Review: Couqley French Bistro & Bar in Dubai
Here's our experience trying out this Jumeirah Lakes Towers hotspot
29 March 2022
Main image credit: @couqleyuae
Looking for a Parisian dining experience in Dubai?
It's about time you discovered Couqley French Bistro & Bar, one of the most friendly and soulful bistros in the emirate, where the food is delicious, the wine fairly-priced, and the service is warm with careful attention.
This stunning restaurant is located in Mövenpick Hotel, Cluster A of Jumeirah Lakes Towers, easily accessible by car or just a short walk from the nearest metro station.
Named after one of the co-founders, Frenchman Chef Alexis Couquelet, the bistro follows after his culinary expertise, high standards, and love for French cuisine.
The ExpatWoman team had the opportunity to enjoy a stunning three-course meal, and here's how it went!
What’s the vibe? Once you walk into Couqley, you are swept into a Parisian bistro. It's the kind of eatery you could take literally anyone – a date, your family, a business meeting – they've got an interior that would suit any mood.
A children's menu is also available.
Now, let’s talk about the food. I almost don't want to give away this hidden gem in JLT!
My partner and I were recommended the calamari, and the shrimp and avocado which were both great appetizers that wonderfully lead us into our mains. You can really tell that their menu has been crafted to offer something for almost every palate, from subtle, delicate flavours to bold, colourful bites.
We both had the steak and frites as this is a popular must-have at Couqley. I opted for the mushroom sauce which served to add to the flavour of the dish, with side orders of creamed spinach and green complimenting the steaks perfectly especially as they were cooked to our exact specifications.
Desserts at Couqley
As full as we were, the temptation for dessert was too much and Couqley has a tasty selection to satisfy a sweet tooth. I had the Pain Perdu with gourmet ice cream on top. The combination of that sweet French toast and ice cream made for the kind of dessert that will have you finishing the plate clean.
My partner had the chocolate fondant that was baked perfectly oozing with chocolate sauce.
Couqley French Bistro & Bar: Our Verdict
All in all, you're going to love this French bistro in Dubai as it serves up some of the most delicious modern French soul food we've had, with a warm, family-friendly approach and great vibe.
The main attraction to Couqley is the stunning indoor setting, as well as the friendly and knowledgeable staff. It certainly doesn’t disappoint and it is quickly growing to be my favourite Dubai bistro. Take our word for it: just go.
Banging good weekly specials at Couqley
STEAK FRITES Monday (all day)
2 steak frites with side salads + 1 bottle of wine + 1 dessert to share for AED 297
Mondays from 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm
MOULES FRITES Tuesday (all day)
Unlimited mussels and fries + 2 glasses of wine for AED 179 per person
Tuesdays from 12:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Ooh La La Thursday Ladies Night (6:00 PM to 11:00 PM)
AED 99 per lady for 1 main course and discounted prices for starters and desserts, inclusive of unlimited wines and a cocktail
Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Saturday Cheese Night (6:00 PM to 11:00 PM)
Choose from Couqley's variety of cheesy selections and pair it with their carefully chosen Wine Flights. See the online menu for more information.
Saturdays from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
All offers require booking, with maximum 3 hours of stay.
Other offers at Couqley
Lunch Times at Couqley (12:00 PM to 3:00 PM; weekdays)
2 starters or Starter + Main Course or Main Course + Dessert for AED 99
(Please note, this is not valid on weekends, public holidays or special occasions.)
Happy Hour After Work (Daily from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
AED 99 per Bottle or AED 21 per Glass of our House Wines, AED 31 for Beer Pint, AED 27 for selected Cocktails and Spirits, and more!
Canapés are also available.
Late Happy Hour (Daily from 11PM onwards)
Red, White and Rosé: AED 29/glass
Draughts: AED 33/pint - AED 19/half pint
Beer Bottles and Spirits: AED 29
Late Nights from 11:00 pm to midnight
We highly recommend booking your table beforehand.