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As the winner of ‘Best European Restaurant’ at the Fact Dining Awards Abu Dhabi 2020, Fouquet’s brings a touch of Paris to Abu Dhabi. Offering more than just delectable dining, Fouquet’s represents multi-faceted destination dining and should be on your ‘must dine list (if it isn’t already). Here’s why…
Location, Location, Location:
A symbol of French hospitality, the classic Parisian brasserie Fouquet’s has found the perfect home at Louvre Abu Dhabi. Situated in the capitals up-and-coming Saadiyat Cultural District, Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi is an exquisite restaurant where the food on the plate is as impressive as the art hanging on the walls in the museum galleries. Fouqet’s can be found within the museum grounds, located beneath the majestic domed architecture designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Be entranced by the latticed roof providing a striking ‘rain of light’ effect, before entering into the the restaurant with its expansive terrace, ideal for al fresco dining and sundowners overlooking the Arabian Gulf.
Being the brand’s ninth opening – Fouquet’s has locations in Paris, Cannes, Toulouse, Marrakech, La Baule, Enghien-les-Bains, Courchevel and Montreux – the venue takes prime position in the heart of the museum – an ideal stop for a leisurely lunch or dinner after you’ve toured the masterpieces on display. Inside, avant-garde chandeliers float effortlessly above the elegant tables draped in crisp white linen and hugged by the brand’s signature red leather chairs. Inspired by the original Fouquet’s on the Champs-Elysées, the team has crafted a look that is both profoundly nostalgic and totally of the moment, with classic touches anchoring the achingly modern space. The ambience of old-fashioned, understated sophistication is given a contemporary twist with gallery-white walls. Other walls are covered in black and white portraits of the celeb-world’s glitterati from the renowned Studio Harcourt. Silver napkin rings with celebrities’ names engraved immerse guests in a “red carpet” vibe. Colossal windows draw the eye outwards, to where the glistening Arabian Gulf kisses the horizon.
Cuisine by Michelin Star Chef Pierre Gagnaire:
Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi offers a menu created in collaboration with French Michelin Star Chef Pierre Gagnaire – a genius in the kitchen who needs no introduction. A testament to his unparalleled creativity and flair, the imaginative menu of bistronomy features French classics injected with an inimitable Gagnaire twist. With spectacular flavours and flawless presentation, dishes remain faithful to the restaurant’s modern French heritage, with particular attention paid to sourcing only the finest ingredients. The alluring mix of Les Entrees, Les Plats, Les Fromages and Les Desserts includes Crevettes Roses, a beautiful homage to the popular juicy shrimps found on many French menus, and Dover Sole Meunieré, cooked in lightly browned butter and zesty lemon. Dessert is a deeply delectable soiree with Crêpes Suzette prepared tableside in an exciting interactive gesture.
There’s a secret speakeasy – Le Marta:
Through a secret door lies Marta, an intimate speakeasy-style bar that can be booked for pre- or post-dinner drinks. A picture of Parisian perfection in the form of a hybrid bar and lounge featuring a sophisticated menu of cocktails and mocktails, dreamed up by powerhouse mixologists, served against a sea of steel grey walls. With mixology evenings, tasting classes and a Wednesday gent’s night on the weekly schedule, Marta provides a perfect backdrop for overdue catchups and special celebrations.
Afternoon Tea and Take Away Pastries:
As the only venue in the capital serving Le Goûter. Prepare to be enamoured by the traditional French afternoon tea renowned for always offering something sweet. Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi has reimagined the French tradition as a social affair to be savoured and enjoyed. Indulge in a selection of petits fours and pastries curated by Pierre Gagnaire and layered on a three-tiered tray served alongside magnificent blends of tea. Available daily from 3pm to 6pm AED 140 per person.
The upmarket and undeniably luxurious venue also offers a takeaway cake service for those who wish to take a taste of Fouquet’s home. Guests can pre-order their favourite French cakes to celebrate their special occasions. The hardest decision is whether it’ll be the Millefeuille Cake or a Triomphe au Chocolat!
Fouquet’s is a gastronomy awakening for anyone looking to broaden their horizons on the food front. It’s for those who crave a taste of adventure – but, conveniently, without the flight ticket!
Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi is open daily for lunch and dinner.