Opened in 2010 as one of the most expected new restaurants in Dubai, LPM sits in Gate Village, in the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC Dining), surrounded by art galleries, high-end shopping, Christie’s auction house, and hotels such as The Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons.
LPM Chairman, Arjun Waney (co-founder of Zuma Restaurants) and Chef Patron, Raphael Duntoye's, idea for the first restaurant, in London, was to both refine and expand this menu, emphasizing the elements that distinguish Niçoise food, olive oil, courgettes, artichokes, tomatoes etc. And our Dubai menu is no exception. Brand new Niçoise -like dishes have been created that have evolved this Mediterranean micro cuisine. The idea was to promote a new take on the general perception of French cuisine. Instead of rich heavy flavours that depended on the use of excessive butter and cream, the restaurant would largely use the elements of Niçoise food, olive oil, tomatoes etc to create a cuisine that was light, healthy and deliciously palatable.
LPM Dubai differs from other LPMs in its scale – some rather mischievously refer to it as ‘La Grande Maison’ – big windows, high ceilings, covers for 120... and 32 more on the terrace. It is a place of crackling energy that retains a somewhat conspiratorial feel – certainly there is nowhere in Dubai quite like it. The cocktail bar, taking up nearly all of one wall, is quite a destination in its own right.