Bertin Bistro Restaurant and Lounge is an all-day dining Alsatian bistro with hearty eats and patisserie/bakery. We were a bit dicey at first to try it out as we hadn’t heard much about it prior to our visit. The restaurant operates on 2 floors, the 1st floor being a French cuisine, and the 2nd floor being more Arabic. We choose to dine at the 2nd floor.
Cuisine: Breakfast, Brunch, French, German and Spanish/Basque
Where: Bertin Bistro, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Manara Street
Perfect for: a good meal with a chill ambiance
-Spicy Chicken wings
-Six Hours Lamb from Bertin
-Spinach & Ricotta Lasagna
-Oreo Triple Decker
Staff: Extremely welcoming! Our waiter was remarkably helpful, and not only did he suggest some good dishes but also told us what not to order according to our taste, this is something many servers lack in several restaurants. The manager had also personally come to us a couple of times to check if everything was going well.
What we loved: The Six Hours lamb’s presentation was pretty impressive, it was perfectly cooked, tasted delicious, & and had great quantity. The traditional hummus was a bit different (in a good way) than the usual hummus you get at Arabic restaurants. Moreover, they have a lot of enjoyable vegetarian dishes and all diverse from the other. The quantity of food each dish had was excellent. Lastly, the fondu chocolat was just the ice-ing on the cake, it was a perfect way to end the night. We would actually be back here often only for this fondu, and the manager was so sweet that he got us marshmallows too even though it isn’t a part of this dish.
What we didn’t like as much: The spicy chicken wings was not spicy at all but too sweet and dry instead. Additionally, the shrimp tacos, looked so delicious when they arrived, and even were when we ate them however, the tacos were a bit too crispy and we forgot to tell the manager this, but while eating the shrimp taco, the taco when bitten & swallowed are a bit too sharp and so it gets stuck in your throat, this happened to the 2 of us which couldn’t be a coincidence.
What we recommend:
- The Six hours lamb from Bertin
- Fondue Chocolat
Ambiance: For a weekday evening, this place was buzzing (the 2nd floor). They have a lot of outdoor seating on 2 sides of the floor, one being more cozy, whereas the other was like any other restaurant. Very dim lighting, it’s a perfect ambiance to stop at post work for a chill evening and since it’s just in between most work places on shk zayed road, it’s a nice place to stop at during traffic hours.
More on Bertin: On the ground floor, step onto the beautiful marble tiled floor, an Alsatian bistro you can call home, the perfect place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and a freshly baked Bertin Pain Perdu. The menu offers a wide range of dishes, all the while keeping the touch of the classic bistro fare. Opening hours: 8am-10:30pm Alsatian bistro – Bakery (ground floor) (non-smoking inside). Walk-Ins Welcome, Good For Groups, Good For Kids, Take Out, Delivery, Catering, Waiter Service and Outdoor Seating