We tried the special set menu of the day for lunch on March 13th and almost everything went wrong. We should have known better, because they advertised it as a "DSF SET MENU", DSF meaning the Dubai Shopping Festival which takes place in February, while when we visited this place, it was the DFF season (Dubai Food Festival).
We chose "Mango coriander and steamed prawn salad" for a starter and soon discovered that the coriander was missing entirely. We informed the waiter about it, who looked at us as if we were asking for an item that was not written on the menu; and after a while he returned from the kitchen, telling us that "coriander was not available" -- as simple as that!
For the main course, I was supposed to have "Moroccan lamb fillet with spiced couscous, ratatouille and mints yoghurt sauce" and I wondered why the waiter did not ask how it should be cooked. What I received were 5 entirely black burnt miniature pieces of something which might have been meat before it was left in kind of incinerating oven. With disdain, the waiter returned my dish to the kitchen and this time, he asked how the lamb should be cooked.
A few minutes later, my wife who is blonde discovered a long black hair right in the middle of her main course: "crispy skin salmon fillet with herbs roasted baby potato, sautéed spinach, green beans and cherry tomatoes compote with lemon dill capers and butter sauce", Without a word the waiter returned the dish to the kitchen, and fortunately the new dish he brought shortly after had no such hidden extra.
Finally our "caramelized fig tart with vanilla ice cream" was not a fig tart at all, but a plain tartelette with no filling whatsoever, with just one slice of fig, about 5 mms by 3 mms large and 1 mm thick; not a caramelized tart at all, merely a spoonful of caramel sauce scattered across the plate; and no vanilla ice cream at all, because it had a brownish colour and an indiscernable taste.
You might think that the waiter offered us free coffee or tea afterwards, or granted us a discount? No way! Apparently at Hédiard in Dubai, this is business as usual.
I hope that the management in the UAE or in France will read this review and apologize for such a series of incidents.