The restaurant in the Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai, offers a slice of Normandy to the region

There are a handful of restaurants and hotels in Dubai that rise to the occasion on every account. Park Hyatt is one of them. This well-established hotel set along Dubai Creek is home to one of my favourite Thai restaurants in the city, Thai Kitchen.

Their culinary offerings have now expanded, however, to form The Promenade, a selection of restaurants including Noepe; a nautical-themed bar serving cocktails with locally sourced oysters from Dibba, SeventySeventy (a masculine den oozing with sophistication), and Brasserie Du Park, offering a slice of Normandy to the region. Our meal at Brasserie began with sizzling herbed escargots –  a traditional recipe that harks back to 1832 –  and a fluffy omelette du Mont-Saint Michel. This divine souffléd egg creation is doused in a moreish mushroom sauce, topped with black truffle. The roasted octopus tentacle with chickpea puree is worth a try as well, with the beautiful mollusk being tender with a slight bite. For mains, my partner chose the 90-day grain fed beef striploin with robust cider beef jus, while I opted for the highly recommended potted stew of slow-braised beef cheek with root vegetables, served in a Mauviel saucepan – they really do keep everything true to Normandy’s roots –  enclosed in puff pastry.Beef cheek with foie gras is a marriage made in heaven, and this dish was an overall stunner. I polished a beautiful classic apple tart tartan with salted butter caramel ice cream to finish, while my partner dove into a warm chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream – a timeless favourite.

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