Mai­son de Juli­ette

→ Open Sun-thu 10am-mid­night, Fri 9am-mid­night, Sat 8am-mid­night. Un­li­censed. La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (04 385 5532).

Time Out Dubai - - FOOD -

WITH THE WIN­TER weather has come a boom in busi­ness for restau­rants at La Mer. For­got­ten are the mostly empty spa­ces and sweaty faces of those brave enough to ven­ture out in sum­mer.

Now restau­rants are pleas­antly busy – if not heav­ing – and beach­go­ers have a heap of op­tions to suit any mood.

Mai­son de Juli­ette is set back from the main beach area and pret­tily decked out with a quaint um­brella-ed ter­race, pas­tel fur­nish­ings and a well-stocked counter of treats in­doors.

How­ever it’s not a strong start, and af­ter be­ing ig­nored at the en­trance we throw cau­tion to the sea breeze and seat our­selves. Af­ter a fur­ther wait we go and get our own menus. Ser­vice is hap­haz­ard from there on in.

The menu is Mediter­ranean french and there’ s a va­ri­ety of sal­ads, cakes and more hearty mains such as lamb chops or seafood gnoc­chi.

Break­fast is served all day, so we opt for the av­o­cado salmon Bene­dict and Juli­ette’s Provençal omelette. The lat­ter is packed with al dente Mediter­ranean veg and gooey melted em­men­tal. It’s tasty with­out be­ing mind blow­ing.

The Bene­dict has a clash of flavours though, with salmon, av­o­cado and eggs smoth­ered in sun­dried tomato hol­landaise, which is more akin to Coronation chicken sauce. It’s not ter­ri­ble, but it’s a bit odd.

And com­ing in at nearly Dhs200 for two break­fast dishes, a cof­fee and an or­ange juice it’s pricey.

There are bet­ter places to visit in La Mer.

WHAT IS IT... A pricey French café in La Mer WHY GO... If ev­ery­where else is full

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