It is very rare in Dubai that the temperature drops to 18 degree Celsius. So when the weather was cloudy and chilly on a Saturday afternoon, we decided to try out the most happening brunch in Dubai at Bertin Bistro, which is gaining popularity in the blogosphere.
Bertin Bistro and Restaurant is a one of a kind two-storey 1920s themed restaurant where the ground level serves cuisine from the region of Alsace, which is on the border of Germany and France and bakery items, quiche, tartines and breakfast. Whereas upstairs the menu offers dishes from Spain and Morocco, all under one roof.
We opted to sit outside, taking full advantage of the chilly weather. For drinks we ordered Mango Colada which was a refreshing combination of mango, pineapple and coconut. It was sweet and tangy at the same time. On the other hand Mr A chose a rather healthier option and ordered Mixed Berry smoothie.
We started our meal with Seafood Feuillete which is basically shrimps, salmon, mussels and mushrooms mixed in white sauce & stuffed in puff pastry with a fresh buttery flavor which tastes so divine that your taste buds can’t get enough of it. Since I’m a huge fan of seafood I loved it because it was cooked to perfection and the seafood was very fresh.
As starter we ordered Traditional Bertin’s Flammekueche which was thin crispy flat bread spread with Cream cheese, onions and smoked Bacon. It was my first time trying it and I loved it. Its similar to the arabic Manaeesh but crispier.
Then we tried the shrimp tacos. The problem with ordering any shrimps dish at a restaurant is that if overcooked, shrimps become rubbery and tasteless. But judging by the high standard of Bertin’s I took my chances and it paid off. My shrimp tacos were a savory delight. Two fresh hard tacos filled with lentils, guacamole, shrimps and topped with cheese had a unique french twist to them. They weren’t as spicy as their Mexican counterpart but equally succulent. They were served with sour cream and salsa.
As a main we ordered a Portobello Mushroom Sliders which to my surprise comes in a Portobello bun! I wasn’t expecting the bun to be replaced by a giant mushroom. The burger was well done over the charcoal with cheese, caramelized onion, & BBQ Sauce. Served with a cucumber salad and Potato wedges. All I can say is it was very very tasty!
For desserts we ordered Oreo triple Decker. It had an Oreo biscuit base layered with chocolate mousse and vanilla mousse. Served with vanilla ice cream. It was rich and creamy and tasted heavenly. Loved the presentation.
We even ordered fondue chocolate which i think was a mistake! Its not for one person as I thought it would be. It was the mother of all desserts. Melted chocolate dip which was served with strawberries, kiwis, bananas, cake bites. They even served ice cream and whipped cream with it. If you’re planning to go there for Valentines day then this dessert is your magical love potion. We loved sharing this dessert in the romantic breezy weather. I would call it sinful Fondue.
On the whole our experience at Bertin Bistro and Restaurant was an unforgettable one. The ambiance, food, presentation, service and the spacious interiors were all excellent. They even offer sheesha on the first floor.
If that’s not enough to excite you then there is a small flea market set up every Saturday outside Bertin with stalls selling everything from jewelry to kaftans and you name it. There’s even a lively juggler who entertains the kids and the diners at the restaurant. A perfect place to visit with the family.