Brasserie Boulud Dubai: Faultless French cuisine, a licensed bar, and classy vibes in Bur Dubai

From the famed celebrity chef behind DANIEL in New York comes Brasserie Boulud Dubai at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk in Bur Dubai. Join your friends at The HUNTR as we show you why this is a must-visit next time you’re in the market for a fancy (but not too fancy) dinner…

Best known for his two Michelin-star restaurant in NYC, chef Daniel Boulud has been inspired by the French ‘art de vivre’ to create Brasserie Boulud, which offers a casual approach to fine dining. What does that mean exactly? Expect all of the pretty plates and good service, finest ingredients and wow-worthy eats, with none of the rules and stuffiness.

Open every day except Sunday for dinner, Brasserie Boulud is fully licensed and features a menu inspired by the chef’s Boulud Sud concept (NYC and Miami). With the same mission to offer a modern approach to French gastro-bistro tradition, whilst sprinkling a little Middle Eastern flavour to honour the region.

The interiors are classic and opulent, with various different table arrangements to suit any party size. The kitchen is helmed by French chef de cuisine Nicolas Lemoyne (under the guidance of chef Daniel Boulud) and is mostly open – offering diners a glimpse at all of the delicious and intriguing food-making action.

The HUNTR whetted our appetites with the complimentary homemade bread, flavoured butter, chutney, and tapenade. Suitably peckish and it was time to sample the Escargots de Bourgogne (70AED) Burgundy snails with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and a to-die-for garlic parsley butter. Divine. The Rillettes de Canard (60AED) featured a beautiful mixture of smokey, sweet and savoury flavours and encompassed pulled duck terrine and smoked breast with grilled sourdough toast, onion chutney and pomegranate.

From the seasonal winter (2020/21) truffle menu we tried the Risotto (115AED) with parmesan, mascarpone, and 3 grams of black winter truffle – expertly shaved in front of us at the table. It was worth every calorie. And from the mains section of the standard menu, we opted to share the Mediterranean Sea Bass (145AED) with pepper tomato marmalade, freekeh rice, zaatar, ginger, and orange dressing. The fish was moist and tender, the skin was crispy and we loved every mouthful. Plus the simple yet scrummy Grilled Lamb Chops215AED) with pan-roasted zucchini, pepper, and mint butter.

For dessert we couldn’t resist the Chocolate Fondant (50AED) and suggest you don’t resist it either… made with the finest Valrhona chocolate and perfectly gooey in the center, it’s a must-order situation for all chocolate fans.

Drinks-wise Brasserie Boulud is fully licensed and offers a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including specialist cocktails and mocktails. We tried and loved the Paris Lima (60AED) (pisco, crème de cassis, egg white, and lemon juice) and the L’Amant (60AED) (whisky, amaretto, grenadine, lemon juice, and orange juice.)

Fancy enough to enjoy a special occasion like a birthday or a dinner with important clients and yet reasonably priced enough to head here for a “why not” casual dinner date, we are already planning our return and have our eyes of the (delicious looking) steak and burgers next… See you there?

Insider tips: Closed Sundays. Open Mon-Thurs 6 pm until midnight and Fridays and Saturdays 6 pm until 1.30 am.

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