With locations spanning in holiday hotspots like Miami, Sao Paulo, St. Barthes, Los Angeles and St. Tropez, Bistrot Bagatelle is a Restaurant that promises flavour in both food and music with a bespoke French hospitality like nothing you’ve come across in the UAE.
Bistrot Bagatelle first introduced its “joie de vivre” to Dubai in 2015, since then it has enjoyed quite a history. Every holiday or season, the restaurant brings delightful musical themed nights and festivals to spark great entertainment and quality food to their diners. Loud, colourful, vivid and exotic, the atmosphere is just as lively as that you would come across in a theatrical concert. The Interiors however are more subtle, like an old Parisian apartment complex, with chairs and tables in rustic brown, crisp smooth white table linen and pop culture themed paintings offsetting plain white walls.
Bagatelle’s main concept is to enrich the experience of their diners by giving them more than just food and drinks. In a typical French fashion, food is part of the entertainment and music is an accessory to complete your whole dining ritual with finesse…
Speaking of food, the restaurant offers more than just French cuisine, in order to meet Middle Eastern taste buds, the whole menu is peppered with Mediterranean dishes and customizable spices.
We started off our evening with a delicious Salmon salad called ‘Crudo de Saumon’. The concoction is made of Scottish salmon, Granny Smith Apple, Lime, Charred Spring Onion and Jalapeno. The great fusion of spices and the zest from the lemon truly enriched our senses and it made us enjoy our cocktails even more as the zest made our cocktails taste more wholesome and fresh.
Following the salad, we were then served Pizza à la Truffe Noire, a French twist to a classic Italian pizza with homemade truffle cheese, truffle puree, and Fior di Latte. It was delicious, although a little lacking in salt, so we added salt to taste.
Next, we were served Filet de Loup de Mer, a grilled wild sea bass served with French barigoule sauce, leek fondue and pickled vegetables. It was a slight miss for us as despite the interesting sauce and fondue, the flavours came out slightly bland.
When our waiter realized that we were underwhelmed by the sea bass, he offered us Faux Filet de Wagyu, a Japanese grilled beef, tender in texture, served with French fries in parmesan cheese, along with pink and green peppercorn sauce. This was a hit! Packed full of flavour and fully restored our faith.
Finally to complete the exotic meal, we were offered two dessert plates of Viennois à la Noisette and Savarin Brillat au Cheesecake. The former is a Chocolate cake served with hazelnut mousse and Amaretto ice cream and the latter is a cheesecake served with fig jelly and grape sorbet. Both were delectable and tasted totally unique to what you’d get in French bakeries around Dubai. The fruit punches in the cheesecake and the strong cocoa and coffee touches in the chocolate cake with Italian vanilla ice cream sealed the deal for what Bagatelle truly represents: Festive and Unique.
We were definitely impressed and would recommend our readers to try this venue.