Sass Café brings a touch of the French Riviera to the Middle East

September 6, 2014


Awash with rich red décor, velvet banquette seating and black fleur-de-lys wallpaper, there is an undeniable sense of class that comes with setting foot in Sass Café. Building on themes from its sister restaurant in Monaco, DIFC’s newest offering combines a closely packed dining area with an elegant bar. Despite the low mood lighting, the spectacular red and black chandeliers hanging from the high ceilings ensure that the restaurant does not feel confined.


While its counterpart on the French Riviera is known for its raucous, dawn-bothering parties, Sass’s Dubai branch is generally a more relaxed affair. To cater for its business hub location, the emphasis is more on the dining and light entertainment as opposed to tabletop dancing. sass cafe_05 The smart clientele are only upstaged by the precision of the pristine white tablecloths, while with the waiting staff more akin to the fashion pages than silver spoon service. Starting from 9pm on weeknights, the elegant setting is complimented by a live musical accompaniment, as crooners sing lounge classics amid the din of delighted diners.


If the generous starters of burrata, lightly fried calamari and sea bream ceviche are anything to go by, then it seems that the chefs have been taking notes from their spiritual home in the Mediterranean. The undeniably European menu offers classic pasta and risotto dishes, which do not skimp on the seafood. There is plenty for the carnivores too, with cuts of Angus and Wagyu steaks – cooked to taste and accompanied by an excellent truffle potato purée – as well as more delicate meats such as veal and lamb cutlets, each cooked with classic Mediterranean ingredients such as garlic, shallots, balsamic vinegar and capers. [gallery link="none" ids="7843,7844,7845,7846"] The desserts don’t come much more classic than a tiramisu (light and fluffy), a crème brûlée (crispy on top and smooth as silk underneath) and the show stealingly moreish lemon tart.


It’s a helping of the French Riviera for both the eyes and taste buds. Details: visit