La Residence Restaurant & Lounge – Raffles Hotel

La Residence - Interiors
La Residence – Interiors
We at La Resdience, Raffles Hotel attached to Wafi
We at La Residence, Raffles Hotel attached to Wafi

This is the newly opened French restaurant. La Residence is located in Raffles Hotel found at the tip of Wafi. A perfect spot for fine dining. Warm elegant interiors with a modern touch. Dishes that are unique and beautifully presented, makes this a perfect spot to impress anyone. They are currently open only for dinner from 07:00pm onwards.

La Residence - Interiors
La Residence – Interiors
La Residence - Interiors
La Residence – Interiors
La residence - lounge - interiors
La residence – lounge – interiors

The moment I entered their restaurant I was quite impressed with their interiors. Probably kept staring at those beautiful chandeliers throughout my dinner.  It sets a perfect example how a fine dining restaurant should be. The restaurant actually has two sides to it. One side is the smoking area and they call it the lounge as well. The other side is where you have the dinner. The whole warm lighting setup, candles on each table, comfortable chairs and leather sofas makes this a very cozy place.

Mocktails - Dhs 35 - From left: Tarte Du pays(Rhubarb & Elderflower topped up with housemade rosewater soda) and Fruits et creme( vanilla yoghurt, almond milk, caramel and cinnamon spices and pineapple foam)
Mocktails – Dhs 35 – From left: Tarte Du pays(Rhubarb & Elderflower topped up with housemade rosewater soda) and Fruits et creme( vanilla yoghurt, almond milk, caramel and cinnamon spices and pineapple foam)
Complimentary breads
Complimentary breads
Plain butter and seaweed butter
Plain butter and seaweed butter
compliments - Bread filled with cheese
compliments – Bread filled with cheese

From the mock tail list I’d say just go for the Tarte Du pays (Rhubarb & Elderflower topped up with housemade rosewater soda) which is the best for me in their list. Unfortunately I couldn’t enjoy their Fruits et creme mocktail simply because the overall taste was like a medicinal syrup 🙁 We got two types of compliments for dinner. One was bread filled with cheese and the other was flat breads and hot cross buns. The Foccacia were really soft and freshly made. Thankfully they would generously come back to you for a refill of their fresh breads. There is also two types of butter given along with the breads which is the plain butter and seaweed. I enjoyed the seaweed butter more for it’s flavour.

Chilled velvety Green Pea Soup - Dhs 60 along with fresh goats' curd and olive oil
Chilled velvety Green Pea Soup – Dhs 60 along with fresh goats’ curd and olive oil
Soft Boiled Egg along with royale style mushrooms - dhs 60
Soft Boiled Egg along with royale style mushrooms – dhs 60
Nicoise style - tuna salad - Dhs 90 - seared fillet and preserved toro, olive oil
Nicoise style – tuna salad – Dhs 90 – seared fillet and preserved toro, olive oil

Not very often you bump into a cold soup. The chilled velvety green soup was awesome, loved the thick goats’ cheese found inside the soup. The mushrooms were the best part for me inside royale boiled egg. Although my taste buds didn’t get along with the liquid foam of the boiled egg. The tuna salad was excellent. It also comes with raw tuna along with different sauces. I initially hesitated, seeing it raw but it was surprisingly good and easily finished them all. The dressing of the salad had a great taste to it.

My guest enjoying his fillet of veal - dhs 210
My guest enjoying his fillet of veal – dhs 210
Fillet of VEAL - Dhs 210 with macaroni cheese and vegetables
Fillet of VEAL – Dhs 210 with macaroni cheese and vegetables
Milk-fed lamb with citrus fruit - dhs 195 - along with piquillos pepper and tangy-spicy sauce
Milk-fed lamb with citrus fruit – dhs 195 – along with piquillos pepper and tangy-spicy sauce
The piquillos pepper that comes along as a side with milk-fed lamb - dhs 195
The piquillos pepper that comes along as a side with milk-fed lamb – dhs 195

For the maincourse be it the lamb or Veal, we were happy with the meats but was quite shocked to see the tiny portion size. For the price the quantity was a bit too less. The piquillos pepper which came as a side for the Milk fed lamb was very good. We also tried their french fries as a side which came crisp and nice like how it should be.

choose 2 classic pastries for Dhs 95
choose 2 classic pastries for Dhs 95
French Toast with salted caramel ice cream - Dhs 50
French Toast with salted caramel ice cream – Dhs 50
Valrhona chocolate square - Dhs 95
Valrhona chocolate square – Dhs 95

You must definitely try their french toast which was my favourite from the sweet section. I had lot of expectation from valrhona chocolate square but somehow it wasn’t as dark on the inside as it was on the outside. Not rich enough for a chocoholic. For pastries, the good part is they bring the entire collection of patisserie to your table so you can see and pick which makes it very convenient to make a choice.

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