A culinary journey to a traditional Parisian Bistro and Boulangerie:
The sophistication and elegance of the Vida Boutique Hotel located at Downtown Dubai has been enhanced tenfold with the addition of a classic French restaurant that goes by the name of La Serre. We’ve been to a fair share of French bistros in Dubai, and some of them don’t abide by the authenticity of classic Parisian cooking . Luckily for us, we found one such spot that serves French food at its elegant best and gives you the luxury of indulging in a fine dining set-up without heavy price tags associated to it. (Phew!)
We’ve heard that the beauty of La Serre can be admired during the day and night. By day, the entire restaurant (which includes the boulangerie on the ground floor and the bistro on the first floor) is brightly lit up with natural daylight penetrating through the large glass doors. And by night, the entire restaurant protrudes a very cozy and romantic feel with gorgeous views of the dazzling city. Since we thrive on natural light, we decided to dine at La Serre during the day at the Bistro. As we entered La Serre we were in awe of the sleek, minimalistic and soft interiors of the restaurant that exhibited white and light wooden hues. Even for a weekday afternoon, the restaurant was buzzing with guests and the atmosphere of the restaurant was absolutely vibrant.
Tantalizing our taste buds with true Parisian food:
The menu is comprehensive and divided into nine categories – “Pour Grignoter” which means to nibble, “Pour Commencer” which means to start, “Brut” which means cold, “Chaud” which means hot, “Enrichissant” which means enriching (these are essentially pasta or risotto dishes), “La Mer” which means sea, “Famille” which means family (essentially meat dishes), “La Terre” which means earth and symbolizes veggie sides) and Desserts which are simply desserts :).
From the “nibbling” section, we tried the Tarte Flambée also known as an Onion Tart. We were expecting dishes from this portion of the menu to be relatively small, but the tart was roughly the size of a pizza. Loved the sweetness of the caramelized onions and the texture of the base that was flaky and crisp. The tart looked vibrant and we loved the dollops of crème fraiche that added wonderful flavor.
From the starters, we tried the rich and creamy Burrata Et Tomates (which is Burrata with tomatoes). Being one of our most favorite cheeses, we are always on a quest to indulge in some of the best quality burrata this city has to offer. Without the slightest bit of hesitation we can most definitely vouch for the Burrata at La Serre, being one of the best we’ve ever had.
From the “Cold” section, we sampled the “Tartare de bœuf ” (Beef Tartar) that is generously served with an egg yolk in its shell on the side. The tartar was perfectly seasoned and the flavors were well balanced. We also tried the Carpaccio De Sériole (Yellowtail Tuna Carpaccio) that was beautifully presented. The carpaccio had a mildly acidic dressing that highlighted the freshness of the fish and brought about a burst of flavors in our mouths.
From the “Hot” section we tried the Langoustines Poêlées Et Beurre Truffé (Seared langoustine with gnocchi and truffle butter) that tasted incredible. Each component of this dish complemented each other and left us salivating and wanting more. The truffle butter had a strong and powerful essence of truffle that elevated the entire dish up. Loved the textural play of the langoustine and gnocchi that went perfectly well together.
From the pasta section, we tried the Risotto à La Menthe Et Crevette (Prawn risotto with mint) that comprised of perfectly al dente risotto cooked in a rich creamy sauce with perfectly juicy prawns. A simple yet tasty dish that’s subtle on the palette.
From the seafood section of the menu, we tried the Saumon d’Ecosse Aux Fines Herbes Et Citron Confit (which is Scottish Salmon with Fresh Herbs and Confit Lemon). The highlight of this dish was the salmon itself that was cooked to tender perfection and flaked effortlessly. The mild marinade of fresh herbs and lemon added a subtle graceful tinge to the dish without overpowering the flavor of the fish. From the meat selection, we tried the Travers De Boeuf Cuit 50 Heures Et Oignons Doux (50 hours cooked Beef Short Ribs with Sweet Onion) that most definitely had to be the best dish we’ve had at La Serre. We loved everything about this dish – the rich, indulgent sauce that had the perfect consistency, the tender and juicy beef short ribs that literally melted in our mouths as we bit into it and the perfectly cooked sweet onions that added a wonderful texture to the dish. An absolute win and a must have!
We also indulged in a serving of Gratin Dauphinois (Potato Gratin) which is a signature at La Serre. The gratin was so delicious, we could consider it a main. The potatoes were cooked perfectly soft and tasted absolutely rich and sinfully delicious!
For dessert, we tried the Cheesecake Au Fruit De La Passion (Madagascar Vanilla and Passion fruit Cheesecake) that was decadently smooth and had the most perfect layer of tart passion fruit jelly that cut through the richness of the dessert. We also tried the Pudding Moelleux Au Caramel Et Glace à La Vanilla (also known as Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice cream) that was perfectly soft and soaked with a rich and thick caramel/toffee sauce. Although this dessert might seem a bit heavy to some, we had absolutely no trouble devouring it within seconds!
Address & Contact Details:
Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard
Downtown Dubai, UAE
Onion Tart – Dhs 45
Burrata with Tomatoes – Dhs 95
Beef Tartar – Dhs 75
Yellowtail Tuna Carpaccio – Dhs 75
Seared langoustine with gnocchi and truffle butter – Dhs 195
Prawn risotto with mint – Dhs 145
Potato Gratin – Dhs 30
50 hours cooked Beef Short Ribs with Sweet Onion – Dhs 295
Scottish Salmon with Fresh Herbs and Confit Lemon – Dhs 175
Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice cream – Dhs 65
Madagascar Vanilla and Passion fruit Cheesecake – Dhs 65