Traditional French in this wonderful little Bistro - Le Beaujolais, Mercure Centre Hotel, Abu Dhabi
My guest and I also share the Carnard farci aux herbes or Stuffed duck with herbs. If you like your duck with moisture, this is a must-have dish. I generally find the duck of confit too dry for my liking and another French classic, the Duck a l'orange, too predictable and clichéd - so on the night, I am thrilled with my choice. A glorious red wine sauce adds great flavour and also drama - it is intense visually and in terms of taste. Steamed vegetables, not unlike the way my mum does it, also grace the plate.
Finally, dessert. I opt for the Apple tatin. Again, it is a big, wholesome portion. The base is decadently soft, almost phyllo pastry-like. A first bite reveals a lot of sweetness. I have it with a bit of vanilla ice cream, resulting in a bit more balance. Still too sweet for me, though. I then add the homemade sour cream - Voila! Balance. After that, I try all three together. Fabulous!
Mercure Centre Hotel,
+971 2 6333555
Meal for 2 excluding drinks: 360AED