We head down to the recently opened Laduree signature branch overlooking the Bateen Marina and enjoyed a fantastic Sunday lunch on the terrace
Founded in 1862, Laduree started as a small bakery in Paris and has since expanded globally, with branches in major cities around the world. Laduree is known for its exquisite pastries, cakes, and macarons and continues to offer the same high-quality desserts over 150 years later.
We had covered the launch of the Laduree signature branch in Al Bateen when they opened in May 2023 and finally managed to go over and try it last week, and it was a memorable experience.
Situated overlooking the Marina Al Bateen, Laduree offers both indoor and outdoor seating, insides are opulently appointed in the classic French style, with huge mirrors on the walls which are painted powder blue with elegant grouping of tables well spaced with high ceilings festooned with exquisite chandeliers, very regal.
You can choose to sit on the patio outdoor and enjoy the weather and the stunning marina views while you enjoy a memorable meal, we were there late Sunday afternoon and the patio was the perfect choice for a lazy weekend lunch in the capable hands of our lovely server Adel.
As we scanned the menu, Adel poured our water and brought us a basket of freshly baked bread and butter to nibble on while we decided what to order, the bread was absolutely amazing.
The drinks we tried were perfect, the Virgin mojito which was perfectly mixed was outstanding , and the strawberry mojito tasted amazing as well.
For starters, we tried the classic, French onion soup and the Crispy rice eggplant caviar. The eggplant caviar was a first for us, exquisitely plated with great texture and tasted amazing.
The French onion soup was one of the best we have had in a while, great flavour, the rich cheese sat so elegantly on top of the soup, typical French class, loved it.
For mains, we had the Grilled Salmon and the Rib eye steak. Both dishes were cooked to perfection and tasted great. The missus said the salmon was tender and flaky cooked to perfection and the lemon butter sauce enhanced the flavour making it a stellar combination.
The steak was amazing, 350 grams of prime rib eye cooked medium and served with a classic pepper sauce was juicy and had the perfect amount of seasoning, loved it.
As it was Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, they had a special limited edition Diwali Tart for dessert which was superb and a great end to our meal.
Our server, Adel, did a wonderful job. He was attentive and made sure we had a great experience. Overall, we had a great time at Laduree and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great dining experience in Abu Dhabi.
The location is amazing, the food divine and if you love your desserts there is no other place to go than Laduree where the macaroon was actually invented, dont forge tto ask for Adel when you visit.
Laduree Al Bateen is situated right next to The Abu Dhabi EDITION hotel alongside the marina, we parked in the hotel’s free self-parking and it was perfect