Describing itself as ‘a slice of Paris in Dubai’, Bistro des Arts transports diners to 1970s Paris with ease. Hailed as the most authentic French bistro, this spot serves classic French bistro fare from breakfast through to late-night supper.
The venue is the type of alleyway eatery more commonly found on the Left Bank than right in the heart of Dubai Marina. The dimly lit space features elements reminiscent of 1970s brasseries; think chalkboard menus, ox-blood banquettes, wax-drizzled bottles and the aforementioned low-slung ceilings, which create a clandestine and intimate atmosphere. The rustic French décor continues onto the garden terrace, which features stunning views of the Arabian sea.
The traditional interior sees some contrast with its hanging bulbs and exposed industrial fittings juxtaposed against rustic distressed wooden tables and chairs. This blend of quintessential French style with Dubai’s contemporary sophistication is a feature repeated in the elegant bistro menu.
Here you’ll find classics straight from grandmere’s Parisian kitchen. Bistro des Arts’ menu focuses on home-grown bistro ‘terroir’ cuisine, the passion of owners Jonathan Vercoutere and Julien Pilard. Beginning with entrees, there’s classic foie gras on offer, served with brioche, as well as escargots with garlic and parsley, and tuna tartar. Mains are divided into meats, fish and pastas, with staples like filet mignon with potatoes and truffle sauce, mussels and french fries, and pasta with beef chorizo and comte on offer.
But don’t stop there. In classic French fashion, this bistro also boasts an extensive and well-curated wine list, alongside freshly baked bread and pastries.
This is a restaurant that knows how to have a good time. Specials are available every night, ranging from unlimited raclette cheese on Mondays to oyster Thursdays and fruits de mer seafood platters on Fridays. There’s also a great brunch deal where guests can enjoy one breakfast main, a crepe with strawberry jam or salted caramel and unlimited coffee.