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“Paris in Dubai!”
Review of Bistro Madeleine - CLOSED

Bistro Madeleine
Price range: $33 - $53
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 9, 2012

10 www.gooseberrydubai.com members and myself went to Paris on Thursday, by way of Bistro Madeleine, The Intercontinental, Festival City and had a great evening with simple French food.

Set up like a buffet, the “starter” section included some really good roquefort, some decent brie and a very goaty camembert, accompanied by authentic French bread, a wealth of salads (the olives were awesome and the salad niçoise was tops) and a range of cold cuts, including pork.

Mains included an impressive salmon en croûte and some huge vol-au-vants with a range of “fillings” (I had the chicken fricassee ) which could also be enjoyed sans pastry with the rice and potato sides on offer. Le navarin d'agneau was a winner with other guests, I also tried the boeuf bourgignon, which was rich, but I love rich food - and there were also fish and veal dishes available.

Dessert is where Bistro Madeleine excelled, with a crème brûlée that had everyone saying it was “the best they'd ever had”. I really don't like it and stuck with the fabulous crêpe suzette – prepared at a live cooking station by a chef with a heavy hand on the Grand Marnier and an accent that made me weak at the knees.

The “meal deal” is 185d and includes house red and white wine. The white (Sauvignon) was decent, but the red apparently wasn't. We paid extra for posh water (grrr) and as we went “off-package” with a better red wine and some beers, we all paid circa 245d.

Laid out very simply like a French bistro the atmosphere is informal with basic café tables and the obligatory red and white napkins. We sat outside, with views over Festival City Marina, having made the decision to do so at 6.55pm (with guests arriving at 7pm) - and the willing staff quickly set up our area for us.

Live French music was provided by the resident chanteur and his trusty guitar – and was perfect – not too loud or obtrusive.

I heard a few French accents from the other diners too, which is always a good sign. Recommended for an informal night out in the “other end of town.”

Cost: AED 185 for the Thursday evening package.
Smoking: Yes outside, no inside.
Children: YES there were several (well-behaved) children inside and out
Dress code: Informal – no shorts or flip-flops. Jeans are fine.

NB: Bistro Madeleine is permitted to serve drinks and snacks during Ramadan.

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Thank ShellyMcD
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

A group of 10 of us ate at the French Buffet last night (Thursday). Great selection of meats, salamis and cheeses. Hot main courses had typical French dishes, however not many vegetables to accompany the meat. The desserts were average..I had Creme Brûlée which was very disappointing it had no crispy topping to break through and was more like Creme Caramel. There was a choice of red or white wine with the alcoholic food and drinks package. I drank the red wine which was fine. The staff were friendly and very helpful. A French singer entertained

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Thank Jane H
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Nice place to go for business lunch, with friends or when you are alone.
The staff are friendly and the chef is good.

Very good value for money...

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Thank Amédée S
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

The bread basket was very good and also the butter was good. Had salad nicoise which was ok... but artichoke could be done better. Friend had fillet du poisson which was nice - very light and just nicely cooked. For dessert we had profiteroles - excellent!! puffy pastry and very nice balance between the ice-cream and cream. Would be nicer with a little bit more hot chocolate..

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Thank han_ching
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

Nice little restaurant. If you want homely French food - go for Bistro Madeleine. The food is rustique French, with traditional dishes. Not fancy but solid - they do specials. The gratin dauphinois was really cheesy and delicious, the bread basket was also very good. The food was definitely tasty and I will return. While the space has little charm, the terrace is nice and service good. They also take Entertainer Vouchers.

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Thank Crunchy_Frog
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