In France, national holiday Bastille Day on 14th July is a big deal, but there’s no reason why Dubai-based Francophiles can’t get in on the action.
Bistro des Arts, Dubai Marina
This lovely slice of France on the waterfront of Dubai Marina will be serving a National Day menu all weekend (14th-16th July).
Marking ‘le quatorze juillet’ are three courses of dishes more French than Coco Chanel in a baguette shop, including snails, teak tartare and, obviously, French fries.
Home-style French cooking, owners hailing from the mother country and a retro ’70s bistro vibe make for an unusual yet earthy dining experience.
Dubai Marina,opposite the RTA Boat Station. 14th-16th July. AED 180 per person (min two people), AED 300 with bottle of house grape. 0455 11 firstname.lastname@example.org. 7.30am-midnight.
Bistro Bagatelle, Fairmont Dubai Hotel
It’s all liberté, egalité and fraternité at this upscale French/New York import and no more so than on Thursday, 14th July.
Say ‘vive la France’ to DJ Sam Starks and thoroughly haute French dining – the French fries are topped with truffle, so naturally at this hot spot, with prices to match.
8pm-2am. Fairmont Dubai. 04 354 5035/www.bagatelledubai.com
Fraiche Cafe & Bistro, JLT
Bright and busy, this popular JLT spot serves French-Canadian cuisine.
If you’re recovering from Bastille Day celebrations, the all-day breakfast brunch will rekindle your ‘joie de vivre’.
You can linger over unlimited portions of morning delights, like Eggs Benedict and sticky toffee French toast, for just AED 75 per person.
Swiss Tower, Cluster Y. 04 369 7821. 8am-4pm. www.facebook.com/FraicheCafe