The Beaujolais restaurant at the Mercure in Abu Dhabi has been a long time favourite in The Luxe Diary, a firm fixture in our Little Black Book.
We were so pleased therefore to sample the restaurant’s Brittany week menu at the beginning of February. Welcomed warmly by head waiter Buddy and his wonderful team, we are greeted as old friends. The red-checkered table cloths, art deco mouldings and marble bar remind us of Le Temps des Cerises in the Marais quarter in Paris (Le Temps des Cerises), our local bistro when home.
On the menu for Brittany week, we sample gorgeous coquilles St Jacques au persil. Perfectly balanced panned scallops in a traditional parsley and butter sauce – washed down with well selected house white – we are in heaven. We are also treated to an artichoke soup – wonderfully creamy and warming. To follow, we opt for a traditional meat stew. A Brittany speciality, the stew is hearty and extremely tasty. A wonderful winter warmer. For a few moments, we are transported to the warmth and cosiness of a seaside restaurant in a Brittany port village, where outside the winter storm from the Atlantic would be pummelling the harbour walls, but where inside we are enveloped by warm rustic aromas, French bonhomie and joie de vivre.
How not to end the meal without traditional Breton crêpes a la mode Suzette? Flambeed, the crêpes are sweet and succulent. A short and sharp French express’ coffee seals the deal – we are replete… and oh so very happy!