Many will tell you that La Petite Maison, an offshoot of the fine French café chain born in Nice, serves the best French food to be found in Dubai. And, indeed, the DIFC restaurant occupies a place on San Pellegrino's vaunted 2013 list of the World's Best 100 Restaurants (it's one of only two restaurants in Dubai to achieve such an honour).
Enter the posh — yet not at all off-putting — restaurant, where the cream walls are hung with modern art and tables draped with white cloths in front of cream leather banquettes. You'll be treated to cuisine from the South of France: grilled aubergine with mozzarella, prawns and Provençal pistou sauce, pan-fried Dover Sole with grainy mustard dressing and whole sea bream baked en papillote with lemon and fresh herbs.
For any French food connoisseur, it's a culinary experience not to be missed.