La Petite Maison

Review: Fantastic French food that will linger in your memory Discuss this article

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In a year of some truly brilliant restaurant openings, perhaps the most anticipated was saved for the end of 2017.

If you know anything about fine dining in the UAE you should have heard of La Petite Maison, the French restaurant that has been showered with awards by our friends at Time Out Dubai.

Those who have dined in the sister restaurant up the road will recognise the white walls, table cloths and air of class that pervades the dining room. Here you’ll also find a terrace that is almost as big as the restaurant itself. It’s a smart space.

This is a restaurant that knows what it is and what it does. The cuisine is Niçoise, so if escargot smothered in a garlic butter, and ratatouille sound like dishes you can get on board with, you’re in the right place.

The latter dish is served cold, with a medley of roasted peppers, courgette and aubergine providing plenty of colour, and the neat addition of feta adding salty bite.

If you’re a carpaccio fiend, there are a couple of options that will interest you, but we suggest the yellowtail. The dish looks simple and the rich fish is merely accompanied by a zingy marinade. What the kitchen manages to do with those two elements is nothing short of stunning.

Go for the gnocchi and lamb chops for your mains and you won’t be disappointed.

Put simply, this is the best gnocchi we’ve had in the city. They come in a loose tomato sauce and are feather-
light. Perfect.

Juicy, charred lamb chops is another dish that allows the excellent ingredients to shine. The amount of flavour in one bite is nothing short of incredible.

Staff deserve a mention as they don’t miss a beat throughout. They know the menu and can make intelligent recommendations. Here’s ours: just go to this place.

The bill (for two)
1x ratatouille Dhs80
1x yellowtail Dhs100
1x gnocchi Dhs75
1x lamb cutlets Dhs230
1x gratinated potatoes Dhs40
1x mousse Dhs60
1x large water Dhs28
Total (excluding tax) Dhs613

The bottom line
A restaurant deserving of its hype.

Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 692 9600
  • Travel: The Galleria, Al Maryah Island

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