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“Nice french restaurant but excessive prices” 3 of 5 stars
Review of La Petite Maison

La Petite Maison
Gate Village 08 DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 439 0505
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Ranked #130 of 5,620 Restaurants in Dubai
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Bistro
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The home of Cuisine Nicoise, whose origins lie in old Genoese cooking, is the old town of Nice where French Mediterranean cuisine has blended and evolved with the influences of Ligurian Italy across the border. Local produce, notably artichokes, courgettes, lemons, olives, tomatoes, peppers and girolles are used generously with sea food, meat and fresh pasta to produce a style that's light and healthy. Oil obtained from olives groves on the hills of the Alpes Maritimes behind Nice and extending into Liguria is used throughout.
Dubai
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“Nice french restaurant but excessive prices”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The cottage is the quintessential French restaurant in the Financial Centre. Framework and brasserie with Mediterranean touches. Nice terrace at the entrance of the restaurant.

To date, business lunch for three. Unfortunately, our reservation of old had not been taken into account and because of the success of the restaurant, we had to settle for the terrace.

The restaurant attracts many businessman and people just "who wants to be see.....". Some waiters speak French.

That day we chose the following dishes:

Starters:
- Tomato and Burrata
- Beef Carpaccio
- Green Beans Salad with Foie Gras (my choice)

Dishes
- Sole Sautéed in Mustardseed (with accompanying selected green beans)
- Grilled Sirloin (400g) (accompanying with French fries)
- Grilled Veal Chop (accompanying with potato gratin) - My choice.

Beverages: 1 liter plain water, 1 liter sparkling water, 3 ristrettos

Initially, a bread basket is proposed, choice of white or two grains. Fresh bread.

Then, the entries are put on the table (bad service and timing because spacing of approx. 20-25 minutes between the intake of the first and third entry)

I must say that the bean salad was excellent accompanied by foie gras. Crispy to perfection.

As main dish, my veal chop was good but does not justify its price (see below). In addition, damage that a sauce is not proposed with. A contrario, excellent potato gratin, a treat. My friends have also found their food good. I could also taste the fries, which I have shaped are "homemade" french fries

Overall, I would qualified the food as excellent, but the service is "light", and too slow, also prices are excessive. But the setting is really nice.

Areas for improvement:
- The price (225 AED plus 10% of charges and services) for a veal chop is abused. As well as AED 320 for a fried sole with mustard seeds.
- Service slow. The restaurant works well but the servers don't follow and the dishes don't arrive at the same time at the table

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

This place is just excellent. Every single dish served is exquisite. The food arrives incredibly quickly which is great when you want to continue ordering more and more (which we did). The waiters were great, very knowledgable about their menu, funny, charming. We ordered the quinoa salad about 3 times (excellent for vegetarians), and their fries were fantastic.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Good food but terrible atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Even though the food is fantastic and arrives in a timely manner, I always have the feeling that I'm on the clock in this place. Having dined there three times now, twice for dinner and once for lunch, not once did I manage to relax and enjoy my food because the waiters really rush you through lunch because they have another booking after yours. We finished a 3 course dinner with a bottle of wine in 45 minutes!!!
I'm afraid I won't be returning here.. unless they change their overbooking situation.

Visited December 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“DELISH (food AND waiters)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I think this place is spectacular and just what dubai needed, casual chic and classy with good looking french men working there. The food is fantastic, just careful u dont over-order. and for appetisers try the burrata

  • Visited April 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Organised chaos”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

We probably were given the worst table in the Resturant and I had a seat next to the food traffic over looking the starter prep area, and kitchens.The food is delivered to the centre of the tables and in no particular order,our starters consisted of Calamari,Lobster and Crab Salad and Goats cheese, served over a period of twenty minutes excellent well cooked with good seasoning.The staff were not very attentive,and the wine waitress had not been trained.Main coarses were are not served with vegetables all extra, but again good food. Deserts good,wine average.Overall average food at expensive prices.My son in law has eaten in this Resturant on many previous occasions ,and said this had been by far his worst experience,too many poorly trained staff and middle management.

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