salad was absolutely divine and never have I ever been so satisfied with a salad in my life, but this was no mere salad. Its reigning champion the lobster was simply exquisite and had me floored. The honey mustard dressing accompanied the salad well and fused together to send me into the most euphoric of states.
Then, we were introduced La Cantine's Foie Gras Terrine that consisted of a Fig Chutney coupled with Rocket Leaves placed on top of a delicious Brioche. The figs in the foie gras terine (below) were phenomenal and definitely worth the trip! I was facing one of those eternal life dilemmas at this point. You know, where you’re so stuffed but you still want more of that good, good food? Yep, that was me but, I still had to take on the main course and the desserts. Poor me, right?
My solution to this "dilemma" was to take a walk around so, that I could ogle and admire the venue's Parisian décor. Let me tell you, it really helped. Also, on my little walk/adventure/getting pics for the ‘gram', I caught a whiff of what the chef was preparing in the kitchen and it instantly made me ready for round two of my culinary journey.
For our main course, we were served a Dover Sole coupled with Braised Leeks and Gambas (shrimps) and drizzled with ClamVinaigrette. Not a big fan of seafood, I found myself surprisingly amazed at how much I loved the dish. I loved it so much that I actually found myself smacking my friends’ forks away so that I could get more for myself. As for the fish, it was cooked to perfection and its mild sweet flavour was complimented perfectly by the caramelized leeks and calm vinaigrette dressing. I’m still stunned at how expertly the chef managed to combine these various seafood dishes into a masterpiece that truly made my taste buds experience something like never before. I would definitely recommend you try this, even if you aren’t a big fan of fish.
Last but never least, we had the Vanilla Crème Brûlée and a Fruit Platter for dessert. The vanilla crème brûlée was the highlight of my night, dear readers and I have to say, it’s made it up there on my list of fave desserts (a tough list to make). I’m a fan of anything vanilla and, this sweet little dessert totally nailed it. The crack of the caramel was ever so satisfying, and when we got to dig into that vanilla goodness, it was just pure bliss.
We finished off with some refreshing fruits consisting of passionfruit, mixed berries, pineapple and, sweet melon. It was just what we needed to seal the deal on the most perfect festive meal.
All in all, I have to say La Cantine du Faubourg went above and beyond to impress us and I would definitely recommend that you head on down to this Parisian delight and, treat your family. Their festive menu is nothing short of delicious and, is guaranteed to make for some unforgettable memories!
La Cantine du Faubourg
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai
Contact: +971 4 352 7105, website