St Tropez Bistro
Mall of the Emirates
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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