Is this still the best French restaurant in Dubai?

Serving perfectly cooked French classics, La Petite Maison is a cut above anything else on offer in Dubai.

Matthew Priest November 15, 2014


In theory, there should be nothing special about La Petite Maison. The square, French bistro restaurant is a simply decorated maze of tables awash with white and neutral colours. A narrow bar takes up an entire side of the space and only a shoulder-high glass divider separates it from the dining area.

But a closer look at the details – the pressed white table cloths, dark wooden floor panelling, the immaculately dressed (and mannered) staff – sets it apart as one of the most elegant and sought-after tables in the city. La Petite Maison. ATMOSPHERE.

Since it opened four years ago, LPM has always offered the Dubai dining scene something different – a beautiful, high-end restaurant that doesn’t feel ostentatious. Its main strength is that the space manages to balance a warm, lively atmosphere, while ensuring the mood remains elegant.


There is so much that can be gained from getting the simple things right – and that is exactly what the LPM kitchen does. Every time. The lengthy menu offers southern French cuisine from Nice, and prides itself on simple dishes done right.

You won’t find any unnecessary flourishes but simple, healthy and hugely flavoursome sharing dishes including sweet peppers, white beans with truffle vinaigrette, burratta, octopus carpaccio and the kitchen’s trademark lentil salad – testament to just how right you can make simple food.

The ample size of the mains allows the option of having one each or sharing several among the table. Again, the focus is on simplicity and taste. The whole sea bream baked en Papillote with lemon melts in your mouth, while it is hard to imagine a better forkful of food than the grilled rib-eye steak with potato dauphinoise and steamed broccoli.

Dessert is another fine example of the kitchen's talents, with a classic selection of dishes on offer. The cheesecake is arguably the nicest we’ve ever eaten, while the French toast (accompanied with a wonderful spiced ice cream) and tiramisu excel in both taste and consistency. However, the award has to go to the vanilla crème brûlée – a true triumph.


Put simply, it is still the best restaurant in Dubai.

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