When we visited Bistro Des Arts Dubai we knew it would be good. But we didn’t know it would be this good. Read on to discover all of the tasty details…
This licensed French eatery is a slightly tricky gem to find. Tucked away behind the Dubai Marina Mall, whether you are driving or being dropped in a taxi, The Huntr advises heading for the Waitrose parking at the mall and then walking through the doors opposite the supermarket to the Marina Promenade, which is where Bistro Des Arts can be found. Decor-wise, the vibes here transport you to a bistro in Paris. There’s a pretty water-facing terrace for the cooler months filled with quaint French-style table and chairs and a huge red canopy offering shade and a cosy feel. Inside, there’s a mixture of wooden and brass features and an open kitchen at the back. The service also impressed us. The staff were friendly and polite, knowledgable about the menu and happy to assist with any questions.
After browsing through the menu, we decided to share the Pissaladiere (34AED, onion tart), Pulpe Grille, Pimet D’Espelette (56AED, grilled octopus) and the Pan-Fried Calamaris (64AED). The onion tart was totally perfect, a delicate buttery based was topped with sweet, tangy caramelized onions, anchovies and black olives. The grilled octopus was perfectly tender and the calamari totally blew us away – the combination of juicy, breadcrumb-coated calamaris with sweet cherry tomatoes and salty black olives was a flavour party in the mouth. For the main event, we opted for the Dos De Cabillaud Roti, Emulsion Aoili (117AED, roasted cod) and the Le Coquelet Roti Fermier (95AED, roasted baby chicken). The cod dish came with steam vegetables and a garlicky, creamy aoili sauce to pour. The chicken was one of the most tender and tasty we’ve ever tried, it came with fries (which had sadly absorbed a little too much oil somehow) a side salad and a tarragon jus to pour.
Because we were so blown away by the savoury dishes we tried, we couldn’t resist sampling Bistro Des Arts’ desserts. And boy are we glad we did! The Apple Tart (39AED) was topped with creamy vanilla ice cream and every bit as beautiful to eat as it was to photograph. The Salted Caramel Crepe was decadent and sweet and went perfectly with the two cappuccinos we ordered.
Insider tips: There’s a kid play area at the back of the outdoor terrace and a special kids menu. Bistro Des Arts is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. On Fridays and Saturdays, Bistro Des Arts offers a unique brunch concept between 10am – 2pm. For 99AED per person you get access to the ‘social table’ including juices, meats, cheese, pasties & bread, fruit & cereals, the main dish of your choice, a crepe of your choice and a hot beverage.