As you may have noticed, Lenôtre cafe opposite Jarir Bookstore has closed down, but don’t worry, a new branch of Lenôtre has opened up! This time it’s a restaurant, on what will surely be known as The Lenôtre Boulevard, consisting of the chocolaterie Patchi, Roger’s Diner, an American style diner and Lenôtre, the French restaurant.

Marhaba went along to Lenôtre’s opening night and were very excited about the chance to sample some French haute cuisine from the world renowned ambassador of French gastronomy.

This chic restaurant has a facade of glass, but instead of making you feel exposed, Lenôtre is far enough removed from the road for the glass to illuminate the space and yet at the same time it retains a very cosy and friendly atmosphere. The minimalist decor has a slightly 1980s feel, but watch out for the monochrome tiled floor – it might hypnotise you!

This is Chef Yannick Tirbois‘ first Middle Eastern experience, and he told Marhaba that he is bringing 20 years of experience from Europe and Asia to Lenôtre. Made Head Chef at the age of 21, his philosophy is to run a relaxed kitchen. And, as he said, as cooking is about communication he is keen to learn all about Arabic food, too.

Marhaba can attest that Chef Tirbois knows his stuff: we were treated to an expansive buffet of light entrees, then a lovely plate of lobster ravioli and for desert we got to pick a selection of jewel like sweets from their sweet counter, which was a lot of fun!


  • a business lunch
  • anyone with a sweet tooth
  • those who fancy a taste of French cuisine
  • a lunch with the girls
  • anyone who likes light, delicious food

And now that the weather has cooled down a bit, it’s possible to sit on the terrace, relax and watch the world go by.

Call 4455 2111 for more information or to book a table.