18 November 2018Last updated

Dine out

This month we’re… all about the ooh la la!

From cafés to chocolate, new openings to new brands, we’re surrounded by an unmistakably French air of sophistication this month

By Catherine Harper
13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
  • Cassolette dining concept at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach’s Plantation.


There’s the très chic Café Rouge just opened at Madinat Jumeirah (04 554 6438) – where we’ll be sampling all manner of French classics – and the divinely tempting new Cassolette dining concept at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach’s Plantation (04 448 4848). Afternoons will be spent at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte in Downtown (04 553 0461), where we’ll be trying out the new Les Quatre Heures afternoon tea. Or, if we’re feeling lazy, we’ll be making full use of the newly launched home-delivery service from the recently opened 
Abu Dhabi branch of boulangerie Pascal Tepper (02 444 4762).


Chocolate Eiffel Tower, from Dh6 for 10-15g, Cocosia.

 We’ll also be popping into local artisan chocolatiers Cocosia (04 395 0977) in Al Barsha to indulge our sweet tooth with a couple of its ridiculously cute chocolate Eiffel Towers.


For a little bit of luxury, we’ll find our way to Cinq Mondes spa at Kempinski Hotel Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2000), where we’ll indulge in some signature treatments combining ancient rituals with cutting-edge French cosmetology.


Silk Crème Foundation, Dh220, Laura Mercier. 


Portofino Red, Dh127, Laura Mercier. 


Chantecaille Poudre de Perle, Dh263, Bloomingdale’s. 


Bag and purse, Dh9,050, Bloomingdale’s. 

And for our regular retail therapy fix, we’ll be hitting up Bloomingdale’s at The Dubai Mall (04 350 5333), where we’ll find a host of cult French products including beauty and fragrance from Chantecaille and leather accessories from coveted label Moreau, as well as our local branch of Areej ( to check out the colours in Laura Mercier’s new S/S15 collection.

Vive la France, we say!

By Catherine Harper

By Catherine Harper