St Tropez Bistro

Mall of the Emi­rates

Friday - - Reviews -

With a French menu and café vibe, St Tropez Bistro, the lat­est restau­rant to open in the Mall of the Emi­rates, was al­ways bound to be chic with plenty of ooh la la.

Tucked away next to Après and Kempin­ski, it was quiet when we vis­ited, but I doubt it will stay that way for long. Once ev­ery­one gets to hear about its so­phis­ti­cated yet tra­di­tional menu it will no longer be my best kept culi­nary se­cret.

All white ta­ble cloths and ul­tra­ef­fi­cient, yet charm­ing ser­vice, we opted for the clas­sic dishes – House Soup (French onion) for me and Bur­gundy snails for my hus­band. I’ll ad­mit he was a lit­tle scared as he or­dered. “Are they still in their shells?” he asked, re­mem­ber­ing the scene out of Pret­tyWo­man where Ju­lia Roberts sends a snail fly­ing across a fancy restau­rant. Luck­ily, these came baked in pars­ley but­ter sans shells and Alexio eas­ily pol­ished off the lot. “Very tasty,” he de­clared as I fin­ished my de­li­cious soup, which came with a rus­tic slice of toasted bread with melted cheese float­ing on the top.

Up next were frogs’ legs, which my hus­band ate dain­tily with a knife and fork, while I de­mol­ished sautéed mush­rooms on toast – a hearty and yet fan­tas­ti­cally de­li­cious dish. For his main, Alexio had Moules Marinière, which smelt amaz­ing, and came cooked in shal­lots, gar­lic and cream, while I went for a very unFrench spaghetti pom­madoro, which

Ev­ery­thing was laced with gar­lic as we ex­pected, but at least we’d both eaten it

was per­fectly al dente. Ev­ery­thing was laced with gar­lic, as we ex­pected, but at least we’d both eaten it, so it didn’t ruin the ro­mance.

By now I was full, but along came a sur­pris­ingly light and not-too-sweet pavlova cheese­cake, which we shared, eat­ing ev­ery de­li­cious crumb.

Book early for Valen­tine’s be­cause now the se­cret’s out, St Tropez will no doubt be packed.

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