The second chapter of the French concept is now welcoming guests at Pullman Downtown Dubai
Award-winning premium-casual French restaurant, Couqley, has officially kicked off a new chapter with the launch of its second location in Dubai; the Couqley French Brasserie. The long-anticipated opening stems from a strategic collaboration between Couqley and Pullman Hotel Downtown to follow the success of the concept’s quintessential JLT hotspot. With doors to the new location now open, guests are invited to experience Couqley’s signature charm, now adapted to cater to the dynamic energy of the downtown dining scene.
Offering the same soulful culinary experience, fairly-priced wine, and warm personalized service as the venue in JLT, the Couqley in Downtown has been redesigned specifically to fit the glorious setting. The new spot, which spans over an area of 6,250 sqft, has been designed to encapsulate the sultry spirit of a buzzing brasserie with a nod to the first location’s classic Parisian charm. With a large golden rooster sculpture flying high above a signature central bar, French garden-inspired booth seating, dining tables under olive trees, lights hanging down from triple-height ceilings, and an exterior terrace directly on – and accessible from – the promenade of the Dubai Canal, the heart and soul of the brasserie remains unchanged. Couqley French Brasserie’s layout has been segmented into an indoor space of 4,100 sqft and an outdoor terrace spanning 2,150 sqft; with a total capacity to host over 255 guests at any given time.
The Golden Rooster (Le Coq D’Or en Français)
The thoughtfully curated, upbeat Parisian setting at Couqley French Brasserie houses a colossal custom-made art sculpture flying more than 4 meters in the air, directly above the venue’s elevated central bar. The installation of a larger-than-life Golden Rooster above the bar takes inspiration from the brand’s name Couqley, derived from the French word ‘couquelet’ meaning ‘baby chicken’. In addition to instantly setting the tone for an exciting experience from the moment guests enter the restaurant, the installation celebrates the brand’s growth, success, and evolution over the years and marks its bold arrival into a new chapter. The baby chicken has grown up to become a big Golden Rooster – embracing all those in its vicinity with good luck and prosperity.
Designed by the color-loving Dubai-based Portuguese artist Ana D’Castro, Couqley’s newest location welcomes abundant sunlight through its triple-height ceiling and its 9-meter high window wall that stretches across the venue. The brand’s first-ever outdoor experience features panoramic views of the Dubai Canal, alongside a full-scale view of the Dubai skyline. The restaurant is accessible from both the promenade and the lobby of the hotel reception. For the indoor space, the artist has integrated a new dimension into the brand’s long-standing aesthetics using elements like soaring high walls in rich teal, a wooden parquet floor, a centrally located marble-top island bar and a semi-open kitchen creating a direct view of the chefs at work.
Staunch in its commitment to curating a setting of casual vibrancy, Couqley French Brasserie will continue to offer its predecessor’s signature value-led dining experience made electric with a combination of upbeat jazz, lounge and French music. In addition to the best-selling menu at the JLT location, Couqley French Brasserie will also be serving the same weekly dining deals allowing diners to indulge in Couqley’s Business Lunch, Steak Frites Mondays and Ladies Night. The menu offers all of Couqley’s loved dishes served up with the same smiles in a new, gorgeous downtown location.
“The addition of Couqley Brasserie to Pullman Dubai Downtown has definitely added to the allure of our Hotel. With Couqley bringing a fuss-free, high quality French fare to Business Bays’ dining scene, we look forward to welcoming a parade of diners wanting to first-handedly experience the essence of the ultimate dining destination of the neighbourhood. Our vision to bring the same loved charm here in Downtown has come to life, which will now be complete with guests having a consistent and innovative experience during breakfast, lunch and dinner at Pullman, thanks to the newly opened Couqley Brasserie” said Alexander Musch, General Manager, Pullman Dubai Downtown.
“Since the launch of Couqley, we have been overwhelmed with the love the concept has received owing to our 3 main foundations: our memorable personalized service, our value-led premium-casual proposition, and of course, our consistently great food. The regular full house at our JLT location and our number 1 rating out of all restaurants in Dubai on TripAdvisor are a testament to the dedicated service and culinary excellence we offer. We’re excited to enter the dining scene of Downtown Dubai to provide an experience that offers our casual charisma, culinary consistency, and a lot of value to guests – in addition to a few new distinct elements at our gorgeous brasserie. Every inch, fixture and nail has been detailed to match the spirit of the electric locality while maintaining the very basis of Couqley’s ethos in the foreground of our bespoke new location. Now more than ever, we’re ready to present to the city, Couqley’s unique ability to take inspiration from its surrounding environment in the incredible city of Dubai, to deliver a magical experience that you will want to keep coming back for!” said Ziad Kamel, Founder & CEO of Couqley.
The new experience goes beyond the architecture, radiating the loved indistinguishable charm that Couqley is known for. Couqley French Brasserie is now welcoming guests to experience the same loved flavours of a contemporary dining experience in Downtown from 12 PM to 2 AM.