Le Petit Maison
Situated in the heart of the DIFC, Le Petit Maison (http://lpmlondon.co.uk/dubai) is one of Dubai’s most renowned restaurants. With its opulent décor and pristine design, this restaurant is perfect for both dinner and drinks. Although there is no gluten free menu per se, they have enough options for more than a handful of visits. I found the staff to be very knowledgeable, understanding the issues of cross-contamination and how this could be avoided. Saying that, there was one minor hiccup with my starter but that was quickly rectified.
To start we opted for a few dishes to share, which included the scallop Carpaccio, the ratatouille with feta and the asparagus with goat’s cheese dressing. The ratatouille came served with Mediterranean vegetables marinated in olive oil and a healthy portion of feta cheese. The peppers were full of flavour with a slight hint of pesto and just the right amount of seasoning. Although this was a simple dish it was beautifully cooked and the ingredients were of excellent quality. The asparagus with shallot and goat’s cheese dressing is one of my favourite starters at Le Petit Maison, it usually comes without the thinly sliced bruschetta but on this particular occasion it was gracing my plate. The waiter quickly apologised and made me a fresh one so no harm done. Then there was the scallop Carpaccio, again, beautifully cooked, light and very moreish.
For my main I ordered the salt baked fillet of line caught sea bass with artichokes and tomatoes, with a side of lightly salted broccoli. The fish was surprisingly filling but beautifully cooked and the waiter was exceptionally helpful when it came to selecting a wine that complimented this particular fish.
Now to the most exciting part (for me anyway) and I really do have to applaud Le Petit Maison when it comes to their desserts. The crème brulee is to die for, and without a doubt it’s the best one I’ve ever tasted. Now I know this is a little naughty but I often pop in just for this particular dessert, yes, it really is that good. And the portions are huge, certainly enough for two people to share.
I also ordered the homemade sorbet (coconut, pineapple & mint, passion fruit, and raspberry) with wine pairings and I was more than pleasantly surprised. The coconut was exceptionally creamy and the almond shaving added an unexpected twist. The passion fruit was very sharp, allowing the full tanginess of the fruit to be released. The pineapple and mint were an unusual yet welcomed combination, very fresh but at the same time sweet. But the best of all was undoubtedly the raspberry with lime sugar, this had a very distinctive taste and the two flavours complimented each other perfectly.
I’d highly recommend Le Petit Maison to anyone with celiac. There are plenty of delicious choices, the quality of the ingredients are sublime and the desserts, well, I guess you can tell how much I enjoyed the desserts from my ramblings above. But most importantly, the staff are all very attentive and knowledgeable, and they have a great bar to help you wash down your meal.
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