Brasserie Du Park Dubai: An elegant French restaurant that ticks all of The Huntr’s boxes

In February 2018, the Park Hyatt hotel in Deira debuted a new culinary makeover transforming its dining offering to showcase a new area called The Promenade. It is at this new Promenade that you will find Brasserie Du Park Dubai – an elegant fine dining French restaurant that comes with The Huntr seal of approval. Read on to discover why…

Inspired by Deauville – a seaside resort on the Côte Fleurie of France’s Normandy region – Brasserie Du Park is as chic as they come. Think #IHaveThisThingWithFloors-worthy tiles, deep blue velvet seats, marble tables and an aquatic-inspired colour palette. There’s also a huge, stunning glass chandelier and an open kitchen. Magnifique!

After pouring over the menu and then making our selections, we were served delicious fresh bread and salty butter to whet the appetite. Then came our starters – and in the typical Huntr style, we’ll guide you through each, one by one… The Camembert Au Four Et Noix (85AED) (baked camembert with cranberries and toasted walnuts) had the option to add sliced truffle for 25AED. Naturally, we did just that. We highly recommend you do the same. This is a decadent way to start a meal and it was perfectly matched with the freshly baked bread. The Salade Gabrielle (108AED) was equally as tasty. Comprised of mandarin, grapefruit, black currant, jasmine and orange blossom essence with a shaving of foie gras and almond praline with cinnamon and mace, it is a party of flavours. Light and refreshing, this dish is a delight for the palate with its sweet, citrus and salty flavours. Our starters concluded with the Poulpe Poêle (90AED) – roasted octopus tentacle, chickpea puree and sautéed green vegetables. The charred taste of the crispy exterior coupled with the tender centre made this a perfect example of how incredible octopus can taste when it is cooked correctly. Moving on to the main event, we opted for the Loup De Mer En Croûte De Sel (220AED) (whole baked seabass, baked in a salt crust and served with a fennel salad and sauce vierge). This dish is served in a hard salt ‘casing’, which was opened right in front of our eyes by our friendly server, who also remove the head and tail of the fish. The succulent fish meat was ready to dive into as it had already been boned and the only thing we had to do was pour on the sauce vierge. It’s a simple but classic dish and one that we wholeheartedly recommend (a chilled Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux to wash it down with is also just the ticket!). We also ordered the Joues De Bœuf Sous Croûte (115AED) – a potted stew of braised beef cheek, foie gras, root vegetables and puff pastry. As soon as you lift the edible pastry ‘lid’ the scent envelopes you: super tender braised beef, veggies and foie gras swimming in a decadent dark pool of sauce. It was another culinary masterpiece and one that we recommend ordering.

With full stomachs somehow we still managed to squeeze in something sweet and opted for the La Poire Au Chocolat (65AED), which we decided to eat outside at Brasserie De Park’s pretty courtyard area (and recommend you do the same – weather permitting). This dessert is an edible piece of art – the “pear” is actually crafted using chocolate and mousse and comes presented on a bed of poached pear pieces.

All and all it was a memorable meal and the perfect example of French fine dining done right. The customer service was also exemplary.  Our server, Sandra, was attentive, passionate and knowledgeable and in fact, the whole team was approachable and warm. We can’t wait to return…

Insider tip: Advanced bookings advised. Friday brunch here is one of the best in the city – see all of the pictures of the Traiteur brunch and read The Huntr’s full review, here.


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