Family Eats: French bites at Delifrance

My husband and I prefer a light meal in the evenings. Hence, Delifrance at Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai, turned out to be a good choice for a weekend dinner.

This deli and restaurant is located close to the metro link at the mall. The seating area is unhindered by walls as it's open, and the kitchen is also see-through. This gives the place a spacious feel. The red and white decor is contemporary, unlike classic interiors at most French cafes.

The menu mainly has sandwiches and salads, but also some hot dishes. It's a place you would go to if you're not looking to stuff yourself, but want something better than the ordinary.

We didn't order any hot drinks. It was fresh watermelon juice for me and Little Dude, and peach-flavoured Paris 'Je T'aime' for my husband. The juice was fresh, as promised, and the sparkling drink was nice too.

We started off with the Beef Avocado salad, which had a thai sauce dressing. I liked the tangy sauce and the fresh avocado, but the beef felt more chewy than it should be in a salad.

Our main course dishes were Asian Chicken, and the Fusilli Pesto, with a side of grilled vegetables. I loved the chicken pieces, which were so succulent in their soy-base sauce. The accompanying salad of pineapple, cucumber, and pomegranate was refreshing. The dish also included stir-fried mushrooms and broccoli, and a toast on the side. Overall, the flabvours of the dish were pleasant on the palate.

The pesto pasta was perfectly al dente, with just the right amount of cheese. It was quite hearty, and the serving size was generous.

They have a few dishes for kids. Little Dude decided to have the Chicken Burger with only cheese. It was made with multicereal bread, but he didn't eat much of it, preferring our meal of pasta and chicken. I tasted it, but didn't find the burger juicy. Fries were served on the side.

French desserts are so delicious that we had to leave room for them! I had the chocolate creme brulee, which was not too sweet and melt-in-the-mouth. We also tried the Caramel Eclair, and Chocolate Eclair which were as good as any I've tasted in Dubai. My husband had the fruit salad which looked so pretty with the strawberry rose.

Delifrance was orginally founded in France in 1919, and produces its own bread, pastry and savoury items. So, they're good at what they're doing!

If you're taking kids, they have a special offer at the Ibn Battuta Mall outlet.  Dinner Time at Delifrance is available from 3.30-6pm every day and includes a complimentary juice and fruit salad or scoop of ice-cream with every kid’s meal purchased at Ibn Battuta.

We were invited to try the menu at Delifrance, but all views and opinions are my own.

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