Traiteur, The Promenade – Gluten Free Dining Dubai, UAE
Traiteur is renowned for being one of the best restaurants in Dubai and was voted “Restaurant of the Year” for two consecutive years by Time Out Dubai. So as you may guess, my expectations were set extremely high. The décor was beautiful, but the atmosphere was severely lacking. Perhaps it was because the restaurant happened to be rather quiet this particular evening? Nevertheless, I found that this French inspired restaurant was a little disappointing upon first glance.
Although technically not my birthday, my family were visiting so we’d booked a table over a week in advance to ensure that my gluten free needs could be met. And I was as little excited to say the least; the menu looked amazing. Spoilt for choice does not even begin to cover it. While I was umming and arring, the gluten free bread arrived, they even brought a separate butter dish for me. So far, so good.
The menus were taken, the wine had arrived and I had eventually decided to order the snails to start and the steak rossini for my main. There was a minor glitch as only three of the four amuse-bouches arrived, it turns out that they weren’t actually gluten free so they couldn’t accommodate me here. I’m no expert, but from my previous experience I’ve found that it’s better for everyone to receive something rather than one person be left without anything whilst everyone else eats.
These things happen. And in all honestly, the snails made up for the lack of the amuse-bouche, which my guests has assured me wasn’t even that nice. The steak rossini arrived, it was perfectly cooked (rare) but the sauce was a little too rich. And I like rich food. We were then asked if we wanted any desserts, but I couldn’t eat another thing. I was stuffed. Nevertheless, I asked what was gluten free on the dessert menu and they informed I would only be able to eat the fruit platter or the sorbet. Not really that impressive.
Everyone was full so we finished our wine and ordered the cheque. But we were pleasantly surprised when eight or so delicious looking chocolates arrived at our table for my birthday. And I love chocolate. Very nice touch. But it turns out that these were not gluten free either. I guess it was a good job I was full.
Overall, the food was amazing but the service was average at best (if not a little rude) and the gluten free options were disappointing. I’ve found that other restaurants offer more with much less notice, which is not something that you’d expect considering that this is supposed to be an award winning restaurant. Personally, I wouldn’t go back.
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