The arrival of the fine-dining restaurant in Abu Dhabi is big news – and it’s opening October 15

A second branch of the multi award-winning French restaurant La Petite Maison is launching in the UAE – and the good news is it’s opening right here in the capital.

The second Maison is situated in The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, alongside some of the city’s other big hitters such as Japanese restaurant Zuma (another that has been showered with gongs and trophies over the years), plus fellow new kids on the block 99 Sushi and pan-Latino outlet Coya.

La Petite Maison is a big deal in Dubai – it’s regarded as perhaps the best restaurant in the emirate and has won several What’s On Dubai Awards, including Restaurant Of The Year in 2013 and 2014. It was crowned Best French Restaurant in 2016.

So what can you expect from the new branch in the capital? It’ll occupy a 8,000sqm space that can seat 80 diners. Another 60 foodies can sit al fresco on its terrace – if you’ve eaten on Al Maryah Island before you’ll be familiar with the views of the water and downtown Abu Dhabi on offer. Check out the sneak peak video below to get an idea of what you can expect.

The menu is inspired by Niçoise cuisine and the signature dishes from the Dubai branch will be available in the capital. So get ready to tuck into snails with garlic butter, sea bass carpaccio with salsa verde, grilled lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine, squab pigeon cooked in hay, honey and mustard and desserts such as warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream. Click on the link to their website below for the full menu.

La Petite Maison officially opens October 15 and we’ll give you our verdict as soon as we’re allowed in to review it.