Today, La Petite Maison is synonymous with incredible food in wonderfully ambient settings. But while any foodie worth their salt will know all about its reputation, getting here was a long road.
Established in 1980s Nice by Nicole Rubi, a French chef of Italian descent, La Petite Maison started out by serving home-cooked dishes – simple food made well and served in humble surroundings. Such was the quality of that food that the restaurant soon gained a stellar reputation among the city’s discerning diners and to French Riviera holidaymakers.
This is how things would remain until the early 2000s, when a consortium of investors and restaurateurs acquired the global franchise rights to the brand. What followed was a meticulously planned international expansion.
La Petite Maison is both a chain and a boutique restaurant all in one. While its attention to impeccable service, fantastic food and relaxed French ambience runs through every location, each brings its own unique style to proceedings.
Today, La Petite Maison has restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Limassol, London, Miami and Riyadh. Each is among the top-rated restaurants in its respective city. La Petite Maison locations ranked among the Top 50 Restaurants in London, the Top 50 in MENA and the Top 40 in Miami, while its Dubai incarnation has been recognised as the emirate’s best by Time Out.
While the company’s international owners have stayed true to the stylings and menus that earned the original restaurant its reputation, things have naturally evolved over the past two decades. The main inspiration remains the French Riviera, with a heavy Mediterranean influence. Artichokes, lemons, olives, tomatoes, peppers, fresh fish, traditional pasta and fine cuts of meat drive every dish.