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Regardless of the quality of the food they serve, it’s often difficult for Dubai’s many hotel-run restaurants to shake off that hotel restaurant vibe. So it’s to places like Bistrot Bagatelle (+971 4 354 5035) we locals go for a hefty side of atmosphere to enjoy with our food at weekends. Let your waiter guide you through the menu highlights,such as a to-die-for black truffle pizza and spicy lobster linguine. You’ll find it inside the Fairmont Dubai.
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