La Cantine Du Faubourg: Fine French food and creative flair

Join The Huntr as we present our exclusive review and pictures for La Cantine Du Faubourg Dubai…

La Cantine Du Faubourg is named after Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore in Paris, where it first opened over a decade ago. Here in Dubai, La Cantine Du Faubourg resides in the swanky Emirates Towers Hotel in the Financial District of the city. One foot inside this Parisian gem and you are enveloped in romance and mystery. Think dimmed, romantic lighting, a gorgeous expansive patio, which twinkles beneath Sheikh Zayed Road’s skyscrapers and Emirates Towers. A cosy lounge bar area, amazing music and VIP, curtained nooks for the ultimate, intimate experience. The brainchild of two artists and sculptors – Pierre Pirajean and Helena Paraboschi – La Cantine Du Faubourg also pays homage to all things creative, with regular art exhibitions and installations on rotation. When The Huntr visited, illustrator, visual artist and designer, Cologne-born Tasnim Baghdadi’s works were on display.

Seated for a dinner for two, we poured over the intriguing menu, which includes breakfast options (12-4pm on Saturdays), oysters, raw seafood, shellfish, pizza, sliders, salads, vegetarian dishes, grilled meats and fish, sides and lavish supplementary options like caviar, black truffle and foie gras.

To start, we whetted our appetite with a complimentary selection of fresh, warm bread and truffle butter. From the starters section of the menu, we opted for the Salmon Tartare (85AED), which comes with a punchy wasabi dressing and rice crackers, and the Seabass Carpaccio (90AED), which is mixed with a lively concoction of ginger dressing, avocado and fresh horseradish. Both dishes were appetizing, fresh and tasty. For the main event, we sampled the Honey Glazed Dust Breast with Spring Onion and Pickled Cucumber (140AED), served medium rare, the duck breast is dressed with a sweet sauce that perfectly complements the tender meat. We also ordered the Grass-Fed Rib Eye (220AED 330g), which is served with a choice of sauce (Bernaise, Peppercorn, Homemade BBQ or Classic Beef Jus). Simple but tasty, this is a must-order if you are a steak fan. To accompany the main courses, we went with the sautéed mixed greens (48AED) – the perfect light side dish, and a good option if you want to leave room for dessert (which you definitely should).

To complete our culinary journey at La Cantine Du Faubourg, we ordered the Eton Mess (110AED), which is served in a huge, Instagram-worthy martini glass and is perfect for sharing. Don’t miss it.

Drinks-wise, La Cantine Du Faubourg is licensed and offers a variety of cocktails and alcoholic beverages. We opted to try two different mocktails – the Raspberry Blop and the Ginger Zip.

The staff here are accommodating, warm and informative about the menu and dishes on offer.

Insider tip: Bookings recommended. Dress to impress. La Cantine Du Faubourg also run a unique take on Saturday Brunch (it involved pyjamas), a set business lunch deal and many other special events and happenings – discover the details here.

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