Chalet 105 has returned for another season at two locations in Dubai, the FACT award-winning La Cantine du Faubourg and trendy beach club Twiggy by La Cantine.
Don’t panic if you couldn’t travel to the mountains this festive season because an alpine retreat has opened at La Cantine du Faubourg and Twiggy by La Cantine to satisfy all your winter cravings.
On a cool winters evening, team FACT ventured to Chalet 105 at Twiggy and were surprised to discover that the alpine pop-up is not located inside the elegant rooftop restaurant space. Instead, one of the beach clubs large cabanas has been converted into a chic winter cabin decorated with skis, candles and stacks of logs.
The transformation into a chic alpine escape is impressive. The quaint and charming interior features a roaring fireplace, cow skin rugs and slatted wooden walls with mountain vistas traced upon the windows. Statement Montblanc watches and pens are housed in glass cases because Chalet 105 is a collaboration with the luxury European Maison that takes its name from the snow-capped mountain.
White table cloths and chairs draped in sheepskin set the tone for cosy winter comfort, matched only by the warm hospitality and hearty alpine cuisine. The unique culinary experience (starting at AED 450) features a selection of Savoie inspired cuisine that begins with a glass of spiced mulled grape for all the festive feels.
The three-course menu has been designed for sharing and features a thick chestnut soup adorned with truffle followed by a bubbling fondue savoyarde. The hearty mixture of Comté, Beaufort and Tomme de Savoie cheese is kept warm by a small burner and accompanied by a green salad and plenty of bread for dipping.
Keeping the enjoyment level high, we’re soon presented with raclette, where cheese is heated and the melted part is scraped off onto potatoes. We’re also served a generously portioned charcuterie platter featuring a trio of meats accompanied by pickles and mustard.
The fun at Chalet 105 continues well into the dessert course, where the savoury cheese fondue is exchanged for a sweet chocolate fondue. Expect fruits, marshmallows and cream-filled profiteroles for dipping in a decadent experience that leaves us feeling well and truly stuffed.
Backed by an upbeat soundtrack, Chalet 105 offers the delights of a distinctly offbeat après ski experience. Providing the perfect atmosphere for a festive-themed dinner with friends, colleagues or loved ones.
Granted, Chalet 105’s remote poolside location is an inconvenient walk from the bathrooms and valet, but trust us when we say it’s well worth the effort.